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Associate Director of Development


Will develop and execute the fundraising program to fulfill the financial needs as identified by the dean, director, and/or chair of assigned units. Assists in planning, organizing and directing operations for the planned gifts program and provides counsel and services to all development programs on campus. Promotes a culture of philanthropy by broadening constituents’ understanding of the value of giving.

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 140 annual, mid-level ($10,000-$99,999) and major ($100,000+) gift donors.
  • Build a portfolio of fundraising prospects and strategically manage relationships through face-to-face visits to bring major gift solicitations to closure.
  • Serve as the primary Foundation Relations liaison to deans, directors, faculty, and development officers.
  • Will research and make independent judgments about which regional/national foundations are to be the primary targets for potential cultivation and solicitation, and devise strategies for each foundation prospect.
  • Work with development officers to derive strategies for increasing foundation support, determining size and appropriateness of gift requests.
  • Solicit foundations on behalf of the university, with a focus on high-priority university initiatives.
  • Identify and solicit foundations, corporations, and individuals on behalf of units and interdisciplinary endeavors at the university that do not have development officers.
  • Cultivate relationships with top foundations, corporations, and individuals in certain high-potential regional development territories. Plan and execute special events in each region.
  • Initiates, plans and supports activities and events involving volunteers and prospects.
  • Create a structured process for the identification, recruitment, evaluation, recognition, and replacement of volunteers to strengthen fundraising effectiveness.
  • Participate in recruiting experienced and divers leadership on boards and/or committees in order to ensure that these groups are representative of the communities served.
  • Manage and supervise at least one programmatic activity that is a priority for the Office of Gift Planning.
  • Assist with leadership council agendas.
  • Assist with planning and implementing short- and long-term development and strategies.

Education and Experience

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

Licensure and Certification



This position may have supervisory responsibility.


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