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Director of Development for the College of Arts and Sciences & the School of Communications

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Type: Full-time
Campus: Mount Carmel - Hamden, CT
Categories: Faculty, Staff

Overview: Quinnipiac University's Office of Development and Alumni Affairs seeks applicants for a Director of Development for the College of Arts and Sciences & the School of Communications. In this exciting role, you will lead the development efforts to bolster philanthropic support of the College of Arts and Sciences & the School of Communications and work collaboratively with the Deans to engage major donor prospects to secure philanthropic support for their strategic funding priorities in support of Quinnipiac’s comprehensive campaign.

The Director of Development actively manages a portfolio of 120 prospects capable of making a minimum gift of $25,000, and provides concierge level service, striving to exceed expectations while utilizing a high-touch non-transactional approach.

About Quinnipiac: Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 7,000 full-time undergraduate and 3,000 graduate and part-time students in 100 degree programs through its Schools of Business, Communications, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report's America's "Best Colleges" issue. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review's "The Best 380 Colleges." Quinnipiac has been named a "Great College to Work For" as determined by a comprehensive industry survey. For more information, please visit An education at Quinnipiac embodies the University's commitment to preparing graduates for 21st century careers and citizenship, creating an inclusive, excellence-driven community, nurturing and positively impacting internal, local and global communities and fostering lifelong connections and success. The University believes in educating a diverse student body to become valued and contributing members of their communities through vital and purposeful educational programs. Students engage with real-world issues through practice and considering different perspectives. The University's innovative curriculum further prepares undergraduate and graduate students to understand their roles and responsibilities as members of the Quinnipiac community as well as the larger national and global communities.
  • Works collaboratively with the Deans of the College of Arts and Sciences & the School of Communications to engage major prospects to secure philanthropic support for the College’s funding priorities and strategic initiatives. Provide counsel, coaching and briefing to the Deans prior to and after donor meetings. Engages with faculty and staff to educate them about development opportunities
  • Conducts a minimum of 120 intentional personal visits with current and prospective donors. Promptly documents all contacts with donor in Reeher to build the donor’s story and history with the University
  • Creatively cultivates, solicits, and stewards, prospects and donors, and conducts meaningful discovery work to build the major gift pipeline
  • Plans and executes personalized donor strategy plans and well-written proposals
  • Connects highly qualified benefactors to the President, Dean and faculty to deepen their relationship with the University and increase their philanthropic commitment
  • Maintains a portfolio of major prospects for the purpose of supporting the University
  • Provides timely and accurate reports to management regarding prospect activity as needed
  • Leverages available resources to maximize alumni support and collaborates with colleagues in Planned Giving, Parent Development, Annual Giving, Alumni Affairs, and Advancement Services in support of divisional and institutional goals. Develops new programs and initiatives to provide opportunities for meaningful prospect engagement with the College
  • Utilizes events within the College/School at the University to highlight the work of our students and faculty to engage major prospects based on their unique interests
  • Utilizes plethora of institutional knowledge and experience to build a culture of philanthropy at the University
  • Capitalizes on vast network to identify/enlist alumni to serve on boards, committees, and leadership roles at the University
  • Maintains knowledge of other unit and institutional priorities and university events to align donor interests and passions with meaningful areas of support and engagement
  • Sustains collegial and collaborative relationships with colleagues and campus partners and responds to inquiries in a timely manner
  • Manages University resources and budget judiciously
  • Work closely with the Deans to grow the College/Schools' advisory councils
Education Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Master's degree preferred
  • 3-5 years of experience/accomplishment in closing major gifts and establishing endowed scholarships and funds consistently meets/exceeds annual revenue and donor visit goals
  • Self-motivated, entrepreneurial individual with a strong work ethic, high level of integrity, attention to detail, and creativity who provides a highly personalized method to donor cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and engagement
  • Willingness to adapt to shifting priorities and accept new responsibilities as requested.
  • Adept at relating to constituents of diverse backgrounds and engaging them with the University
  • Effectively works independently, while collaborating with colleagues as needed
Special Instructions to Applicants: TO APPLY:

Applications must be submitted electronically and include a resume, cover letter addressing how your experience supports the requirements of this position and Quinnipiac's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and contact information for three references on the application form.

Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion throughout the University community and welcomes candidates who enhance that diversity.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package for full-time faculty and staff which includes tuition remission and a culture that is inclusive and driven by excellence.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: Please note that the university has a COVID-19 vaccination requirement. For more information, please visit

Quinnipiac University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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