Senior Director of Philanthropy

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7069366 (Ref.No. 1992868)
Posted: September 1, 2020
Application Deadline: September 29, 2020

Job Description

Senior Director of Philanthropy


Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 2015-1602640

Location: CA 94556-1541, CA

Department: Advancement

9/29/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate prorams integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellance, innovation, and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning, and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.

The Senior Director of Philanthropy plays a critical role in the success of Saint Mary's leadership giving, major giving, and planned giving efforts. The Sr. DP represents the College to alumni, parents, volunteers, and friends who have the capacity to make significant individual gifts to Saint Mary's and/or for special projects/campaigns.

With leadership, strategic direction from the Assistant Vice President of Development and the Vice President for Advancement, the Sr. DP manages the day-to-day portfolio management for a team of gift officers; in addition, this lead fundraiser, cultivates and solicits prospective donors in California and in other areas of the United States as assigned. Finally, the Sr. DP coordinate strategic field work with leadership volunteers and serves as the Adcancement liaison for the School of Economic and Business Administration.

• Manages a portfolio of approximately 150 high-net worth prospects and participates in all aspects of the major gift and planning gift cycle,including initiating contacts with potential donors; maintaining an active schedule of a minimum of 20+/- meaningful contacts per month with individuals whose gift capacity is rated in the $100,000 to $1,000,000 range; moving potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure; and maintaining stewardship contacts with donors in support of donor retention goals.
• Develops and oversees a comprehensive planned giving strategy for Advancement, leveraging Advancement talent and resources for greatest legacy outcomes.
• Provides day-to-day management of individual philanthropy staff, including leadership giving, major giving, and planned giving officers.
• Contributes to and implements philanthropic strategies for key programatic and capital priorities for SEBA. Develops donor strategy goals and supports the dean with advisory board recruitment, communication, cultivation, and solicitation.
• Participates as a member of the directors' group within Advancement and contributes to annual team goals and outcomes; reflects Advancement priority themes and SMC mission is all aspects of work.
• Develops and maintains respectful, productive relationships with key stakeholders, including campus partners volunteers, alumni leaders, donors and community members as appropriate for this role.

Experience and Qualifications

Experience: 10+/- years of successful experience in major and planned gift fundraising; preference for experience in higher education, but not required.

Skills/ Abilities: Demonstrated proficiency in Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), and experienc with development software platforms; comforts with new technologies that support virtual donor interactions and communications; managment required.

Licenses & Certifications: REQUIRED: N/A PREFERRED: N/A

Other Requirements:

• Professional experience in capital campaigns preferred
• Knowledge of deferred giving vehicles
• Entrepreneurial spirit
• Strong organizational skils; ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously and to work calmly under pressure of deadlines
• Demonstrated success and effectiveness in major and planned gift prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, clsoing, and stewarding significant gifts.
• Experience guiding, motivating and relating development volunteers
• Demonstrates perseverance while exhibiting sensitivity to the needs of the donors and prospects.
• Self-directed, high performance individual who has demonstrated initiative and achievement against goals.
• Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, engaging interpersonal skills, high energy, personal initiative and a great sense of humor.
• Ability to represent the College and its priorities effectively with diverse audiences.
• Great attention to detail and follow-through
• Ability to work effectively and tactfully with a diverse group of extenal constituents.

Supplemental Information
Application Instructions: Please apply online at

Include a cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the mission of the College.

• A Resume
• The name and contact information for three (3) professional references
• In applying for a position, candidates sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle check, and a third party background check.Saint Mary's is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all.

College policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, gender, sterotyping, and gender identify, taking a protected leave (e.g. family, medical or pregancy leave), or on any other basis protected by applicable laws.

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