Director of Development, Friedman School and HNRCA-(17001664)
The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University is the most renowned graduate school of nutrition in North America. The Friedman School educates tomorrow's leaders and affects change today with research and programs spanning from cell to society: bench science; community interventions; food, agriculture and nutrition policy; and humanitarian assistance programs. The Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging is the largest research institution in the world studying the links between nutrition and healthy aging.
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations serves both by seeking to develop, nurture and maintain substantive relationships with the school's alumni, students, corporate/foundation contacts, parents and friends in order to raise the significant philanthropic funds needed to meet their capital and annual fund needs.
The Director of Development is a key member of the Friedman/HNRCA development team and plays a vital role in the department's achievement of its fundraising goals. The Director of Development will oversee the department's alumni relations and annual giving programs, and manage a portfolio of major gift prospects.
S/he will supervise the Associate Director of Alumni Relations, who manages alumni relations programs, including activities and events spearheaded by the Friedman School Alumni Association. S/he will supervise the Director of Annual Giving, overseeing all annual fund activities, including direct marketing and volunteer-led programs. S/he will build and manage a portfolio of donors and prospects, scheduling meetings throughout the year to qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward those individuals, with the goal of increasing donor engagement and support. In this capacity, s/he will also participate in the management of fundraising boards and committees, including the recruitment and management of volunteer leaders. As a part of the school's development team, s/he will also work with staff members to manage budgets, guarantee the high-quality stewardship of donors, ensure the proper processing and acknowledgment of gifts and pledges, and implement additional strategies to introduce new friends to the school.
7 years of progressively responsible development experience – including staff management, volunteer management, and leadership annual and/or major gift solicitations – working for a healthcare institution, academic medical center, scientific research organization, or higher education institution.
Valid U.S. Driver's License.
Strong knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and some experience working with complex databases.
Strategic planning/execution experience is required, as are superior written and verbal communication skills.
Must have strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks.
The Director will have the stature and proven ability to develop relationships with alumni, school administrators and volunteers. S/he will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills – combined with intellectual curiosity and capacity – and the ability to synthesize the information into articulate and compelling cases for support of priority programs.
S/He will also possess a collaborative style that fosters effective partnerships with colleagues throughout University Advancement.
The Director will know how to creatively engage and motivate colleagues, volunteers, donors, and prospects in fundraising, while inspiring confidence with internal and external constituencies.
S/He will also have experience recruiting and managing volunteers as well as managing staff to ensure they set and meet performance objectives.
The Director will bring significant experience in the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of leadership annual and/or major gifts, ideally within a complex healthcare institution, academic medical center, scientific research organization, or higher education institution.