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Job ID: 183636

Director of Development
Tufts University

Date Posted Apr. 12, 2022
Title Director of Development
University Tufts University
Boston, MA, United States
Department The Trustees of Tufts College
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Development/Institutional Advancement


The Tufts University Advancement Division is dedicated to supporting the mission of Tufts by strengthening relationships that inspire loyalty and support for Tufts. Advancement is fully in service to the academic agenda of the university and works in close collaboration with the President, Provost, and Deans and academic leadership to ensure that the university’s teaching and research missions receive the support of alumni, parents, friends, and organizations.


What You'll Do

Tufts University Advancement Department has an opening for a Director of Development for the School of Medicine. This position reports into the Senior Director of Development and Alumni Engagement for the School of Medicine. This Director will lead the major gift fundraising team at Tufts University School of Medicine, focusing on securing major gifts from alumni, parents, and other individuals.

The Director will:

• Collaborate with the Senior Director to shape and implement the major gift fundraising strategy for the School of Medicine, identifying appropriate goals for individuals and programs.
• Work closely with physicians, scientists, and development colleagues in Gift Planning, Annual Fund, and Corporate and Foundation Relations to identify new prospects, and develop innovative strategies to effectively cultivate, solicit, and steward those prospects to maximize their giving potential.
• Manage a portfolio of donors and prospects that have a capacity to make major gifts in support of Tufts University School of Medicine, with significant domestic travel required to manage prospects nationally.
• Prepare appropriate contact reports, proposals and gift agreements for all prospects, develop briefings and support materials for meetings with the Deans and faculty, and collaborate with Donor Relations colleagues to provide high quality stewardship to all donors. 
• Serve as a fundraising advisor to the Dean of the Public Health and Professional Degree Program and work with the Dean to develop fundraising priorities, goals, and articulate and compelling cases for support to engage donors and prospects.
• Manage a team to work collaboratively as medical school major gift fundraisers, motivating team members to meet key metrics and financial goals, and monitoring all progress towards financial and strategic goals.
• Provide necessary training, development opportunities, and guidance to team members, and evaluate their progress towards goals.



What We're Looking For

Minimum Qualifications:
• Knowledge and skills as typically acquired through a bachelor's degree and 7-10 years of related experience
• Proven track record of identifying, cultivating, and soliciting prospects, and structuring proposals and securing major gifts
• Extensive depth and breadth of knowledge and experience in philanthropy
• Advanced interpersonal and relationship building skills
• Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills


Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience working in a complex organizational environment with multiple stakeholders
• Demonstrated experience leading and motivating fundraising staff
• Familiarity with gift planning vehicles
• Experience in donor management software
• Interest in and/or knowledge of health, medical research, or public health fundraising

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