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College of Mass Communications and Information Studies
Assistant Director of Development

Job Purpose:

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.

Essential Functions:

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 each year.

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 requested.

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.

Qualifications:

  • 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 general public.
  • Outstanding oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Willingness to travel as required by the geographic location of donors/prospects.
  • Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends, as necessary.

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, customer contact.

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 and discretion:

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 number 005567.

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