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Job Posting: Director of Advancement


The Phi Delta Theta Foundation is hiring a director of advancement who will be tasked with leading the Foundation’s major gifts team. The director of advancement will actively manage a primary portfolio of 100 to 125 prospects while moving them through the gift cycle and building support for the A Greater Version for Tomorrow capital campaign. The position requires routine travel and is considered a hybrid position with some presence in Oxford, Ohio (preferred). Onboarding and training will require time at the General Headquarters in Oxford.

Direct Reports:

Advancement Officer(s)


  • Donor Focus: demonstrated ability to establish, cultivate, and steward relationships with donors and constituents to build and maintain a lifelong relationship with Phi Delta Theta
    • Manage a portfolio of 100 to 125 primary prospects and introduce them to giving opportunities with the Foundation.
    • Responsible for soliciting gifts of $50,000 and higher.
    • Participate in all aspects of the gift cycle:
      • Initiate contacts with potential leadership and major gift donors (80 annually)
      • Develop appropriate cultivation strategies for them, including working with volunteers and trustees
      • Move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure
      • Maintain stewardship contacts with donors
    • Focus on securing support for a set of Fraternity educational programs and scholarships.
    • Monitor all advancement team prospect contacts to ensure positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations.
  • Strategic Agility: demonstrated ability to provide leadership in decision making that considers current processes, potential opportunities, and future conditions.
    • Report to the senior vice president. Lead, coach, and manage advancement team and other appropriate staff. Offer major gift strategy counsel to the senior vice president, and all other advancement staff.
    • Support and assist in the Foundation’s planned giving and annual fund programs.
    • Serve as coordinator for major donor profiles/stewardship pieces and collaborate with the Foundation team on communication and documentation requests.
    • Adhere to the highest ethical standards; demonstrate empathetic disposition and perseverance; reflect an optimistic and positive attitude, and convey sensitivity to the needs of the donors.
    • Be a resource for staff and board members regarding the capital campaign, especially in the post-launch stage.
  • Project Management: demonstrated ability to effectively plan and measure a plan while working towards the successful completion of a specific goal.
    • Assist the president of the Foundation, senior vice president, and other staff with the Foundation’s other ongoing fundraising programs.
    • Plan and participate in various alumni cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship events, both in conjunction with alumni clubs and as special events sponsored by the Foundation (i.e. Fellows and VIP Program(s)).
    • Plan, in conjunction with other staff members, and participate in Phi Delta Theta’s major conferences and other meetings supported by the Foundation. Support and collaborate on the Fellows Program.
    • In cooperation with other staff members, write, edit and print articles for The Scroll and other communication devices that promote the Foundation and its activities.
    • Participate in professional and interfraternity conferences related to Foundation activities, as time permits.
    • Assist in the execution of all approved programs, projects, and functions of the Foundation staff.


A bachelor’s degree with at least five years of professional experience in fundraising with demonstrated knowledge and success in cultivating major gifts and a thorough understanding of the giving cycle. A demonstrated track record of initiative and innovation, excellent organizational, written, oral, and interpersonal skills. Ability to travel.

Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

Stamina to travel as needed in addition to prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary will be determined depending upon background and experience. Phi Delta Theta offers an excellent benefits package including health care and retirement planning.

Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters Purpose Statement:

Together we provide our members a transformational experience in pursuit of greatness.

Organizational Background:

Founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, on December 26, 1848, Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity has 194 chapters and emerging chapters and ninety-one alumni clubs across the United States and Canada. To date, the Fraternity has initiated over 283,000 men into the society whose founding principles are Friendship, Sound Learning, and Rectitude.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should provide a cover letter and résumé to Human Resources Specialist Cynthia Buresh.


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