Director of Advancement – Southwest Region

University of Tennessee Foundation

Director of Advancement – Southwest Region

  • Institution: University of Tennessee Foundation
  • Institution Type: Four-Year/Advanced Degree (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.)
  • Location: Knoxville, TN US

Director of Advancement – Southwest Region

  • University of Tennessee Foundation | Knoxville, TN US
  • Hourglass IconDeadline: June 19, 2022
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Job TitleDirector of Advancement – Southwest Region

Position TypeFull Time

Job Category Staff

Salary Range -

Location Knoxville, TN US

Deadline June 19, 2022

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Contact Name University of Tennessee Foundation Human Resources

Department Human Resources


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Job Description

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Director of Advancement – Southwest Region
The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc (UTFI) is seeking a highly motivated development professional to join our Regional Advancement team located in Knoxville, TN. The Chief Development Officer is responsible for designing, implementing, and coordinating a comprehensive fundraising, donor relations, and stewardship program in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Louisiana, Arkansas, and other states as needed where the university has a concentration of potential major donors. This position is specifically charged with the following:
Solicitation of major gifts,
Maintaining a portfolio of major gift donors,
Identifying, qualifying, and cultivating new potential donors,
Stewarding current donors, and
Working with collegiate directors, senior directors, and executive directors on joint proposals and solicitations.

Who We Are!
The Foundation is an interdependent nonprofit corporation that enriches the lives of the students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the University of Tennessee through alumni engagement, financial stewardship and private investments. While our advancement team aspires to be a key driver in UT’s vision of being a top public research university and producing at the level of a top SEC fundraising program, UTFI supports them by providing a unique benefits package that includes:
Remote work schedule opportunity,
Eligible for up to 24+ paid days off per years and 12 paid days off for holidays,
Tuition reimbursement,
Employee discounts such as Orlando theme parks and Biltmore, and
Full comprehensive benefits & retirement package, plus more!

Knoxville sits at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains. With a variety of outdoor activities, parks and recreation, Knoxville can provide a top notch outdoors recreational experience to nature lovers. Arts, music, events, and annual festivals add to the breadth and depth of the list of things to do in our region. There are various opportunities to connect and find community for all identities and interests within the surrounding area and on campus.

Required Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree and 5 years or MS with 3 years of related experience in fundraising/development, sales, marketing, business development, communications, volunteer management, nonprofit fundraising, and/or alumni affairs. Knowledge and experience in fundraising, donor relations and gift management, including industry concepts, principles, procedures, and techniques is necessary. Must be able and willing to travel independently and on evenings/weekends to meet with donors/prospects and attend events.

Job Skills: The ideal candidate will be goal driven and a high motivated relationship builder with proven ability to secure significant funding. Strong communication skills and the ability to work independently are also required.  The ideal candidate will be highly supportive of and committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. To build a diverse workforce The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women.  EEO/AA employer.

A valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record is required due to travel responsibilities of the position. UTFI reserves the right to consider all appropriate circumstances.  In general, any significant driving offense less than 12 months old will eliminate the application from consideration for the position.

In order to be considered for candidacy, please include a cover letter and resume in addition to completing the on-line profile.  Applicants should complete the on-line profile in entirety to demonstrate the minimal education and experience required for this position. Incomplete profile information as it relates to the requirements listed will eliminate candidacy for this opportunity. Use keyword 22000000X6 to apply to this position from the application link.

The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer.  All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. 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 University of Tennessee Foundation’s legal duty to furnish information.

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