Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer/President of the ULI Foundation, the Director of Advancement Services will maintain close working relationships with team members whose roles and responsibilities intersect with philanthropy within ULI—Finance; Compliance and Governance; Membership and Marketing; Annual Fund; and Foundation Relations and Major Gifts. The Director of Advancement Services is responsible for the following major program areas: ULI Foundation information services; gift processing; and donor relations, recognition, and stewardship. The Director will be responsible for providing strategic leadership, including long- and short-term planning in the areas of gift processing, database integrity, reporting, data analysis, and system enhancements.
This is a full-time exempt position located in Washington, D.C. reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer/President of the ULI Foundation.
Preparing management reports, systems documentation, records maintenance, use and support of computer-based information systems, reconciliation and transfer of funds to appropriate accounts, logging of all gifts on the database, and direct supervision of Foundation office support staff.
Receiving, accounting, reporting, depositing, and acknowledging gifts, and pledges from donors.
Working closely with the Foundation leadership to deal with a wide variety of functions relating to the development, implementation, maintenance, documentation, use, and support of Advancement Services information systems.
Ability to communicate effectively with both technical and nontechnical staff. Must possess a comprehensive understanding of Advancement Services as a functional area, including gift processing, stewardship, donor relations, customer service, prospect management, information security, and data maintenance. Data analysis skills are essential; the ability to create documents, spreadsheets, timelines, and reports also is required.
Ability to understand donor and fundraising database structures, database development, and database management. Knowledge of gift processing and stewardship policies and procedures, including IRS regulations.
Ability to learn, interpret, and apply a variety of complex policies and procedures with minimal guidance. The ability to share ideas and convey them in an efficient manner is critical, as is the ability to work with other ULI team members in the interpretation and enacting of these policies and procedures, especially as they pertain to the administration of a comprehensive philanthropic fundraising campaign.
Must possess a comprehensive understanding of the overall responsibilities and best practices and procedures of Advancement Services in tax-exempt organizations, including compliance with IRS regulations. This includes gift processing and acknowledgments, prospect management, biographical maintenance, and other data and information maintenance activities. This knowledge willbeessentialfordevelopment of database policies and procedures, and in performing a liaison role with Foundation constituents.
This position will have the opportunity to establish systems and procedures in advance of a significant comprehensive fundraising campaign for the organization as well as lead and set direction for successful campaign execution relative to donor relations.
Supervises the processing and acknowledging of gifts, pledges, pledge payments, matching claims, and other contributions to the Foundation, which may often be of significant dollar values.
Monitors the timeliness and efficiency of processing and ensures that all corresponding fields in the database are updated and maintained as gifts are processed.
Building and developing relationships with principal and major gift donors as key liaison to donor stewardship and relations activities across the organization.
Excellent written and spoken communication skills. The Director will often interact with members, donors, trustees, and campaign volunteers, among others.
May have staff leadership and management responsibilities with anticipated future growth of the ULI Foundation.
Occasional travel will be required in support of donor recognition and stewardship events.
Seven to ten years of progressively responsible experience in nonprofit management.
At least five years’ experience gained in an advancement or development office with a fundraising program of a scale similar to ULI’s.
Prior experience in managing donor relations and stewardship programs, comprehensive fundraising campaigns, and best practices for gift attainment and accounting systems, policies, and procedures.
Previous experience in donor/prospect and CRM database systems.
Ability to analyze and review information system and CRM capabilities, and current operational procedures, identifying problem areas and optimizing formats for data inputs and summaries.
Advanced computer acumen, including the use of software to create documents, spreadsheets, timelines, and reports.
Proficient in suite of Microsoft Office products.
Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree a plus
To apply, please follow the link below. Please submit a résumé and letter of interest.
EOE/m/f/d/v. No relocation reimbursement is offered at this time.
About The Urban land Institute
ULI - the Urban Land Institute is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members.Founded in 1936, the institute now has over 40,000 members worldwide representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines, working in private enterprise and public service.As the preeminent, multidisciplinary real estate forum, ULI facilitates the open exchange of ideas, information and experience among local, national and international industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places.The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.Members say that ULI is a trusted idea place where leaders come to grow professionally and personally through sharing, mentoring, and problem solving. With pride, ULI members commit to the best in land use policy and practice.