The Director of Development is a frontline fundraising position
primarily focused on securing major ($50,000+) and principal
($1,000,000+) gifts. The Director is the focal point of
collaboration and communication between the UConn Foundation and
School of Pharmacy (SOP). The position provides counsel to the Dean
and faculty on promoting a positive culture of philanthropy and
achieving annual and long-range fundraising goals. As Director,
this position will serve as the lead development officer for the
School of Pharmacy. The Director is responsible for advancing
philanthropic opportunities and cultivating longer-term,
donor-centric relationships built on a firm understanding of the
donor’s interests, passions, and values.
- Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a caseload of current
and prospective major gift donors; meet or exceed annual metric
- Create written strategic action plans for best prospects with
intent of deepening relationships that lead to increased
comprehensive giving including annual, major and deferred
- Foster strong working relationships with Foundation colleagues,
adhering to Prospect Management Guidelines to review caseloads,
provide timely and appropriate documentation of interactions and
solicitations, and track progress against unit goals.
- Partner with the Assistant Vice President for Development,
dean, associate deans, department heads, and members of the faculty
and staff within SOP to manage donor and prospect activity and
translate university priorities into fundraising plans and
- Assemble and engage collaborative teams of staff and volunteers
to implement engagement and solicitation strategies.
- Establish and refine standards for best practices that
encourage the highest levels of quality in all interactions with
current and prospective donors.
- Update and maintain contact reports in a timely manner and
implement next steps of moves process according to prospect/donor
- Articulate the School of Pharmacy and University Programs
fundraising plans and goals to central development staff to broadly
engage the Foundation’s fundraising staff and ensure activities are
aligned towards unit goals.
- Create opportunities to engage key volunteers and University
leadership in the cultivation, and where appropriate, the
solicitation of current and potential donors.
- Serves as the academic unit lead to the Dean of the School of
- Values the diversity of Foundation colleagues, faculty and
staff, alumni, families, and community members and how that
positively impacts the work of philanthropy.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Demonstrate the ability to personally solicit gifts at
- Champion for inclusion and diversity both internally and
- Excellent interpersonal skills, tact, and diplomacy. Ability to
facilitate personal interactions in formal and informal social
- Demonstrates strategic and leadership capabilities in a
comprehensive development environment.; high level of initiative,
motivation and assertiveness
- Demonstrate the ability to think strategically and takes
initiative to resolve challenges that present.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including
ability to effectively communicate University priorities to donors
and prospects, and to positively represent the University and
- Ability to engender trust and confidence of donors and
prospective donors and to maintain confidentiality of donor
information; ability to represent the UConn Foundation to
prospects, donors, faculty, administrators and others.
- Adept in use of computers and information management tools,
such as CRMs (Blackbaud).
- Ability to handle multiple tasks, to assess and order
priorities, and to track details in a fast-paced environment.
- Ability to work to the demands of the position, which may
exceed a 40-hour work week
- Must be willing to travel extensively and reliable personal
transportation is required for this position.
- Must possess a valid driver’s license issued from state in
which employee resides. Employee must maintain at their expense,
automobile liability insurance coverage in the minimum amount of
$500,000 or a combination of umbrella and automobile liability
insurance coverage of $500,000. A certificate of automobile
insurance evidencing the limit, must be provided to the Foundation
at hire and annually thereafter.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor's degree.
- 4+ years’ experience as a major gift fundraiser or relevant
- Competence in Microsoft Office suite and donor management
The University of Connecticut Foundation is an
affirmative action, equal opportunity
employer, committed to fostering diversity in its