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Director of Strategic Initiatives, Advancement


This position manages critical initiatives/projects that enhance and support fundraising efforts and campaign priorities. This position may report to an Associate/Assistant Vice President, Executive Director, or other appropriate administrator. This position may not report to another Director.

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.

  • Leads strategic planning and management of university-wide programs and initiatives.
  • Leads strategies/programs for major and leadership gifts and create strategies related to setting and achieving campaign goals
  • Conceptualizes, implements, directs and manages engagement initiatives that enhance and support fundraising efforts and campaign priorities
  • Serves as the strategic partner to leadership by providing updates and recommendations on critical initiatives or projects.
  • Assists stakeholders in driving projects through to completion.
  • Manages and leads naming and memorial initiatives.
  • Communicates management initiatives and assists in formulating and implementing policies and procedures
  • Collaborates to produce and examine reports related to fundraising performance and core development metrics to effectively measure fundraising progress
  • Plan and monitor the budgets for initiatives and special events.
  • Provides prospect management processes to effectively enhance cultivation and solicitation
  • Develops awards and recognition to drive strategic development production (i.e., metrics, visits, proposals, dollars raised, etc.)
  • Establishes metrics and measures to evaluate campaign goal completion
  • Enhance cultivation strategies for top prospects and donors through high-level engagement programming that aligns programming with unit fundraising initiatives.
  • Provides guidance and direction to staff involved in engagement initiatives and programs.

Education and Experience

Master’s degree in an appropriate area and six years of relevant experience; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area and eight years of relevant experience.

Licensure and Certification



This position may have supervisory responsibility.


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