Director of Development

Director of Development

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St. Mary's University of San Antonio
September 21, 2022
San Antonio
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Karla Benavidez


The Director of Development is responsible for initiating and managing relationships with St. Mary’s community of alumni, foundations, corporations, and other constituencies using best-practice methodologies for prospect discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. This position reports to and participates with the Vice President and the Executive Director for University Advancement in the overall planning, integration, and oversight of institutional development programs and serves as a resource primarily to assigned school but may serve all University areas as needed.


St. Mary's University, as a Catholic Marianist University, fosters the formation of people in faith and educates leaders for the common good through community, integrated liberal arts and professional education, and academic excellence: St. Mary's is the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest and continues to advocate the Marianist mission. St. Mary's enrolls approximately 3500 students in a diverse university with four schools, more than 40 academic programs including Ph.D. and J.D. programs, and numerous pre-professional programs. The successful candidate is expected to support and contribute to the University's Marianist educational mission.



  • Executes plans and implements strategies to maximize the flow of resources to the campus from alumni and friends, with an emphasis on major gifts.
  • Works in a collaborative environment across the campus, in close coordination with leadership in all academic areas to develop and increase philanthropic investments in the University’s annual and campaign funding priorities.
  • Assists in formulation of plans to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospects among alumni groups and friends.
  • Manages assigned prospect portfolio and meets expectations for donor interactions (metrics).
  • Develops and executes creative and unique plans to engage alumni in the fundraising process.
  • Conducts fundraising presentations and writes funding proposals for the St. Mary’s community of alumni and other constituencies.
  • Solicits annual, capital campaign, and planned contributions from alumni and friends.
  • Coordinates and executes school/program/campaign based fundraising events.
  • Coordinates the transmission and acknowledgement of charitable gifts received with the offices of Advancement Services and Stewardship.
  • Provides and submits reports of all meaningful contact with University prospects and donors.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college/university required, with Master’s degree or higher preferred.
  • 5 years experience in development activities and organizational fundraising or related fund activities; preferably documented success in major gift funding/closing.
  • Must clear and maintain a favorable background investigation and clearance
  • Must have valid driver’s license, motor vehicle liability insurance and personal injury insurance; or have a self-reliant source of transportation to conduct business on a daily basis
  • Must be able to work some nights, weekends, travel, and attend special events as needed.
  • Experience with technology and software programs to support fund-raising efforts.
  • Ability to interface frequently with administrators, faculty, staff, students, donors, trustees and high profile individuals in the community; Must be highly responsive to the needs of others.
  • Ability to think independently and take initiative to plan and implement effective partnerships and relationships that sustain existing gifts and generate new gifts, including prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Ability to stay abreast on all matters and activities of the University in order to effectively articulate and incorporate relevant information in an oral and a written case for support.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records and reports, as well as maintain confidentiality of all records and information.
  • Ability to communicate and interact in an effective and appropriate manner with diverse populations, the University community, and the public.
  • Ability to work in an environment that is busy, fast paced, goal and deadline driven.
  • Ability to write error-free correspondence and funding proposals.


Position is open until filled.   Submit: Application, cover letter, resume, and list of references online at


St. Mary’s University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion and encourages all qualified candidates apply.

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