Assistant Director for Development – Leadership Giving

Austin , TX

Application Deadline: Sunday, Aug 01, 2021


Job Description
The Assistant Director for Development- Leadership Giving will develop and implement a comprehensive annual plan for soliciting, securing and stewarding leadership/major gifts for KUT and KUTX. Assist with strategic collaborations in support of content and special project initiatives. Serve as an integral part of KUT’s membership and major giving program.

Job Details:

General Notes
KUT and KUTX are committed to achieving diversity in our workforce and content. We welcome and encourage applicants who can help achieve this objective.


  • Develop and execute annual fundraising plan to increase contributions and maintain stewardship of KUT Leadership Circle members. Develop and execute a plan to move mid-level donors to Leadership Circle.
  • Assist in the identification, planning and soliciting of major donors to fund priority special project initiatives for KUT – including UT Gift Planning staff to identify and strategically cultivate planned giving donors and prospects.
  • With the Deputy General Manager and Director of Development, participate in and produce case development for initiative funding and to set fundraising goals and objectives.
  • Write grant proposals to foundations for identified station priorities; prepare and present proposals; identify, track and report on deliverables for grant-funded projects.
  • Lead, plan and participate in major donor events locally, regionally and nationally as needed. Supervise administrative support, volunteers and contractors as needed.
  • Maintain appropriate electronic documentation on a timely basis, including tracking and contact reports. Provide regular reports on fundraising results and prospect management to KUT management.
  • Collaborate with UT development professionals to maintain collegial working relationships; Participate in appropriate University Development meetings and events.
  • Work closely with colleagues across the station, of all different backgrounds and skills. Must have demonstrated ability to work well within a team and uphold and further KUT’s mission to provide a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.

Required Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree. A minimum of 3 years in major gift fundraising with 5-7 years overall experience in fundraising, prospect management, donor cultivation and solicitation. Previous experience working directly with donors and volunteers. Strong understanding of major donor cultivation and protocol. Experience planning and implementing comprehensive annual fundraising strategies. Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively, work well under pressure and effectively manage details of several concurrent projects. Superior interpersonal, writing and verbal communication skills. Proven track record of successfully meeting revenue targets through both prospecting new and upgrading existing accounts. Strong interest in public broadcasting and its case for support. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collegial, team-oriented unit. Willingness to embrace the organization’s priorities and style. Demonstrated strong computer skills. Excellent professional demeanor. Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications
Public broadcasting funding raising experience. Allegiance donor database experience a plus. Experience in annual fund planning and execution. Experience promoting or securing planned gifts. Working knowledge of UT Austin’s structure, policies, procedures and VIP database. Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively across departments when accomplishing fundraising goals.

Salary Range
$70,000 – $80,000 depending on qualifications

Working Conditions
Standard office environment

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest
  • 2 writing samples (e.g. Solicitation letter or email; proposal; thank you letter)

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.

Employment Eligibility:
Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.

Retirement Plan Eligibility:
The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

Background Checks:
A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Pay Transparency:
The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

Employment Eligibility Verification:
If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.

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Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031.

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2020 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.

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