Director of Development, School of Professional Studies

Job Type

Full Time




622 West 113th Street
New York
New York
United States


Reporting to the Associate Dean for External Affairs, the Director of Development (DOD) identifies, cultivates, and solicits (degree and non-degree) alumni and friends of the School of Professional Studies with the capacity to make gifts of $500,000 or more. SPS is expanding its development program and the director will help guide this effort and develop a pipeline. The Director is responsible for developing a portfolio of 150 prospects and moving them through the complete giving cycle: validation, engagement, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, and serves as a key member of a dynamic External Affairs team.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

•          Conducts a minimum of 150 personal visits annually to validate, cultivate and solicit prospects and close gifts. Completes a minimum of 25 major gifts and 25 leadership annual fund asks annually. There is also an expectation of 2 planned giving conversations for this position each year;

•          Works in a highly collaborative fashion, and in conjunction with colleagues, to engage faculty, staff, deans, gift officers and senior leadership;

•          Conducts regular validation meetings with prospects and alumni who have not been visited previously to help determine giving potential and opportunities for engagement. Designs and develops solicitation strategies;

•          Manages prospect relationships to enhance continued and increased support and attend events which facilitate contact with prospects;

•         Ensures maintenance of all records in the Advance database in a timely fashion; manages  

           annual funds.

•          Facilitate and oversee the participation of a variety of SPS stakeholders (alumni, students,  

           Faculty, and staff) in the Alumni Fund, including Giving Day, as well as other university-

           wide development initiatives.

•          Prepares solicitation materials, including proposals and executive summaries;

•          Meets with administrators and faculty to understand SPS’s priorities and attend regularly-scheduled team meetings to track and discuss major gift prospects.

•          Partners with the Associate Dean for Institutional Advancement and the Advancement team to develop strategies to engage alumni and prospects.

•          Performs other related tasks and special projects as required.


Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred. A minimum of 5 years of fundraising or related development experience is required. Computer proficiency (Word, Excel, Power Point) required. Some evenings required. Must have a demonstrated success in achieving fundraising goals and managing high-level donor relationships. Possess a proven ability to present complex information in a clear and compelling manner is essential. The capacity to clearly comprehend and communicate SPS’s mission and ongoing initiatives is required. Prior experience in a not for profit, or similarly complex organizations preferred.

Demonstrated ability to work in a high pressure, fast-paced environment. Demonstrated excellence in a variety of competencies including: project management, teamwork, analytical thinking, and client/customer awareness. Must possess the ability work with changing priorities and multiple projects.

Excellent analytical, organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including a high level of attention to detail and active listening skills. Must be able to problem-solve and troubleshoot, in addition to the ability to work independently in a dynamic team environment. Demonstrated ability to effectively partner with a diverse group of administrators and academic leaders. Must be able to negotiate issues, resolve problems and have strong influencing skills. The successful candidate must be a strategic thinker, effective in moving strategic agendas, politically savvy, ensure the utmost discretion in all matters, as well as possess an ability to work well with all levels of management, both internally and externally, be flexible in nature, have a sound judgment with a collaborative style that fosters teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization. Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.


Medical, Dental, Retirement, Life Insurance, Disability, Paid Time Off, Tuition etc.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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