University of Arkansas - Little Rock Research Associate in Little Rock, Arkansas


Position Type Non Classified

Employee Class Code NF

AR State Title Research Associate

FLSA Exempt

Position Summary and Qualifications

Posting Number FNC01101

UALR Functional Title Director of Development and External Relations / R99747

Position Number R99747

Department Development Office

Position Summary

The Director of Development and External Relations (DOD/ER) will work with the College of Business and report to the Executive Director of Development. This position serves as a valued member of the university fundraising team with specific responsibility for the identification, engagement, solicitation, and stewardship of existing and prospective College of Business donors with an annual expectation of personal visits and gift productivity. Additionally, the DOD/ER will manage all corporate interactions benefiting students. This position is governed by state and federal laws, and agency/institution policy.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage a major gift portfolio of existing donors – meeting regularly to assess giving ability, cultivate relationships, solicit gifts meeting college priorities, and provide meaningful stewardship;

  • Perform a minimum of ten (10) meaningful face-to-face visits weekly connected to the portfolio of donors and prospective donors;

  • Identify prospective donors through research, networking, referrals, and other means appropriate;

  • Prepare proposals, presentations, and resulting gift agreements;

  • Document meaningful contacts and goal statements in the donor management system;

  • Provide leadership and staffing to all college departmental Advisory Councils;

  • Provide leadership to an alumni constituent chapter;

  • Work with the college dean and executive director of development to determine appropriate fundraising priorities for the college;

  • Develop and manage corporate interactions providing College of Business students with employment opportunities;

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills;

  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to multitask;

  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders including: faculty, faculty committees, academic administrators, students, and community members;

  • Ability to manage a major gift portfolio of existing and prospective donors;

  • Ability to prepare proposals, presentations, and gift agreements;

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which includes night, weekends, and holidays;

  • The ability to operate a motor vehicle and hold a valid driver’s license;

  • Ability to travel in and out of state, which may include overnight stays;

  • Ability to work effectively with “executive” level business community across a broad spectrum of industries.

Required Education and/or Experience

A Bachelor’s degree and one (1) to three (3) years of professional level work experience in one (1) or more of the following: program management, recruiting, sales/fundraising, or business development in an academic or business setting.

Preferred Education and/or Experience

3+ years of fundraising/development experience; Experience with Advance or similar donor management software; Understanding of large complex, decentralized public higher education institutions; Worked with high self-imposed standards and discipline; Familiarity of local, state, and regional business and philanthropic leadership.

Background Check Requirements 01 - Criminal/Financial

Start Date

Additional Qualifications


Essential Job Functions Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds: Occasionally, Kneeling: Occasionally, Climbing (Stairs, Ladders, etc.): Occasionally, Lifting 10-25 lbs: Occasionally, Carrying 10-25 lbs: Occasionally, Pushing/pulling 10-25 lbs: Occasionally, Sitting for long periods of time: Daily, Speaking; Essential, Hearing: Essential, Vision: Ability to distinguish similar colors, depth perception, close vision: Essential, Walking - Short Distances: Daily, Walking - Moderate Distances; Frequently

Work Conditions Spends approximately 75% or more time indoors, Conditions that affect the respiratory system or the skin, such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases or poor ventilation

Posting Detail Information

Background Check Statement

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal and financial history background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

UALR EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Under Arkansas law, all applications are subject to disclosure. Persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.

Open Date 05/11/2018

Close Date 06/11/2018

Open Until Filled No

Special Instructions to Applicants

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • Do you have a Bachelor's Degree?

  • Yes

  • No

  • How many years of professional level work experience do you have in an academic or business setting in one or more of the following: program management, recruiting, sales/fundraising, or business development in an academic or business setting?

  • Zero

  • 1-2 years

  • 2-3 years

  • 3-4 years

  • 4-5 years

  • 5-6 years

  • 6 or more years

  • Do you have experience with Advance or similar donor management software?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Have you ever worked on a college campus before?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Do you have familiarity of local, state, and regional business and philanthropic leadership?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Do you have a valid drivers license as well as the ability to operate and rent a vehicle?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Are you willing to work outside of normal business hours?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Are you able to travel, including overnight stays, as part of the duties for this position?

  • Yes

  • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application

  • List of Three (3) References

Optional Documents