Reporting to the Assistant Dean, External Relations, the Director
of Development holds principal responsibility for fundraising in
the School of Public Policy (SPP). The Director of Development
supports the Dean of SPP, developing and executing plans for
fundraising to deliver the resources needed for the Dean’s
priorities. The Director of Development works primarily in the area
of major gift fundraising for SPP, planning, implementing and
overseeing the major gift fundraising program ($50,000 and higher)
with emphasis on six and seven-figure gifts. The Director of
Development serves as a key member of the External Relations team
and as an ambassador for SPP. Working collaboratively with
members of the School and University community, and in coordination
with the Dean and Assistant Dean, External Relations, the Director
of Development leads donor cultivation, solicitation, and
stewardship efforts. The Director of Development additionally
assists with the development of external relations materials,
programming and special events in support
of SPP objectives. As a specific component of the
Director of Development’s responsibilities, the Director of
Development works with the Dean of SPP to engage the Dean
in donor/constituent specific development strategies, secures dates
and plan for the Dean’s development activities, including local and
regional constituency events, travels for cultivation and
solicitation, and manages correspondence and regular contact with
donors. The Director of Development must be a highly
energetic and collegial professional with a track record of
building donor relationships and closing gifts in the five and six
figure range. The successful candidate must be able to work
collaboratively and strategically with units across campus
including the Office of Gift Planning, Donor Relations, Annual
Giving, the Alumni Association, as well as unit-based and
school/college development officers, and university leaders.
This position will be required to work occasional evenings
and weekends. Regular local travel, and out of area travel
approximately 25-40% of time.
(include licenses, certifications,
Bachelor’s degree required.
must have at least 6 years of successful major gift fundraising
experience. They must also have a track record of working
collaboratively on philanthropic gifts within a complex
institution, preferably in higher education. Further, a
proven track record of initiating and building relationships with
prospects, and a successful record of soliciting, securing and
closing major gifts are required.
Knowledge, Skills, and
- Energetic customer-service oriented professional
- Excellent written and oral communication skills with the
willingness to make “cold calls” in order to cultivate, solicit and
- Ability to synthesize complex material and have great attention
- Strong interpersonal skills that will enable him or her to work
well with diverse groups of constituents and colleagues.
- Ability to represent the university and its priorities in a
compelling and professional manner.
- Ability to travel up to 40% of the time and work occasional
evenings and weekends.