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Senior Director of Development


The Senior Director is the key strategic member of assigned unit/college/department Development Leadership team. The director oversees assigned unit, setting strategic and annual goals for business planning.

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 75 major and principal gift donors.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gift prospects.
  • Serve as an advisor to the Dean and the faculty on fund raising and alumni programs.
  • Oversees maintenance of files and record keeping, planning activities involving volunteers, prospects and administration.
  • Manage portfolios of fundraising prospects and manage relationships through face-to-face visits to bring major gift solicitations to closure.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive communications plan to inform constituents and identified markets about the mission, vision, and values.
  • Support and collaborate with assigned unit(s) on programmatic planning and effective communication.
  • Ensure established goals and objectives for the assigned unit(s) are achieved, including strategic planning, fundraising, stewardship and marketing.

Education and Experience

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

Licensure and Certification



This position does have supervisory responsibility.


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