The Director of Development for the Christina Lee Brown Envirome
Institute works collaboratively with University Advancement and
Institute leadership to identify and advance opportunities for
public and private support for the Institute’s mission, objectives,
and strategic direction. This position directs efforts to
secure philanthropic (and other forms) support enabling research
that unites a multidisciplinary group to turn scientific discovery
into actionable knowledge that can help build healthier cities.
Under the direction of the Senior Director of Corporate &
Foundation Relations, in coordination with the Senior Executive
Director of Development for the Health Sciences Campus and the
Director of the Envirome Institute, and/or designee(s), this
position develops and implements plans to identify, cultivate,
secure, and steward major gift & grant support from
individuals, corporations, and foundations. This position
works closely with University Advancement staff (including but not
limited to Corporate & Foundation Relations and unit/college
development officers) and with Research & Sponsored Programs
staff to identify and guide gift and grant opportunities to
successful completion. Within this framework, this position
leads the philanthropy program for the Institute advising
leadership on logistical and strategic steps necessary to advance
programmatic and research initiatives.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Identify, cultivate and steward a portfolio of major donors
($25,000 and above) and supporters with a high affinity for the
Institute’s mission, research, and stated objectives
- Work with anchor donors of the Institute to develop national
and global prospects
- Identify, cultivate and steward a portfolio of corporations
and/or foundations in collaboration with the University’s Director
of Corporate & Foundation Relations to secure significant
funding ($100,000 and above) to support and elevate the Institute’s
programs, profile and impact
- Cultivate, recruit and train fundraising volunteers in support
of the Envirome Institute’s specific priorities and special
- Solicit and close $500,000 in annual gifts from major
- Solicit and close $2 million in philanthropic grants
- Assist faculty, research staff, and Institute leadership in the
grant application and award process and work collaboratively with
Research/Sponsored Projects to help facilitate processes when
- Assist with Institute communication and events in support of
the above activities.
This position requires a passion for health research. Excellent
communication skills with an ability to write and speak
persuasively about the role of philanthropy and its impact on
teaching and research is a critical requirement. The position also
requires critical thinking skills as well as the ability to
exercise sound judgment within an ambiguous environment. Some night
and weekend work is required.
Master’s Degree and 3 years of related experience.
Additional experience can be used on a one-to-one basis to offset
the educational requirement.
Prior experience in fundraising, sales or within scientific or
business development. 6 years of experience preferred.
Higher education fundraising experience is preferred as well as a
familiarity with clinical research activity. Preference will
be given to candidates who demonstrate comfort with, and
effectiveness in, high-profile social situations. Educational
background in a science, technology, engineering or math field or
demonstrated experience in these domains is preferred.