The University of Texas at Austin is internationally recognized as a bold, ambitious leader in research and higher education. A member of the prestigious Association for American Universities (AAU), UT Austin is one of the nation’s premier centers for academic excellence and has more than 40 programs ranked among the top 10 in the country. The flagship campus of The University of Texas System (UT System), it is the fifth-largest university in the United States, with approximately 40,000 undergraduate students and over 11,000 graduate and professional students from across the nation and more than 118 countries. With groundbreaking research and cutting-edge teaching and learning techniques, UT Austin creates a seamless blend of tradition and innovation. Amid the backdrop of Austin, Texas, a city recognized for its creative and entrepreneurial spirit, the University provides a place to explore countless opportunities for tomorrow’s artists, scientists, athletes, doctors, entrepreneurs and engineers.
Just as the University aims to change the world, so, too, does Texas Development with the creation of this new position. Bringing together the departments of Annual Giving, Donor Relations, Development Marketing and Communications, and the President’s Associates program, UT Austin has assembled a comprehensive and highly professional team dedicated fully to donor engagement. More than 100,000 unique donors support the University annually, and, from this incredible base of support, UT Austin endeavors to engage these donors enthusiastically in order to build a pipeline of future and generous major gift donors and to broaden dramatically the number of donors supporting the University annually. In true Texas style, this leader will help the newly created Donor Engagement team to “Go Bigger.”
Reporting to Vice President for Development Scott Rabenold, and in close consultation with Senior Associate Vice President for Development Bob Groves, this professional will be empowered to leverage all aspects of the University as s/he builds a robust and creative program of multi-channel engagement to inspire, acquire, and engage donors. S/He will partner with dynamic and growing major, principal gift, and planned giving programs; design and implement additional forward-thinking, innovative, dynamic, and donor-relevant programs; and build a pipeline of highly engaged and generous major gift donors.
At least 10 years of successful and progressively responsible and sophisticated direct-response marketing and/or fundraising experience is preferred and a demonstrated track record of generating bottom-line results of increased philanthropic giving is an absolute requirement.