The University of Kentucky Athletics department is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic development professional with a proven record of developing and implementing innovative fundraising strategies, creating new relationships with donor prospects and finalizing major gifts. Our Athletics Philanthropy Major Gifts Officer will identify, cultivate, solicit and encourage philanthropic support for the University of Kentucky Athletics program with an immediate focus on increasing the number of donors and increasing revenues from philanthropy to support the experience of UK student-athletes. The successful candidate assumes a key role in assisting the Department’s leadership with developing ongoing strategic philanthropic messaging efforts within the University of Kentucky’s K Fund department. This position will secure funds for the organization by managing and maintaining a large donor portfolio. Additionally, this position assists in the planning and implementation of the comprehensive capital campaign in support of the Athletic Department, including activities related to lead gifts, major gifts, special gifts, naming opportunities, and potential volunteers.
The preferred candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, as well as effective time management and organizational skills. The successful candidate must adhere to all UK, SEC & NCAA rules and regulations. Deadline to apply: 10/03/2017
The University of Kentucky has a rich tradition of excellence in collegiate athletics, both in the teams it fields and in the student-athletes that participate. The Athletics Department sponsors 22 varsity sports that compete at the Division I level in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The UK Athletics Department is a self-supporting, fully-funded athletics department that provi...des to its student-athletes in each sport the maximum amount of financial aid allowed by NCAA rules. The Wildcats also are a charter member of the highly competitive Southeastern Conference (SEC). Only men’s soccer (Conference USA) and UK’s lone co-ed sport – rifle (Great American Rifle Conference) compete outside the SEC.The Athletics Department is dedicated to running a first-class program with integrity while keeping the focus on the student-athlete. Its overall vision is to educate student-athletes through graduation and compete for championships in all sports within a framework of fiscal integrity, a commitment to diversity in all areas, and compliance with University, state, Southeastern Conference, and National Collegiate Athletic Association rules. As an integral part of its long term vision, Athletics continues to expand resources and the tremendous progress already shown toward broad-based excellence. The intercollegiate athletics program promotes athletics and a culture of commitment toward the overall success for the University of Kentucky and the Commonwealth. UK Athletics is supported with restricted gifts and with funds generated through athletic activities.