Senior Development Director, Visual and Performing Arts, University of Alabama, Birmingham

  • 01 May 2019 10:10 AM
    Message # 7314087
    John Witek (Administrator)



    The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) seeks a highly seasoned development professional to lead our Visual and Performing Arts Development team. The qualified candidate will provide strategy, leadership, direction, coordination and management of major gifts, annual giving, membership programming, and stewardship for the Alys Stephens Center for the Performing Arts (ASC) and the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA).  The candidate will work closely with the Executive Director for the Visual and Performing Arts to develop fundraising priorities, create and implement a strategic plan, and secure major gifts by identifying, cultivating and soliciting individuals, corporations and foundations for major gifts.  In addition, the incumbent in this position will be responsible for overseeing and developing a strong and effective membership and patrons program and serving as the primary interface with the volunteer leadership of the Visual and Performing Arts.


    The Senior Director of Development must be able to function as an integral part of a team of development professionals in designing and implementing successful fund raising programs that include annual giving, planned giving, and major gifts to maximize philanthropic support of the ASC and the AEIVA.  This position will also manage a corporate membership manager, an individual membership manager and a grant writer.


    Responsible Includes: 

    •Design and implement successful fund raising programs that include annual giving, planned giving, and major gifts to maximize philanthropic support.

    •Manage a development team to include a corporate membership manager, an individual membership manager and a grant writer.

    •Work with the Executive Director and other colleagues to identify potential sources of private gift support and develop appropriate strategies to generate major gifts.

    •Maintain a productive portfolio and meet assigned metrics related but not limited to visits, proposals presented and closed, and any monetary goals.

    •        Make assessment and cultivate visits to constituents and document the result of those discussions. Where appropriate, arrange for meetings between these constituents and the Executive Director for the Visual and Performing Arts.

    •Recruit and manage volunteers for advisory boards in coordination with Executive Director

    •Hire, train and supervise professional employees needed to cultivate and solicit constituents for major gifts, annual gifts and memberships.

    •        Plan and implement programs that inform and cultivate individuals, corporations and foundations, and coordinate gift solicitation.

    •        Work with other members of the University Advancement Office staff to ensure prospects are properly researched and assigned, coordinated and completed, and that donors receive appropriate acknowledgments and recognition.

    •Design and oversee the implementation of effective membership program and serve as the primary contact with the volunteer leaders.

    •        Coordinate the production of appropriate fund raising materials including, but not limited to, case statements, brochures, solicitation letters, gift proposals, gift agreements, thank you letters, donor reports, campaign status reports, etc.

    •        Prepare budgets for development and membership activities, obtain necessary administrative approvals, and provide periodic progress reports to appropriate offices.

    Annual Salary Range: $76,960 - $90,000 (Commensurate with experience & qualifications)



     Bachelor's degree in Business, Communications, Finance, Marketing or a related field and seven (7) years of progressively responsible fund raising experience, preferably in an educational or arts related setting; public affairs, outside sales or similar experience may substitute for up to three years of fundraising experience. 

    Success in designing, implementing and administering programs related to fund raising, volunteer management, marketing or related fields. Work experience may NOT substitute for education requirement. 

    Incomplete job profiles will not be processes.  Please be certain to showcase depth and breadth of experience on your application and resume, as they relate to the needs of this job announcement.


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     180000000 Office of VP Development & Alumni

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    Shift Day/1st Shift