Director of Development
Fayetteville, AR 
Posted 2 days ago
Job Description

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Type of Position:

Professional Staff - External Affairs

Job Type:

Work Shift:
Day Shift (United States of America)

Institution Name:
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

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HNRC | Honors College

Summary of Job Duties:
The Director of Development will provide strategic oversight and daily management of the fundraising efforts for initiatives identified by the Division. This position will work collaboratively with the other members of the department, as well as the division and will report directly to the Dean of the Honors College and to the Executive Director of Development for University Initiatives in the Development department. The Director will work with University administrators, development colleagues across campus, and volunteers to identify, engage, solicit, and steward donors for the Honors College; continually focus on donor stewardship and developing relationships for future giving to support the Honors College and Dean Initiatives as they evolve; maintain focus on fundraising initiatives and needs, identify means to engage prospective donors, secure annual and major gifts, and have identifiable fundraising outcomes annually; manage the development activity for the Honors College Dean; manage a combined portfolio (approximately 60 – 90 prospects) and average eight or more personally scheduled visits with donors/prospects each month; once a portfolio is developed and donors cultivated, deliver, on average, 12 major gift proposals of $25,000 or more per year; collaborate with the Annual Giving team to develop strategies to: 1) substantially grow the annual giving program/initiatives, 2) develop a leadership annual giving program and 3) create a parents program to support the Honors College; collaborate with the director of communication to create marketing materials that promote fundraising priorities for the college; work closely with the Executive Director of Development while adhering to University development policies and procedures.

The Director will also be responsible for the following for the Honors College:
develop and manage the Honors College’s long-term prospect pipeline, concentrating particularly on alumni now entering their forties and Honors College Parents to build out the Honors College’s major gifts program; identify other current donors and prospects with a commitment to honors education; build the Honors College annual giving program, focusing on alumni and parents, both for immediate financial support of the college and to identify and cultivate future major-gift prospects; provide strategic support to the Dean’s Advisory Board and Parents Committee to help identify fundraising initiatives, members, and enlist their assistance and guidance regarding fundraising priorities; supervise assistant director of development, whose major focus is on event management and to support the Director of Development’s travel and donor needs.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university

  • At least three years of full-time, professional experience in major gift fundraising

  • Experience managing volunteers and advisory boards

  • Experience coordinating travel for university leadership such as deans, vice chancellors and/or provost – including the ability to brief leadership prior to travel and meetings

  • Experience in data screening, analysis, and interpretation

  • Experience launching new fundraising programs and initiatives

  • Supervisory experience

  • Willingness to travel on behalf of the university and work irregular hours if needed

  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

  • Demonstrated experience with donor databases such as Advance, Blackbaud, or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in higher education or equivalent from an accredited university

  • At least five years of full-time, professional experience in fundraising with at least three years of major-gift fundraising experience

  • Demonstrated ability and outcomes to create new programming that financially support dean initiatives

  • Previous, successful experience in a major giving campaign, preferably in higher education

  • Experience working with university administrators, deans, and faculty and development colleagues to engage donors and align passions with fundraising priorities

  • Experience with planned and deferred giving and other giving vehicles

  • Notable experience securing major gifts for student initiatives: examples include but are not limited to scholarships, study abroad programs/travel, diversity and inclusion, and more

  • Experience working with student parents

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated high proficiency and knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher

  • Knowledge of a university campus and an arts and sciences college

  • Knowledge of special event management

  • Demonstrated advanced verbal and written communication skills with the ability to confidently represent the university in a professional manner

  • Ability to work confidently under pressure of deadlines and dollar goals

  • Ability to confidently represent the university in a professional manner

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and respond respectfully to input from supervisors, division colleagues, and university leadership

Additional Information:
Salary: Commensurate with education and/or experience.

Documents Needed To Apply:

To be considered, applicants will need to submit:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter/letter of application

  • A list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and contact number)

Optional Document(s):

Proof of Veterans (if applicable)

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

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The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. 

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:

Frequent Physical Activity:
Occasional Physical Activity:
Benefits Eligible:
The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.


Special Notes/Instructions
Cover Letter and Resume
Contact Information
Eunice M. Alberson Director of Human Resources Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator
Job Summary
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3+ years
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