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FLSA Designation
Date Issued: 2008-05-20
Office of the President
Title: Executive Director, LSSU Foundation
Function and Responsibility
Responsible to the President and Foundation Board of Directors for the leadership and day-to-day management of the University’s fund-raising programs including personnel and budgets, corporate and foundation giving, the annual fund, major and planned giving, and prospect research for the University. The Foundation Director is responsible for assuring that all fund-raising objectives are successfully met. Foundation Director will also oversee Alumni Affairs.
Duties and Responsibilities
In consultation with the President and the Foundation Board of Directors, designs and implements successful fund-raising efforts for the University to include capital campaigns, major gifts, annual fund and planned giving.

The current campaign is expected to be a $25-million campaign designed around the following sub-campaigns:

a) Capital match for the School of Business, Economics & Legal Studies Campaign - Approximately $7 million;

b) Aquatic Research Laboratory build out of donated building – Approximately $5 million

c) Arts Center Campaign – Approximately $5 million

d) Athletic Excellence Campaign – Approximately $5 million

e) Academic Excellence Campaign – Approximately $5 million

Works with the Foundation Board of Directors and volunteer committees to identify, evaluate and cultivate donor prospects.

Supports the President in the cultivation and solicitation of major gifts including managing an effective major gift moves management process, and responsible for advancing own portfolio of major gift prospects and donors.

Closely coordinates all fund raising activities with internal and external markets to assure that all campaigns are aligned with broader institutional objectives or goals of the institution.

Coordinates with academic and non-academic personnel to create successful fund-raising coalitions.

Maintains a strong and positive public relations and community affairs image both on and off campus to interact effectively with prospects, donors and university administrators.

Assures that all deadlines and fund-raising goals are met.

Assures all funds are appropriately administered and that all donations are carefully managed through accurate data record keeping consistent with University policy and generally accepted accounting practices.

Manages the foundation office in a fiscally sound manner by ensuring that the appropriate systems, staffing and procedures are in place to support fundraising, fund management and disbursement.

Oversees Alumni Relations office, helping to assure that alums are actively engaged with the University and that there is a coordinated effort between fund raising and alumni activities.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s in relevant degree area minimally required; Master’s preferred.

At least 5 years senior level management experience in higher education fund raising including experience in organizing, planning, and executing successful capital campaigns.

Knowledge and successful experience with annual fund strategies for grooming the next generation of leadership donors.

Excellent verbal and written skills including persuasive skills.

Results-oriented, goal-driven professional able to work well with minimal resources to assure high level outcomes.

Able to relate effectively to high level executives and community leaders, always representing the University in an effective manner.

Appreciation for the culture and character, and a commitment to the vision and mission of the University.

Must have the willingness to travel, and work nights and weekends.

Physical and Mental Demands
Adequate physical fitness to be able to sit and concentrate for long periods of time; use of gross motor skills to perform supervisory and organizational duties; use of fine motor skills to operate computer; problem solving ability; ability to understand and work with numbers; ability to see, hear, and speak with or without the use of aids to perform normal office tasks. Ability to occasionally lift up to 25 pounds. Verbally articulate.
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