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Assistant Director of Development


This position will be focused on qualifying and soliciting leadership annual giving prospects. The incumbent will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors by engaging prospects through a variety of mediums (face-to-face, phone or in writing).  He or she will also be assigned to facilitate leadership annual giving and pipeline development, such as visit scheduling and gift planning. Additionally, the assistant director will periodically be tasked with special fundraising projects in particular areas, such as parents or student affairs. The assistant director will also work closely with the Office of Gift Planning to support their lead generation and prospect discovery/qualification processes.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Maintain a portfolio of approximately 150 annual and mid-level gift donors.
  • Manage relationships through face-to-face visits and bring gift solicitations to closure.
  • Develop, plan, and drive strategies for major and leadership gifts.
  • Creates, implements, directs and manages initiatives that enhance and support fundraising efforts.
  • Identify opportunities for integration into annual giving projects and manage current partnerships.
  • Responsible for coordinating and/or assisting donor stewardship programs for leadership annual giving prospects.
  • Manages special projects and initiatives as assigned.
  • Advises other administration staff in order to maintain consistency and quality of internal and external communications, agendas, and travel schedules.
  • Coordinates development meetings and meeting materials.
  • Assist in developing and implementing a comprehensive communications plan to inform constituents and identified markets about the mission, vision, and values of the unit, its funding priorities, and gift opportunities.
  • Identify, plan, and write communication pieces related to fund-raising, briefings, donor recognition, and promotion.
  • Coordinates planning, operational support, and logistical activities of events.

Education and Experience

Master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and one year of relevant experience.

Licensure and Certification



This position may have supervisory responsibility.


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