Jobs at Gatton

Senior Director of Philanthropy

Department: Gatton Philanthropy and Alumni Relations

Salary: $87,672-149,074/year

Last Day to Apply: Jan 01

Position Details:

The Gatton College of Business and Economics seeks to hire a Senior Director of Philanthropy to lead the College’s fundraising efforts, steward donor relationships, and deepen alumni engagement. The Director will be responsible for managing and actively participating in all initiatives related to Gatton’s donor portfolio, including sustaining alumni relationships, corporate participation, annual giving, and legacy giving, as well as other funding opportunities like grants, galas, event sponsorships, and major gifts. The director will lead the College’s vision for sustained and future growth underwritten by philanthropic giving and will develop and implement plans to reach that vision.

This position will report to the Dean of the Gatton College and the University of Kentucky’s Associate Vice President of Philanthropy and work closely with the College’s executive team, Dean’s Advisory Council, and senior staff to meet ambitious fundraising goals and activate volunteer support in pursuit of those goals. Additionally, the Director will oversee two major grants officers, an assistant philanthropy officer, and a unit administrator. The Director will provide vision and guidance to build staff skills and manage their efforts to mature the systems and processes of the Gatton College’s existing development infrastructure.

The Senior Director of Philanthropy will be responsible for creating, tailoring and activating short- and long-term strategies for giving, with emphasis on (1) the expansion of an individual major gift effort, (2) identifying and securing new support for Gatton’s key initiatives as outlined in our capital campaign case statement, and (3) developing a robust alumni relations program. Additionally, they will oversee donor events and other stewardship activities; recognition efforts for existing donors; preparation of all aspects of proposals, and reporting; and regular reporting to funders and the Dean.

The Gatton College strives to nurture a culture of giving among our stakeholders, strengthen relationships with donors and prospective donors, and think creatively about new funding opportunities. We are looking for candidates with significant experience relevant to the above who can share fundraising knowledge with a capable, engaged staff and leadership team, and help to shape fundraising strategy for the Gatton College well into the future.

The Gatton College is looking for a leader who utilizes the components of design thinking—is ready to seek to understand our college, challenge assumptions, redefine problems and identify alternative strategies and solutions that are both novel and effective. The ideal candidate would have at least 10 years of related leadership and management experience, with a demonstrated track record of program development and fundraising success. A deep understanding and appreciation for business education in the higher education space is a must. Excellent oral and written communication skills along with an outgoing, professional, and engaging personality is mandatory. In addition, candidates must be comfortable with technology and databases used to support development. Having a respect for and skills to engage with those of other cultures, backgrounds, and business acumen is required.

About the Gatton College

For more than 90 years, UK’s Gatton College of Business and Economics has been preparing principled leaders for the global economy, producing high quality, influential research, and supporting economic growth in Kentucky and beyond. Accredited by the AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), Gatton proudly offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional business and economics degrees. Housed Inside the $65 million state-of-the-art Gatton College building, the college accommodates the fastest growing enrollment on UK’s campus, expected to exceed 4,000 Students by 2019. Through teaching, research, and outreach, the Gatton College has a direct, tangible influence on the lives of Kentucky’s citizens and people around the world.

This search is being led by UK’s internal Executive Search Team. For more information about the position, please contact Mary Beth Bracken at 859-257-3348 or via email at

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