Director of Development for Strategic Initiatives
University of Delaware - Newark, DE

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Director of Development for Strategic Initiatives

Office of Development and Alumni Relations

Level 32S

Position is open until filled.

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations engages donors, alumni, friends, parents, faculty, staff and students in a lifelong relationship and fosters a tradition of philanthropy to strengthen the University’s legacy as one of the great public institutions of higher education in America.

We invite applications for the Director of Development for Strategic Initiatives position. The Director is responsible for major gift fundraising for University of Delaware priorities, including identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift donors. The major emphasis of the position is the solicitation of gifts of $100,000 or more from individuals, corporations, and foundations and to engage the president, deans, administrators, and faculty, as necessary and appropriate, in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major gift prospects.

The Director is part of a dynamic, growing University development program which supports the Path to Prominence™ initiatives and secures funding for established and emerging University campaign priorities.

The Director reports to the Senior Director of Development for Colleges and Programs and is accountable also to the Provost for the establishment of fundraising goals and accomplishing these goals.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred; minimum of five years of progressively responsible job experience. Experience in major gift fundraising highly desirable, preferably in a university or college environment. Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with prospects and donors, to work effectively in a team setting, and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; strong interpersonal skills. Skill in developing and implementing new strategies and procedures. Skill in use of personal computers and related software applications. Ability to foster a cooperative work environment. Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities. Ability to develop and implement short-and-long-term goals and plans. Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures. Ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse community. Ability to persuade and influence others. Ability to use independent judgment and to perform tasks on own initiative, many of which have no precedent. Possess strong self-motivation. Local and domestic travel required.

When applying please submit a one-page cover letter and your resume as one document. Also, please remember to provide names, addresses and telephone number of at least three references in the online application.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members and Women. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

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