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Tarleton State University Associate Director of Development in Fort Worth, Texas

Job Title

Associate Director of Development


Tarleton State University


Division of Institutional Advancement

Proposed Minimum Salary


Job Location

Fort Worth, Texas

Job Type


Job Description

Job Description

The Associate Director of Development (ADoD) oversees the administration of development activities on behalf of the Office of Institutional Advancement and assigned units/departments. The ADoD is responsible for ensuring high standards of quality, productivity, consistency, and accuracy for all development-related information. The ADoD is knowledgeable about and operates in compliance with all gift administration/tax policies and regulations. The DoD ensures the ongoing and effective operation of a defined area and works closely with university and advancement leaders, as well as other staff, to develop, prepare, coordinate, and execute a development program, with annual and long-term strategies, designed to meet the financial goals of the institution. Work hours: Mon-Fri; 8 AM-5 PM or as work requirements indicate.


  • Under the direction of the Sr. Director of Development, develops and executes strategies and systems designed to engage target constituents and secure philanthropic support on behalf of the institution.

  • Manages relationships of assigned prospective donors and identifies, qualifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards these very important alumni and friends of the university including preparing proposals for individuals.

  • Responsible for securing metrics- identified gifts of $25,000 and above from alumni and non-alumni (friend) prospects with a desire to develop strategies for securing 6-figure gifts.

  • Travels frequently throughout the year to visit donors locally, state-wide, and across the country when strategically appropriate.

  • Participates in all aspects of the gift cycle including, but not limited to:

  • Initiating contacts with potential principal and major gift donors,

  • Utilizing Moves Management as a cultivation strategy,

  • Moving potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure,

  • Making solicitations when appropriate,

  • Maintaining stewardship contacts with donors.

  • Securing support for a set of campus-wide (capital campaign) priorities.

  • Maximizes use of the donor database including adding records, updating records, conducting donor research, and tracking monthly activity with major gift and principal gift prospects.

  • Works collaboratively and strategically with other fundraising professionals, faculty, non-university partners, and other campus leaders.

  • Under partnership with the dean of an assigned unit; participate in the recruitment, training, and management of an Advisory Council where applicable.

  • Acts as resource for development/advancement staff, from identifying potential volunteer connections to knowing about meeting and event spaces in key locations.

  • Performs other duties as assigned at the discretion of senior leadership.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelors degree in applicable field or equivalent combination of education and experience. -Eight years of related experience or directly transferable professional experience, preferably in higher education advancement.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of database, word processing, and spreadsheet applications

  • Excellent organizational skills and communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • The ability to be customer service-oriented and bring together various institutional partners with varying interests is essential.

  • Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others. Must exhibit cultural competence.

  • Problem-solving skills, creativity, positivity, and the ability to manage several assignments simultaneously are required

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.

Supervision Received/Given

This position may supervise staff.

Other Requirements

  • The scope of the job will occasionally require work to be done outside of normal business hours.


Commensurate with experience

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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