This is a full-time salary-exempt position that includes an excellent comprehensive benefits package.
4 Year Degree
The Director of Development for USD Athletics will support philanthropic efforts by identifying and implementing strategies for success in securing significant philanthropic support for the University of South Dakota athletic priorities. This position is responsible for cultivating meaningful relationships with potential and current Major Gift ($25,000+) level donors to the University. This position will manage a portfolio of donors and prospective donors and be responsible for facilitating all phases of the gift cycle, including initiating contact, cultivating and moving potential donors to solicitation and closure, writing proposals, and stewarding donors. This position works collaboratively with Athletics leadership, coaches, key volunteers, University leadership and faculty, Advancement staff, and other school representatives to cultivate and solicit donors for USD Athletics.
Key Responsibilities • Develops and manages a portfolio of major gift prospects through the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors with an emphasis on $25,000+ gifts to grow the University of South Dakota Athletics program • Personally solicit assigned donor portfolios through face-to-face visits. Accountable for cultivating relationships of individual and organizational fundraising with a focus on retention, recapture, and growth • Proactively identify, develop, and deliver engagement opportunities to donors to ensure the maximization of their financial and non-financial support • Assist with the athletic fund-raising activities, goals, objectives, and strategies for Howling Pack and other fund-raising programs • Work closely and collaboratively with the Vice President of Development to promote a culture of philanthropy across the University to elevate engagement • Ability to travel and work a flexible schedule, including nights and weekends.
The University of South Dakota is the flagship institution of South Dakota, located on a 216-acre campus in Vermillion, in the southeast corner of South Dakota. USD is NCAA Division I member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference and Summit League. USD is committed to building and sustaining a program that mirrors the overall excellence of the university, by providing students an unparalleled opportunity for success. For further information regarding USD and the Athletic Department please refer to our website at www.GoYotes.com "Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. It has an enrollment of more than 10,100 students taught by 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news."