Director of Development

Posted Date 1 month ago(3/4/2021 8:39 AM)
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Position Type
Regular Full-Time
IA Development
Post End Date


The Director of Development serves as a major gift officer for the University and is dedicated to the cultivation and solicitation of gifts in support of the UAMS mission.  The Director reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor. The Director will maintain a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors, which may include alumni, patients and friends of the institution. This position includes extensive travel and night/weekend events, up to 50% of hours worked. Remote work within an appropriate home office setting is required and the setup of which is the responsibility of the employee.


The Director must be a self-starter, adept with technology and proficient in both long-term relationship building and closing investments to the institution within a reasonable timeframe. This individual is highly professional and serves as an exemplary colleague, representative and community member. Higher education comprehensive campaign experience is preferred. The successful candidate will show proven success in solicitation of numerous major gifts. Exemplary interpersonal skills are essential, as is the ability to affect favorably sophisticated volunteers and donors. Working successfully and persuasively with medical professionals requires the signature ability to be thorough, logical, factual and precise in communications - both oral and written.


The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has a unique combination of education, research, and clinical programs that encourages and supports teamwork and diversity.  We champion being a collaborative health care organization, focused on improving the health, health care, and well-being of Arkansans.  


UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

  • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family
  • Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
  • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
  • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
  • Career Training and Educational Opportunities
  • Merchant Discounts
  • Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy

Salary offered commensurate with experience.


  • Build and manage a portfolio of prospects and donors from whom to solicit major gifts of $25,000 and above.
  • Cultivate both engaged and non-engaged prospects, including making cold calls and visits to expand our constituent outreach efforts.
  • Successfully engage with donors within a best-practice major-gifts methodology. Exceed annual metrics including those tracking engagement activity, proposals and dollars raised.
  • Eagerly utilize prospect identification and research tools and software such as EverTrue to build a robust and diversified portfolio of prospects and donors with affinities across the institution.
  • Possess a willingness to travel frequently around the state to meet with regional staff, advisory committee meetings, and potential donors.
  • Follow processes and procedures for updating donor records in the CRM system of record.
  • Input contact reports and other information in the system to ensure the integrity of donor records and to record relevant historical information
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Customer Service: Interact with and assist the public in a professional and friendly manner as needed. Demonstrate effective communication skills; communicate accurate and complete information; maintain strict confidentiality when necessary. Demonstrate positive working relationships with co-workers, management team, and ancillary departments; follow the Core Concepts of Patient and Family Centered Care and the Basic Code of Conduct Guidelines. Assist internal and external stakeholders as needed with exceptional customer service.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Baccalaureate degree.
  • 5 years of fund-raising or related experience, preferably in raising major and mid-level gifts  in an educational or health care setting.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check and drug screen. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant except as provided by law. Any criminal history will be evaluated in relationship to job responsibilities and business necessity.  The information obtained in these reports will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law. 


UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (501) 686-6432 and let us know the nature of your request. We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Physical Requirements

Stand: Frequently
Sit: Frequently
Walk: Frequently
Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Occasionally
Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 11 - 25 lbs
Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Frequently
Talk: Continuously
Hear: Continuously
Taste or smell: Occasionally
Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously
Physical Environment: Inside Office Environment, Outdoor Weather Conditions
Noise Level: Moderate
Visual Requirements: Not required
Hazards: None


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