Executive Director Development and Alumni Relations

University of Michigan, School of Social Work

Posted: 12/17/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Fundraising/Development

Primary domain: Education

City: Ann Arbor

Postal code: 48109

State: Michigan

Country: United States

Organization Information:


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Mission statement:

Development at Michigan is donor-centered, with proven leaders and an effective infrastructure. It is a community in the truest sense of the word. Whether you work in major gifts, annual giving, communications, events, stewardship, prospect research, IT, or data analysis, your efforts will be supported by more than 550 expert colleagues ranging across 19 schools and colleges, 17 units and three campuses. Establishing and maintaining productive relationships is at the heart of everything we do. Fostering positive connections helps us achieve our goals of building a stronger University. The U-M values its Development staff, offering competitive salaries and excellent benefits while supporting professional growth. Our main campus is in Ann Arbor, which is consistently ranked as one of the top places to live in the United States. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

Supervises: Senior Major Gift Officer, Development Generalist, Alumni Engagement Specialist, Development Generalist 

Reports to: Dean, School of Social Work

As the Director of the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at the School of Social Work you will report directly to the Dean of the School of Social Work, and will lead the fundraising efforts for the School, manage and support the development team, identify and cultivate sources of funding, and plan and implement all fund-raising programs and related activities. You will also collaborate on university-wide development strategy and initiatives with other chief development officers and University Development leadership.

Being part of something greater, of serving a larger mission of discovery and care — that's the heart of what drives people to work at Michigan. In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Consider this position at Michigan and become a victor for the greater good. 

You will join our university at an exciting moment. As a member of the campus-wide development community, you will be a part of the next campaign for Michigan. In the wake of a record-setting $5.28 billion fundraising campaign, we are setting our sights on the future. You will help chart the course of this great university’s third century as it works to better serve the world’s brightest students and meet the greatest challenges facing society today. And as a member of the Michigan community, you can count on joining an organization that puts people first and recognizes the value in fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion.   

The University of Michigan School of Social Work’s mission aims to deliver educational and research programs that lead to a more equitable, caring and socially just society. Drawing on an interdisciplinary faculty within a public university seated in a region of enormous need and promise, the School is dedicated to education, research and service that fosters progressive change at local, national and global levels. Our contributions to social work scholarship build on values that emphasize strengths and the interaction between the individual and the larger social and physical environment.  Ranked the #1 Social Work program in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, Michigan Social Work leads the profession in teaching, research, innovation, collaboration and service. ssw.umich.edu/. Michigan Social Work graduates are transformative and innovative leaders employed in the non-profit, for-profit and governmental sectors. In addition to the exceptional MSW program, Michigan Social Work offers a unique joint PhD program in Social Work and one of four social Sciences, Anthropology, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.  

Michigan Social Work has a vibrant development program with an endowment that has grown to over $61 million since 1993.  Our development community includes an engaged worldwide network of over 16,000 alumni.  Michigan Social Work has the passion, intelligence, and drive to change the world.  Our funding priorities include 1) Increasing student support (our #1 priority), 2) Transforming social work practice through innovative research, 3) Improving the quality of life for vulnerable populations, and 4) Recruiting and mentoring faculty, students and researchers who represent the diversity of our global community.

  • Oversee the major gift activity, annual giving operations and alumni relations program for the School of Social Work.
  • Manage and supervise a department of four staff who are responsible for major gifts (individual and corporate), annual giving, planned giving, grant writing, as well as on- and off-campus development events. Provide leadership for the department: assign and monitor coverage of primary areas of focus, set and evaluate individual goals. Develop and sustain appropriate training and mentoring.
  • Identify, qualify, and manage a portfolio of Major and Principle gift prospects with the capacity to make gifts ranging from $50,000- $5M+. Identify, qualify, and manage our planned giving prospects.
  • Ensure consistent and appropriate contacts (i.e. solicitations and stewardship) with current donors and prospects.
  • Develop the appropriate level of internal communication, reporting, and tracking of fundraising activities and results.
  • Provide support to the Dean of Social Work in coordinating development events and meetings, including strategies on select prospects and planning joint visits.  Lead specific projects as directed by the Dean.  
  • Work closely with the Office of University Development and units across campus in prospect coordination issues, and in setting priorities for major and planned gift fieldwork on behalf of the School of Social Work.
  • Work closely with OUD partners and the Dean to lead the school's preparations for the next capital campaign.
  • Participate as a member of the Chief Development Officers group with University Development leadership.
  • Appropriately coordinate with the School's faculty concerning involvement with individual prospects and donors and provide strategic leadership and oversight with corporate and foundation prospects and donors.
  • Maintain strong lines of communication with other offices and staff within the School of Social Work. Serve on related committees, task forces or advisory groups as needed.
  • Manage volunteer identification, recruitment, training and involvement in fundraising activities for the School of Social Work. Be the liaison between the School, the Alumni Board of Governors and the Dean's Advisory Board overseeing all fundraising and alumni relation outreach activities performed by the Boards.

Benefits at the University of Michigan:In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  •     Generous leave policy
  •     A retirement plan that provides matching contributions and immediate vesting
  •     Choices for comprehensive health insurance
  •     Life insurance
  •     Long-term disability coverage
  •     Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses  


Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 5 - 10 years successful fundraising experience
  • Leadership experience 
  • Considerable experience in volunteer management and coordination
  •  Ability to travel and participate in evening and weekend activities
  • Extraordinary writing and verbal communication skills
  • Strong emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills.
  • Good judgment in managing confidential information
  • Ability to balance competing priorities
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, the mission of the School of Social Work  
Desired Qualifications*
  • Master's degree
  • Knowledge of the University organization, policies, rules and regulations
Application Deadline

Application Deadline  - UM job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days and the SSW may start the review/selection process as early as the eighth day after posting. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


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Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. In your cover letter, please indicate how you discovered this opportunity.
To be considered for this position, apply directly here: http://bit.ly/2I9EuZT To learn more about our development community, including other opportunities, visit: www.giving.umich.edu/careers


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