Director, Development (R0007549)

Brandeis University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 10, 2023

Brandeis University – a distinguished top-tier private research university recognized for its academic excellence and leading-edge research – has an exciting opportunity for a talented and motivated Director, Development.

Brandeis is dedicated to first-rate undergraduate education while making groundbreaking scientific discoveries, advancing artistic and creative expression, and tackling some of society’s most pressing economic, human rights, and health policy issues. Brandeis offers a culture of learning and mentorship essential to a 21st-century liberal arts education where close relationships with professors and research opportunities enable students at all levels to collaborate with faculty members and peers across the institution.  Established as a nonsectarian university in 1948 by members of the American Jewish community, our visionary founders shared a commitment to social justice and to making the world a better place. Our founders’ pioneering spirit and intellectual pursuits continue today at Brandeis – from helping to solve a national public health crisis through work at its Opioid Policy Research Collaborative, to the biological discoveries that, in 2017, earned two faculty members a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

We aspire to further such important endeavors and are looking to grow our team with individuals who share our passion and commitment. In preparation for its next ambitious campaign, the Division of Institutional Advancement (IA) seeks to strengthen the bonds with the university’s many constituencies. By working together, we will secure the financial resources necessary to continue the legacy of excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship at Brandeis.

Located nine-miles west of downtown Boston, a global hub for higher education and innovation, Brandeis University is accessible via major highways (I-90 and I-95) and the MBTA Brandeis/Roberts commuter rail stop.

Position Summary:

The Director of Development will be responsible for the fundraising programs of Brandeis International Business School. This strategic position involves working closely with the Dean and maximizing the effectiveness of the Dean and Brandeis International Business School faculty in fundraising activities. The Director of Development reports to the Vice President of Development in the University’s Institutional Advancement with a strong matrixed reporting relationship to the Dean of the International Business School.  

Primary Responsibilities:

  • With the Dean as partner, directs fundraising at the International Business School. Develops ideas, identifies prospects, visits prospects, sets up meetings with appropriate faculty and administration of both the International Business School and the University. Includes preparation, cultivation and solicitation, and follow up with prospects and donors.
  • Develops written proposals, talking points for others including the Dean for events, correspondence, works on fundraising campaigns organized by the University but also those particular to the International Business School that involve fundraising around a specific program or idea.
  • Leads development activities at the International Business School, which will require close coordination and collaboration with staff.


BA/BS required/M.A./M.S. preferred plus 8+ years relevant work experience

Must have proficiency with computers and the ability to use all alumni and donor data bases in the execution of the job.

Must have strong relational, collaborative, and team work skills for both internal and external relations. Must have strategic planning skills, excellent judgment, facility with financial data, tolerance of ambiguity, and flexibility in work hours as well as the ability to switch strategies when needed. An attitude of doing what it takes to get the job done is paramount.

Leadership skills in order to build confidence in those around including the Dean and donors to the School. Must have a track record of cultivating and closing gifts in six and seven figures and working as part of a team that accomplishes closing of major gifts.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

“Brandeis is a community rooted in purpose, guided by enduring values, and determined to lead.  Come add your talents and your voice to this vibrant and distinctive community.”

Ron Liebowitz, President of Brandeis University

Diversity, equity and inclusion aren't just important values at Brandeis today — they are rooted in our identity as an institution. They serve as a regular reminder for self-reflection, and a continuous call to grow.  Founded as a model of ethnic and religious pluralism, Brandeis University welcomes students, faculty, and staff of every nationality, religion, and orientation.  Social justice is central to the mission of Brandeis, which endeavors to foster a just and inclusive campus culture that embraces the diversity of our larger society.  Brandeis embodies the American heritage of cultural diversity, equal access to opportunity and freedom of expression.  Read more online about our Mission and Diversity Statements.

Submit Your Candidacy

To apply, please visit our website and submit your cover letter and resume via the Brandeis University Human Resources careers portal.

Closing Statement

Brandeis University is committed to providing its students, faculty and staff with an environment conducive to learning and working and where all people are treated with respect and dignity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, caste, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, including transgender identity, religion, disability, age, genetics, active military or veteran status and any other characteristics protected under applicable federal or Massachusetts law.

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