Director of Development, Alumni and Planned Giving

Job Type

Full Time




516 West 168th Street
New York
New York
United States


Incumbent will report to the Senior Director of Development and will manage multi-level assignments, serve as internal and external development liaison to VP&S Alumni. As a vital member of the VP&S Alumni Development team incumbent will work closely with the Senior Director of Development to support planned giving and alumni fundraising. The incumbent will manage a portfolio of donors and prospects; develop strategies and cultivate relationships that lead to solicitation and stewardship of major gifts. Attention will be focused on building relationships with alumni who are non-donors; participate in prospect assessment and assignment processes. Knowledge of planned giving marketing, strategies and solicitation preferred. As a member of the team incumbent will recognize areas to be improved and suggest strategies and plans. Supervisory and management responsibilities as assigned; annually prepare objectives for the upcoming academic year.

Essential Functions

  1. Manage a portfolio of alumni, major gift donors and prospects. Develop strategies and cultivate relationships that lead to solicitation and stewardship of gifts of $50,000 and above. Includes local and national travel. Annually prepare objectives for the upcoming fiscal year (e.g. dollars to be raised, solicitations planned, and cultivation/stewardship activities). 40%
  2. Manage a Class Chair entering an Anniversary Reunion. Work in conjunction with alumni volunteers with a focus on innovative ways to encourage participation and giving. 15%
  3. Develop marketing plans, strategies and cultivation of relationships that lead to solicitation and stewardship of Planned Gifts. 40%
  4. Other duties and special projects as assigned. 5%

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a bachelor's degree, or equivalent, plus four years of related experience. Master's degree preferred. At least 4 years of progressively responsible experience in alumni fundraising or a related

field, preferably in a health care or higher education environment. Management and administrative skills required to motivate and manage volunteers to accomplish fundraising goals. Must work well independently and as a member of a team; handle simultaneously multiple deadline driven assignments. Must have the ability to write graceful and accurate prose under pressure as well as the ability to grasp complex material and present to a general audience. Ability to initiate, supervise, and complete projects and assignments under minimal supervision necessary. Excellent interpersonal, written, oral and analytical skills required. Advanced Microsoft Office skills preferred.

*Please note that all applicants must apply via the Columbia University website.


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree