Assistant Director of Development, Intercollegiate Athletics

The Assistant Director of Development, Intercollegiate Athletics/Major Gifts Officer will advance the mission of Miami University by planning, organizing, and implementing strategies to increase the level of personal involvement and financial commitment of alumni and friends. Particular emphasis will be given to strategies of identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding annual fund and major gifts, both current and deferred, to the Intercollegiate Athletics program.  


Miami University is a public university founded in 1809 with over 200,000 alumni and 20,000 enrolled students.  These students major in over 120 different fields of study. With its close proximity to the city of Cincinnati, coupled with a nationally recognized excellence in undergraduate education, there is a significant opportunity to increase all measures of support from alumni, friends, and corporate and foundation partners.  As the university looks to embark upon its next comprehensive campaign, a robust and high functioning development team will play a critical role in the success of that effort. 

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  • Serve as one of the departmental liaisons for Intercollegiate Athletics at Miami University in addressing their objectives.
  • Work directly with the Assistant Vice President of Development, Associate Athletic Director on all Major Gift strategies including (but not limited to); prospect lists for all staff, travel and planning as well as relationship management.
  • Manage a personal portfolio of major gift prospects to ensure that timely steps are taken toward identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. Work independently and collaboratively on the development and implementation of a strategy for each prospect with other staff, faculty, administrators, coaches and alumni volunteers. Encourage and coordinate involvement of prospects, alumni, and friends through campus visits and regional events.
  • Assist with Miami Athletic Fund operations to increase revenues.
  • Assist with the coordination of special events as appropriate.
  • Assist in marketing and communication efforts of the athletic development office.
  • Enhance communication with coaches and support staff of numerous sports by serving as the athletic development liaison.
  • Engage young alumni and former student-athletes to participate in development efforts.
  • Prepare and present departmental and division proposals to alumni and friends with the input and assistance of directors, staff, administrators, coaches and volunteers.
  • Coordinate with the university development professionals on donor strategies and development initiatives with the support of Advancement Marketing, Communications, and Technology, Athletic Communications and Marketing, Office of Development staff, and faculty and administrators, provide regular reports on progress and results of the prospect solicitation process, complete and file all contact reports in a timely manner.
  • Perform other duties related to the mission of the Office of Development under guidance of the Assistant Vice President of Development, Associate Athletic Director.


Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree; minimum of one year of relevant experience such as fundraising or sales (volunteer work may be counted towards this requirement); excellent written and verbal communication skills; evidence of ability to work cooperatively with administrators, faculty, staff, alumni and volunteers. This position requires regular attendance at evening and weekend events and willingness to travel extensively, primarily regionally, and also some on a national level.


Preferred Qualifications:  Fundraising experience, experience working in an educational setting.  


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