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Senior Director of Development, Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Nevada, United States
$130,000.00 - $140,000.00
Closing date
Jun 7, 2024

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Position Type
Academic Centers
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Senior Director of Development, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement [R0142541]


The Senior Director of Development serves as the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering chief development officer, managing the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major and principal gift prospects. The Senior Director also manages a personal major and principal gift portfolio. The Senior Director will be expected to travel outside of Southern Nevada at least 30% of the time to engage current and prospective donors for UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering and UNLV. 

The Senior Director will work collaboratively with the Associate Vice President for Development, and the Dean to advance the mission of the Unit by conceptualizing and implementing strategies to increase financial support from alumni and donors and directing the fundraising strategy of the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering. The Senior Director will be responsible for meeting individual and Unit fundraising goals.

The Senior Director will be responsible for managing a donor portfolio of up to 125 prospects with a philanthropic capacity to give $50,000 or more to UNLV. The Senior Director will initiate and conduct at least 10 - 12 visits or substantive contacts per month for the purpose of determining philanthropic interests, capacity, and readiness. The Senior Director will oversee all fundraising efforts for the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering.

The Senior Director will develop tailored cultivation and solicitation strategies and present written and oral proposals to donors. The Senior Director of Development will solicit gifts directly or in conjunction with the Dean. The Senior Director will serve as the chief fundraising advisor to the Dean, assisting in developing fundraising plans to meet the strategic goals of the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering. The position will lead the College’s strategic planning for short-term and long-term fundraising goals and work with external and internal constituents to promote understanding of fundraising priorities.

In addition, the Senior Director of Development will:

  1. Oversee all fundraising efforts on behalf of the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, which may include: the development and implementation of fundraising initiatives that strategically engage and connect alumni, donors, and the community with the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering.
  • Supervise a team of development professionals within the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering
  • Successfully cultivate and sustain relationships with UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering alumni, donors, faculty, and staff to enhance the fundraising outcomes and donor and alumni engagement of UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering
  • If budget permits, this individual will manage at least one development officer, a student worker, one administrative support position, and any other positions assigned by the Dean to support the advancement efforts of the College.
  • The Senior Director will be required to work evenings and/or weekends as necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. Regular travel outside of Nevada will be required.


    The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.

    About the UNLV Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement

    The Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement (PAE) fosters relationships with alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations and encourages private financial support for the students, faculty, research, and innovative programs that distinguish UNLV as an exceptional university.

    PAE currently employs nearly 100 team members. We seek to hire talented professionals who will share the university's vision for excellence in academics and research, as well as a commitment to the relationships built between UNLV and its alumni and friends.

    UNLV is a vibrant campus, a supportive workplace, and has tools to help you achieve professional and personal growth. We offer a variety of career opportunities and generous compensation packages 

    Living Our Values

    As a team member of PAE, you will be part of a growing, inclusive division that values integrity, trust, excellence, teamwork, and respect.


    This position requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university as recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) with a minimum of five to seven years of experience with major and principal gifts fundraising within an educational setting or related field. Demonstrated success with major and principal gifts fundraising within an educational setting. Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with academic or industry leaders, staff, and volunteers. Experience working in a metric-driven environment. One to three years of supervisory experience is required.


    Experience in alumni relations and/or external affairs. Experience in higher education and in dealing with professionals and executives from private and public sectors. Three to five years of supervision experience is preferred. Experience overseeing a unit fundraising program. Oversight of a unit-based capital fundraising initiative.


    The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.


    The salary range for the Senior Director of Development, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering is $130,000-$140,000. Salary competitive with those at similarly situated institutions.


    • Generous compensation packages, up to 48 days of paid time off, sick leave, and holidays
    • Excellent health insurance including medical, dental and vision
    • No state income tax
    • Comprehensive retirement plans and voluntary benefits programs
    • Tuition discounts at Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) schools
    • Tuition discounts for spouses, domestic partners, and dependents



    Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. References will not be contacted until the search chair notifies you in advance.

    Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.

    Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates’ materials will begin on May 31, 2024.

    Materials should be addressed to the, Search Committee Chair and must be submitted through Workday, as we do not accept emailed materials. For assistance with the application process, please contact UNLV Human Resources at (702) 895-3504 or


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    If you complete an application outside of the internal application process, your application will be returned and you will have to reapply as an internal applicant which may delay your application.


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