Director of Development, School of Public Health

Rutgers Foundation
New Jersey, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Mar 8, 2024

The Rutgers University Foundation seeks a collaborative, mission-driven, and resourceful development professional to serve as its Director of Development (DOD) for the School of Public Health (SPH). The DOD will proactively seek out connections with individuals, corporations, and foundations to raise philanthropic support on behalf of the School of Public Health and Rutgers Health more broadly. In addition, the DOD will provide oversight of fundraising for the School of Health Professions (SHP) by directly supervising the Assistant Director of Development (ADOD) SHP. This is an exceptional opportunity to join an institution that is at the vanguard of generating new ideas to improve society and that operates with a true sense of purpose, and a chance to join the overarching Rutgers University Foundation (RUF) as strategic growth plans are underway.

The DOD will cultivate prospects and donors rated at the leadership and major gift level, actively soliciting prospects and donors but also developing a meaningful stewardship strategy to ensure continued engagement and giving. The DOD will play a critically important role in fully building out the fundraising portfolio for the Schools, focusing on relationship-driven donor cultivation while also seeking new opportunities for philanthropic support and identifying new prospects through community interaction (internal and external).

The ideal candidate brings a minimum of five years of fundraising experience with a track record of success in identifying donors and establishing partnerships with individuals, corporations, and foundations. The incoming DOD thinks strategically and creatively in their efforts to build pipelines and relationships with cultural fluency, empathy, and high emotional intelligence. The candidate is a natural business builder with an approach that believes there are no dead ends but only new avenues to pursue; offers an authentic and collaborative approach that builds trust; and the professional maturity, respect, and intellectual curiosity to partner with multiple deans, faculty, and colleagues.  They must be a self-starter and be able to handle complex organizational details while multitasking.

Roles and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:
  • In partnership with Vice President for Development, Rutgers Health, and the Deans of SHP and SPH, contribute to the design and execution of a strategic development plan that results in increased philanthropic support for the schools, both in the near term and for future support.
  • Meet with current and prospective donors with the capacity to make gifts $25K+ with an emphasis on growing a pool of donors in the six and seven figure range; hold 75-100 unique meetings with prospects/donors annually; shepherd donors/prospects through every step of the donor solicitation cycle (identify-qualify-engage-solicit-steward).
  • Increase engagement and identify additional capacity from existing donors while simultaneously discovering, identifying, and soliciting new donors.
  • Strategically organize the Dean's time and resources to achieve advancement priorities. Staff the Dean appropriately in School/University leadership meetings and conversations, at donor solicitations, and special events.
  • Support the Dean and faculty in organizing and facilitating donor/prospect meetings, managing logistics for these meetings, and drafting briefing materials, follow-up reports, documents, and other external correspondence.
  • Maintain information about donors/prospects in the development database; prepare meeting briefing memos for the dean and other campus partners; draft meeting call reports for the University’s files.
  • Attend school, alumni, and campus functions to develop a strong understanding of the culture of the university, school, and alumni base.
  • Mentor, develop, and grow the ADOD for SHP by providing guidance and partnering on leadership, faculty, and donor meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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