Director of Development, Emerging Technologies and Innovation

Job Type

Full Time




79 Upper College Road
South Kingstown
Rhode Island
United States


Director of Development, Emerging Technologies and Innovation

The University of Rhode Island Foundation 

The Opportunity:

The URI Foundation is seeking an innovative and experienced development professional to serve as the Director of Development for Emerging Technologies and Innovation. Reporting to the Vice President for Development, the Director will lead and manage a strategic, comprehensive and proactive major gift program that reflects industry best practices and maximizes charitable contributions via comprehensive gifts. This position requires an entrepreneurial and a creative approach to fund raising to capitalize on collaborative academic opportunities across the University.

The Carothers Library and Learning Commons at URI serves as the University’s innovation hub. This position would be based at the Library and collaborate with innovation leaders in the College of Education and Professional Studies and other University partners. URI is committed to research and innovation to make new and original contributions to industry. The University values innovation in traditional STEM and in art, music, theater, film and more. The Director of Development would secure philanthropic support to strengthen and expand the work of faculty and student innovators.

This is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial and collaborative professional to contribute to the growth, evolution and maturation of URI’s development organization, and to optimize the philanthropic potential of the University’s alumni, parents and friends in an ambitious comprehensive campaign. The ideal candidate is self-motivated, driven, highly organized and entrepreneurial. A proven track record in securing major gifts at the $100,000+ level and navigating a complex University environment is highly preferred.


Director of Development leads, plans, and executes fundraising initiatives that support emerging technologies and innovation developed through the innovation hub in the University Libraries as well as the College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS). Strategic innovation initiatives include, but are not limited to, virtual reality classrooms and artificial intelligence labs and programs.

The Director of Development is expected to have a close working partnership with the Director for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The Director for Entrepreneurship and Innovation manages interdisciplinary, experiential initiatives, including URI Start-Up Program/Accelerator/Resource Center (SPARC) and (URI)2 that are focused on translating student and faculty experience into real-world economic and social impact. The Director of Development will also works closely with campus partners including the URI Foundation’s Corporate and Foundation Relations team, URI Research Foundation, Business Engagement Center and Office of Undergraduate Research and Innovation.

The Director cultivates and manages a portfolio of 125+ donors and prospective donors with the inclination and capacity to make significant major gifts to URI. This position is primarily focused externally on the prospecting and cultivation of high-end donors ($100,000+) and develops strategies to build and strengthen relationships with prospects and the University. The Director works closely and collaborates with the Deans and other Foundation staff to best support the University’s priorities and strategic initiatives through philanthropic giving.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Vice President for Development in expanding innovation priorities within the context of URI’s development program to contribute to the broader agenda for the University’s fundraising efforts in the current campaign and beyond. 

  • Develop and implement comprehensive cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for individual prospects assigned. Work both independently and in concert with senior officers, other colleagues, and volunteers to implement strategies including direct solicitation of gifts.

  • Promote maximum involvement with and giving to University Libraries and CEPS, including annual, capital, and planned gifts, from a portfolio of 125+ identified prospects.

  • Develop solicitation and closure strategies of major gifts aligned with innovation initiatives in University Libraries and CEPS and well as other University innovation priorities, measured against the attainment of personal metrics associated with the position.

  • Devise individualized involvement/engagement strategies for all prospects using a “top-down” approach to ensure that highest rated prospects receive the most attention.

  • Partner with the URI Foundation Gift Planning Office to devise an overall strategy for cultivating, soliciting and stewardship of planned gift donors.

  • Partner with the URI Foundation Executive Director of Annual and Parent Giving to devise an overall strategy for cultivating, soliciting and stewardship of parent donors.

  • Partner with the URI Foundation Associate Vice President, Principal Gifts to devise an overall strategy for cultivating, soliciting and stewardship of leadership donors.

  • Work closely with the Dean to clearly identify and communicate philanthropic priorities for University Libraries, and staff the Dean in his/her philanthropic contacts. 

  • Review and analyze the currently identified prospect pool to assess accuracy of research, and amend and expand as appropriate.

  • Advise the Dean on prospect management issues, challenges, and opportunities that affect the division’s effectiveness.

  • Schedule appointments and oversee the preparation of necessary materials, including funding proposals, briefings for senior officers and board members when necessary, and scheduled stewardship reports, for all assigned prospects. Identify prospects to participate in specific events, committees, or other programs that promote the cultivation process.

  • Partner with Donor Relations office to ensure the highest level stewardship is provided to donors on existing named funds.

  • Respond quickly and effectively to strategic opportunities for increased prospect engagement.

  • Participate in signature events at the University that provide opportunities for strategic engagement with prospects and donors, including but not limited to Homecoming Weekend, Distinguished Achievement Awards, Commencement and athletic events.


Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply



Forward letter of interest and resume to:

URI Foundation

Attn: Gerri Beagle, HR Manager

79 Upper College Road

Kingston, RI 02881