St Edwards University
  • ADVN - Advancement
  • TX, USA
  • Full Time

Associate Director of Development & Alumni Relations



The university recently successfully completed The Campaign for St. Edward's University: Opening Doors to Their World.  The Campaign united more than 14,000 donors to support today's students. Their gifts exceeded $100.6 million (and our goal) with more than half designated for scholarships including 33 new endowments. Six new or renovated buildings have increased campus technology and spaces for learning, research and student life. We have constructed new facilities for academics including the Munday Library and Campus Ministry and made significant repairs and renovations to three historic landmark buildings. The successful completion of two consecutive campaigns provides great momentum as the university finalizes Strategic Plan 2022 and a new Campus Master Plan.  These strategic planning initiatives will inform future university priorities, as the advancement team remains focused on bolstering the endowment and initiatives that enhance the continuing development of a vibrant campus life.


The Associate Director of Development & Alumni Relations will have primary responsibility for securing gifts and identifying leadership volunteers from alumni and parents in established regions. Reporting to the Executive Director of Development and closely aligned with the Director of Alumni and Parent Programs, the first 12-24 months will involve intensive visitation, qualification of new prospects and solicitation.  The associate director will work in concert with other gift officers, volunteers, key administrators including academic deans, faculty under their direction and program directors.  The associate director will focus efforts in geographic areas that have higher concentration of alumni (i.e. Austin, Houston, Dallas, NYC, LA, SF, Chicago, etc.). The successful candidate will have a proven track record of securing philanthropic support and evidence of direct solicitation experience is required.  Additionally, the associate director will work collaboratively with all of University Advancement including the Development, Alumni and Parent Programs, Constituent Relations and Advancement Services teams.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Establish and strengthen relationships with individuals, corporations and foundations that have the capacity to make gifts of $1,000+.
  • Use a moves management system to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects.
  • Solicit annual gifts when appropriate from prospects under management.
  • Recruit regional leadership volunteers to carry out the work of St. Edward's Alumni Association.
  • Develop prospect strategies, prepare briefing reports and coordinate execution of donor activities for key university administrators and volunteer leaders.
  • Conduct upwards of 150+ visits annually with an emphasis on qualifying and soliciting newly identified prospects.
  • Attend events related to major gift work, including signature events hosted by the division, such as Homecoming and Presidential Receptions.
  • Assist with regional alumni association activities.
  • Utilize ongoing communication and engagement tools to keep volunteers informed.
  • Work collaboratively as a member of the University Advancement team.
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the university community.


  • A bachelor's degree required; master's degree preferred.
  • A minimum of two years of fundraising field work which includes responsibilities for building relationships with individuals, foundations and corporations; fundraising experience in the higher education sector preferred.
  • Enthusiasm for direct, on-going personal interaction with major donors and prospects required.
  • Proven track-record of soliciting gifts.
  • Understanding and appreciation for private higher education, especially Catholic higher education.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office and fundraising software systems.
  • Willingness to travel regularly on behalf of St. Edward's University.
  • Ability to participate in a collaborative environment and facilitate relationships with all areas of the University community.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative in planning, organizing, and effectively presenting ideas and concepts.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and problem solve quickly.
  • Ability to work independently and on a team.
  • Successful completion of an employment and/or criminal history background check required.

About St. Edward's University

Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward's University is a private, Catholic liberal arts institution of more than 4,600 diverse students located in Austin, Texas.  St. Edward's emphasizes critical thinking and ethical practices, as well as small classes, personalized learning and exciting internship opportunities. The community atmosphere extends to the approximately 800 faculty and staff who work together to make the university a welcoming yet challenging environment for students. 

An overview of St. Edward's University employee benefits is available at

About Austin, Texas

Consistently ranked as one of the "top metropolitan areas to live in," by numerous independent media outlets, Austin attracts approximately 50 new residents a day and has been one of the nation's fasting growing cities. St. Edward's is in the heart of this thriving, entrepreneurial and cosmopolitan city, providing students, faculty and staff with opportunities to live, learn and grow in an environment that offers a wealth of resources and opportunities.  In fact, Austin is home to 17 companies on the Inc. 5000 list and boasts 1.7 times the national average of startups.  Additionally, as one of the world's great technology centers, Austin, sometimes referred to as "Silicon Hills," is home to technology heavyweights like Dell, National Instruments and Silicon Labs.

For more on the City of Austin's offerings, visit The Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau webpage.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants are invited to apply online application at:

Please attach your rsum, letter of interest, list of three references, and one relevant writing sample of not more than three pages to the online application.

Due to the volume of anticipated inquiries, no phone calls, please.

A brief summary of Benefits can be found here.

St. Edward's University is an equal opportunity employer.  We encourage women and minorities to apply to our vacancies and hire only U.S. Citizens and documented workers.

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