College of Mass Communications and Information Studies
Assistant Director of Development
Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, the
Assistant Director of Development supports the management
and operations of the College of Mass Communications and
Information Studies. The incumbent will be responsible
for building and managing a donor/prospect portfolio for
the University of South Carolina College of Mass Communications
and Information Studies.
Assist Senior Director of Development: Assist the Senior
Director of Development in the prospecting of major gift
opportunities; identifying leads through relationships
with alumni and data research.
Prospect identification: Identify, cultivate and solicit
prospective donors, including individuals, foundations
and corporations; provide stewardship for donors; assist
in maintaining prospect tracking information in Millennium
and other central databases. Clear and coordinate prospective
donors through Millennium procedures to ensure effective
solicitation of the donor.
Donor/Prospect Personal Visits: Develop and implement
donor cultivation and solicitation strategies and conduct
personal visits independently and with appropriate leadership
from the College. Responsible for meeting personal visit
and dollar goals. Documenting gifts and gifts in kind for
the College. In cooperation with the Senior Director of
Development, actively engage department chairs, faculty,
alumni and key volunteers in fundraising efforts.
Dean’s Circle: Oversee growth and management of
the College’s Dean’s Circle to include identification,
cultivation, solicitation and stewardship; actively engage
department chairs, faculty, alumni and key volunteers in
fundraising efforts. Grow Dean’s Circle membership
Annual Plan of Work: In collaboration with Senior Development
Director, develop an annual plan of work, including specific
fundraising, campaign, prospect development and programmatic
goals. Prepare reports and other required information as
Team Cooperation: Serve as a member of the overall USC
Development team by collaborating with colleagues across
disciplines on donor strategies. File timely contact reports,
maintain accurate records and provide updated information
for electronic databases as appropriate. Serve on committees
and attend staff meetings as required.
- Baccalaureate degree from accredited college or university.
- Three or more years of successful higher education
or related fundraising/development experience.
- Appropriate knowledge of principles and methods of
planning and conducting a comprehensive fundraising program
- Ability to establish good working relationships with
faculty, alumni, donors, volunteers, businesses and the
- Outstanding oral, written and interpersonal communication
- Willingness to travel as required by the geographic
location of donors/prospects.
- Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends,
Mental Demands Required:
Reading, excellent written and verbal communication, analytical
and critical thinking skills, ability to manage multiple
concurrent tasks, intelligence, constant interruptions,
mathematical skills, stress, extremely high accuracy rate,
proofreading, reasoning, high level of concentration, confidentiality,
Physical Demands Required:
Driving, speaking, listening, attendance. Must be able
to make presentations at meetings. Some evening and weekend
work will be required.
Equipment Needed to Perform the Tasks:
Computers, word processor, copier, fax machine, telephone,
calculator, motor vehicle.
Guidelines and supervision an employee receives in order
to do this job, including the employee’s independence
The ability to plan, coordinate, and conduct fundraising
activities cannot be subject to detailed supervision. The
employee will report directly to the Senior Director of
Development – College of Mass Communication and Information
Studies. Incumbent must be able to work very well with
advancement/fundraising colleagues throughout the University.
For more information, or to apply, click on the link
below and search for Alumni/Development Manager 1 or Requisition