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Director of Development, School of Pharmacy and Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences

Chapman University
California, United States
$100,000.00 - $150,000.00
Closing date
May 7, 2024

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Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Chapman University in the search for a Director of Development, School of Pharmacy and Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences.

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of College and School Development, the Director of Development will lead all fundraising efforts for the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Pharmacy including the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of gifts to the university from a pool of prospects targeting restricted and unrestricted major gifts with an annual fundraising goal that will be assessed and set annually by the Vice President of Development. The Director will serve as a central development liaison and primary major gift officer to the School of Pharmacy and Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences to ensure that their development needs are supported in alignment with Chapman University's strategic plan and institutional priorities. The Director will serve as part of a development team responsible for collaborating with Chapman Family constituencies including alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends.

Chapman University, founded in 1861, is a nationally ranked, mid-sized private institution, known for its commitment to excellence through research and innovative teaching, as well as its distinctive approach to personalized education. Located just 15 miles from the beach in Orange, California, Chapman’s Orange campus is close to industry leaders in fields from science to screenwriting that propel and jumpstart student careers. The Rinker Health Sciences campus serves graduate students in nearby Irvine, California, which is home to numerous hospitals, labs, and medical and pharmaceutical businesses. Channeling the entrepreneurial spirit of the West Coast, Chapman’s proximity to Los Angeles helps students land internships, job prospects, and other opportunities with industry leading organizations. University facilities offer an array of the latest educational and technological resources, housed in a blend of new, state-of-the-art, and historic buildings. 

Chapman University attracts high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States and internationally. Its campuses are home to nearly 10,000 students representing 49 states, two territories, and 82 countries. The 11 schools and colleges of Chapman offer 65 bachelors, 53 master, and six doctoral programs, along with nearly 60 minors and 17 accelerated and bridge programs.

Despite its remarkable growth—nearly doubling its enrollment in the last decade—Chapman fulfills its promise of providing its students with innovative teaching and individualized attention. With a 13:1 student to faculty ratio, learners experience the personalized education for which Chapman is known. With extraordinary faculty and staff support, students are thriving at Chapman, with an average retention rate of 90%. Beyond its renowned faculty and academic excellence, students have opportunities outside of the classroom to participate in the more than 175 student organizations and 21 intercollegiate athletic teams that compete in NCAA Division III. With more than 55,000 alumni worldwide, there is always someone cheering for the success of Chapman students and alumni.

Chapman University is deeply committed to enriching diversity and inclusion through on-going efforts to cultivate a welcoming campus climate for all members of the Chapman community. It strives to provide an inclusive academic curriculum, promote equity and access in recruitment and retention, and develop meaningful outreach programs and partnerships within a diverse local community.

Chapman University is ranked in the top 15% of American colleges and universities. According to The Princeton Review, Chapman is an “extraordinary blend of liberal arts, science, and professional programs,” and one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education. Chapman also has been identified as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars for three years running and was named one of the top fifty-two “Most Innovative” universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Chapman’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts was named fourth among top American film schools by The Hollywood Reporter for the past three years. U.S. News & World Report ranked many other schools and programs at Chapman within the top 100 in the nation, including Argyros School of Business and Economics, the School of Pharmacy, the M.S. in Communication Science Disorders, the M.M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies, and the Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Located in Irvine, California, the School of Pharmacy (CUSP) proudly holds the distinction of being the first ACPE-accredited pharmacy school in Orange County. The school provides a streamlined healthcare education opportunity to the local community, which is rich in healthcare services. The Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities and is home to world-class opportunities that help students succeed in both academic and professional pursuits. The School of Pharmacy ranked 99th in best pharmacy schools by U.S. News & World Report.

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences (CCHBS), established in 2014, operates with a mission to imagine a better world through research, education, and clinical practice. Crean College acts on its vision to engage diverse faculty, students, and staff in community outreach, learning, research, and evidence-based practice. It emphasizes an ethical, interdisciplinary approach to understanding health across the lifespan. Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences has multiple programs that rank in the top 100 by U.S. News & World Report including the M.S. in Communication Science Disorders in best speech-language pathology programs, the Master of Medical Sciences PA Studies Program among best Physician Assistant Programs, and the Doctorate in Physical Therapy in best physical therapy programs.

Chapman University will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least seven years of experience in donor cultivation, personal solicitation of major gifts, donor stewardship, and prospect and volunteer management experience, ideally in higher education, is required for this position. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Chapman University as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

The salary range for this position is $100,000 to $150,000 annually.

Chapman University is committed to the inclusion of all qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the selection process, please contact Eric Rosario at

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