UT Health Assistant Director of Annual Giving in Development - Houston, TX in Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Assistant Director of Annual Giving in Development - Houston, TX


Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas


UTHealth Administration

Requisition #: 18000190

Position Summary:

We are looking for an Assistant Director of Annual Giving for our Development Department. This will be someone who is responsible for the implementation and management of a comprehensive annual giving multi-channel fundraising program focused on raising annual gifts. They will work closely with internal and external partners to increase the annual donor base with the ultimate objective to grow the major gift donor pipeline through donor acquisition, retention, and upgrades.

You should have strong organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. You also need to be detail-oriented with excellent time management skills. You will be joining a team of five people, but the development department is over 80 employees. This is a career-track role with great advancement opportunity. You should be both creative and detail-oriented - someone who can work outside of the box with a well developed checklist. Our annual giving team works with mass mailings, so it will help if you are a great proofreader as well. Familiarity with Raiser's Edge or any fundraising software should be part of your skillset.

In addition to being a detail oriented and creative person, you should also be able to work well with people. Part of this role will involve coordinating volunteers, so you will need to be someone who can rally the troops and keep them happy at the same time.

This is a full time role that is eligible for full benefits including a great health plan and a retirement program run by the State of Texas. The office is in the heart of the Texas Medical Center on both Metro's light rail and bus line.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Develops and oversees activities of direct mail, e-solicitation programs, and other solicitation programs and communications as needed with a strategic focus on donor acquisition, retention and upgrades.

  2. Provides internal and external partners with appropriate data, content, and ensures adherence to quality standards and timelines. Works collaboratively to advance and achieve program strategic plans and goals.

  3. Assists with the implementation and review of a strong data-driven solicitation system. Assesses marketing segmentation to improve results and monitors metrics of giving participation, retention, acquisition, and upgrades.

  4. Tracks pledge fulfillment efforts in collaboration with development operations to maximize return on investment for solicitation programs.

  5. Coordinates and manages the UTHealth employee annual giving campaign.

  6. Creates and coordinates annual giving donor retention/stewardship initiatives to grow our annual giving program.

  7. Oversees the growth and continued development of our young professionals group, Luminaries. Plans activities and opportunities for cultivation/engagement, solicitation, and stewardship to deepen constituent relationships with the institution.

  8. Develops effective partnerships throughout the University to enhance the understanding of annual giving benefits and the importance of alumni participation.

  9. May manage one or more team members within the annual giving team, including the Human Resources activities for direct reports in regards to: recruiting and selection; hiring and termination, training, development, mentoring, counseling, performance evaluations, and salary planning.

  10. Researches and stays up-to-date on trends in the field of philanthropy, annual giving, and higher education advancement – suggests new initiatives or improvements to enhance the annual giving program as they arise.

  11. Performs other related duties as required.


Experience with Raiser’s Edge software preferred. Strong interpersonal and written communication skills. Self motivated work style. Customer service experience.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s degree or experience at a comparable level may be considered in lieu of the education requirement.

Minimum Experience:

Three (3) years of experience in fundraising or equivalent transferable marketing background preferably in higher education, health care, or nonprofit organizations.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

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