Director of Development, Wiess School of Natural Sciences, Rice University

Job Type

Full Time




United States


The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Rice University in the search for a Director of Development, Wiess School of Natural Sciences.

The Director of Development will plan, organize, and manage the development of complex major gift support for the Wiess School of Natural Sciences and its constituent departments and centers. Specific responsibilities include the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major donor prospects capable of gifts at the $100K to $4.9M level. In the course of their work, the successful candidate will apply knowledge and understanding of Rice University, including its traditions, programs, campus issues, needs, and priorities.

Rice University is a private, comprehensive research university, offering undergraduate or graduate degrees across eight 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.

Rice students find a rigorous curriculum designed to challenge them and prepare them to be leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor. Undergraduates enjoy flexible distribution requirements and more than 50 majors. Many opt to double or even triple major within or across divisions of study. Students have numerous opportunities for experiential learning through on-campus research collaborations with distinguished faculty and through internships and off-campus research with public, private, and nonprofit organizations in Houston and across the globe through study abroad.

A small school with a global vision, the Wiess School of Natural Sciences sees the universe as its laboratory. From hunting the smallest subatomic particles to investigating the unfathomable distances of the universe—and scientific inquiries at every scale in between—the goal at the heart of the School of Natural Sciences is discovery.

Natural Sciences is home to six departments: Biosciences; Chemistry; Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences; Kinesiology; Mathematics; and Physics and Astronomy, and many interdisciplinary programs and research centers and institutes. Its location in Houston—home to the largest medical complex in the world, NASA's Johnson Space Center, and the U.S. center of the energy industry—provides many opportunities for research and collaboration beyond the hedges for Natural Sciences faculty and students.

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. Seven years of fundraising experience with an institution of higher education is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree