Associate Director of Development (Working title: Alumni Fundraising Director)


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Alumni Affairs (10000809)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Note for Current UM Employees

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Definition of Class

This position identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards major gift prospects. The incumbent is responsible for planning, executing and administering a major gifts program for an assigned program or college in collaboration with the dean or director and development supervisor. The officer must be knowledgeable and articulate about current giving opportunities and develop new ones. The officer engages volunteers in fundraising efforts or service activities. Extensive travel is required to cultivate and solicit donors.


This position identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards principal gift prospects The incumbent is a leader in the division in fundraising results who is responsible for planning, executing and administering all fundraising strategies for The Ole Miss Alumni Association and The Inn at Ole Miss, and maintains knowledge of and articulates about current and gift planning vehicles and opportunities. Extensive travel is required to cultivate and solicit donors.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Develops fundraising strategies for assigned college or program.
  • Evaluates progress toward goals and adjusts as necessary.
  • Collaborates with college or program leader and development staff.
  • Takes college or university leaders on donor visits.
  • Coordinates special events for major gift prospects.
  • Works with communications to develop fundraising pieces.
  • Arranges visits with donors via phone, email and social media.
  • Attends alumni, donor, college, sporting and other events.
  • Promptly records interactions with donors in the development database.
  • Sends all biographical updates to the Alumni Records Department. Runs reports to build a trip or share information with a supervisor.
  • Travels overnight and on weekends to meet with prospective donors.
  • Performs similar or related duties as assigned or required.

Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring department.

  1. Cultivates and solicits gifts from assigned donors.
  2. Works with dean/director to set goals and strategies.
  3. Travels extensively and represents assigned program at various university functions.

Minimum Education/Experience

Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university.




Two (2) years of experience related to the above described duties.

Substitution Statement:

Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.

Salary/Wage Information

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EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi