Regional Directors of Development, Rice University

Job Type

Full Time




United States


The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Rice University in the search for a complement of Regional Directors of Development.

The Regional Directors of Development will plan, organize, and manage the development of complex major gift support for university fundraising priorities. Specific responsibilities include the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major donor prospects capable of gifts of $100K and above. The Regional Directors of Development also will partner with other colleagues within Development and Alumni Relations while working directly with the President, other senior campus administrators including deans and directors of academic units, members of the Board of Trustees or other senior level volunteers to advance relationships with prospective donors. The Regional Directors of Development may also be responsible for developing and executing the fundraising strategy for a specific campaign program priority or school in conjunction with the program chair, dean or faculty.

The Regional Directors of Development will join Rice’s Development and Alumni Relations team at an exciting time in the university’s history. After successful completion of its $1B Centennial Campaign in 2013, Rice currently is in the quiet phase of its most ambitious campaign to date, which will build on the university’s core values of contributing to the world through excellence in education and research. Capitalizing on the momentum of the upcoming campaign, the Regional Directors of Development will play a key role in deepening relationships between the university and alumni and friends outside of Houston. Successful candidates will secure support for new and ongoing funding priorities for each of the six schools, the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, the Moody Center for the Arts, as well as various institutes and a broad spectrum of university-wide initiatives.

Under the leadership of Associate Vice President, Kathi Dantley Warren, a highly-skilled individual giving team in major gifts, gift planning, and annual giving is poised to propel the advancement program forward by deepening collaboration across the university and building on its foundation of existing strengths in fundraising. As part of the individual giving team, the regional major gifts team plays a pivotal role in continuing to develop a robust giving culture among alumni and friends who live outside of Houston and have the greatest capacity to give generously.

Rice University is a private, comprehensive research university, offering undergraduate or graduate degrees across six schools. Rice's robust curriculum provides a vast array of courses leading to a holistic undergraduate experience that equips its students with the knowledge, skills, and values to make a distinctive impact in the world. Located on a 300-acre tree-lined campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is approximately 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position as is five years of successful major gift fundraising experience at the $50K level with demonstrated success at the $100K+ level. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree