As the fourth part of CohenTaylor’s series of executive searches for Director of Development positions at the UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS, today we’re announcing our search for the DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, OPUS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

November 1, 2017    
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Universities can stimulate the mind, benefit surrounding communities, and provide unforgettable and life-changing experiences to students of all ages—with a strong development team, even more so. In partnership with the University of St. Thomas, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a series of searches for Director of Development positions at the University of St. Thomas. When you join the University Development and Alumni Relations team, you will be part of a best in class operation supporting a dynamic, growing global community of 10,000 mission-driven and enthusiastic students and faculty.

You will also become part of Minnesota’s largest private university, with campuses in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Rome, and students from 50 states and 63 countries. Your role will allow the University of St. Thomas’ fervent school spirit to thrive, and it will support the sustained success of 140 student organizations, 20 varsity sports teams, and 40 club sports. Through your work, the University of St. Thomas will continue to boast a global reach, and to send more than half of its undergraduate students to study outside of the country.

After announcing our searches for the next Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Director of Development, College of Arts & Sciences, and Director of Planned Giving, we're excited to announce or next search: Director of Development, Opus College of Business.

The Opus College of Business, ranked as the #1 Part-Time MBA Program in Minnesota by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, is the only private accredited business school in the state. Offering undergraduate degrees that enroll 43% of St. Thomas’ undergraduate students; part-time, full-time and executive MBA programs; four specialized Masters programs; various graduate certificates; and the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, the College has prepared its more than 17,000 alumni to become leaders in the business community locally and beyond. Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the Opus College of Business develops effective, principled business leaders who think globally, act ethically and create enduring value for society.

The Director of Development, Opus College of Business (OCB) reports to the Associate Vice President of Development, in close cooperation with the Dean of the Opus College of Business, and is a member of the University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) division. The Director of Development, OCB advances relationships between prospective donors and the OCB for the purpose of securing major gift commitments ($50,000 or more).  The Director of Development, OCB directs and coordinates fundraising efforts for OCB and manages institution-wide fundraising activities within the college. S/he works to identify and cultivate sources of funding, by planning and implementing short, medium, and long-term (3 year) fundraising strategies and programs, to meet the current and future needs of OCB. This position is physically located within the OCB in Minneapolis, but will also frequently attend meetings on the St. Paul campus.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years development experience, knowledge of higher education and business and/or business schools, proven leadership ability and a highly collaborative leadership style, and demonstrated experience planning and implementing strategies for moving donors from identification to solicitation, and ultimately, the proven ability to secure major gifts from individuals.