Director of Philanthropy

Posted on 06/11/2019

Stephens College

Columbia, MO

The Director of Philanthropy is responsible for identifying, engaging, and soliciting individuals, corporations and foundations for gifts of $25,000 and more for Stephens College.

Requires extensive travel and an irregular schedule.


  • Manage a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors to generate significant gifts for the college. Establish relationships and partnerships between the college and prospective and current donors, alumnae, friends and business leaders through personal visits, phone calls, e-mails, notes, letters, attendance at events and customized donor proposals. This position involves extensive travel and an irregular schedule including evening and weekend assignments.
  • Metrics include:
    • 12-18 in person contacts per month with additional phone and email outreach.
    • 12 written proposals presented a year.
    • Maintain a 75% renewal rate for portfolio
    • Annual fundraising productivity {annual fund, documented bequest commitments, program, endowment or capital new pledges} using your salary times 10 as your baseline. Achieving a 60/40 balance on annual funds (60) and all other fundraising (40).
  • In collaboration with other members of the Office of Philanthropy, research potential major gift donors utilizing Donor Perfect database, files, predictive modeling software, and other means.
  • Develop and maintain donor strategy plans and call reports.
  • Assist with other advancement projects, attending regularly scheduled advancement meetings, participate in donor strategy meetings and support the donor management system as needed. In addition, support other duties as assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.   Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Three to five years of experience in a development or philanthropy setting working on fundraising or alumni/volunteer relations or equivalent transferable
  • Must have excellent interpersonal, organizational and writing
  • Must be able to work independently and manage multiple projects
  • Experience in higher education is
  • Familiarity working with databases and office software is

About Stephens College:

Stephens College ( is the second-oldest women’s college in the country. Recognized for excellence in the creative arts and health sciences, the College’s 50-plus full- time faculty deliver more than 25 majors at the undergraduate level and three graduate programs (including a new Master of Physician Assistant program, and a low-residency M.F.A. in Television and Screenwriting, located at the Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles). The College comprises three schools: the School of Creative and Performing Arts, the School of Design and the School of Health Sciences.

Stephens College is located at the center of downtown Columbia, Missouri, home to the University of Missouri, with a student enrollment of approximately 35,000. Columbia, with a population of about 115,000, is consistently rated as a top city in which to live because of its educational facilities, health care, cultural opportunities and cost of living.

Stephens College is a member of the American Midwest Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Student–athletes compete in basketball, competitive dance, cross county, soccer, softball and volleyball. An esports team is also available.

Stephens College offers excellent benefits, including vacation/holiday/sick pay, health/dental/life insurance, tuition waiver and College-paid retirement plan.

Application Process:

Qualified applicants must complete an online Stephens College application with a cover letter, resume and three professional references in PDF format only.

Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Employment will require a criminal background check.

Stephens College is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

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