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Senior Director Development for the School of Engineering
Tufts University

Date Posted Jun. 21, 2023
Title Senior Director Development for the School of Engineering
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Development/Institutional Advancement


Tufts University Advancement Division seeks a dynamic, experienced developmental professional to serve as Senior Director for the School of Engineering.


Tufts University Advancement Division (UA) is a comprehensive development and alumni engagement enterprise with a staff complement of approximately 200 full time employees.  Units within UA include development/fundraising, alumni engagement, stewardship and donor relations, special events, gift processing, research and prospect management, gift planning, corporate and foundation relations, and information systems and management.  UA’s mission is to build strong relationships with Tufts University’s constituents, match donor interests with the University’s needs and priorities, and secure the financial resources necessary for Tufts to achieve excellence in teaching, research and scholarship.  The Division is strongly committed to serving the academic agenda of the University and creating a culture of philanthropy in the extended Tufts community.  Integrity, collegiality, diversity, accountability, mutual trust and respect for the individual, as well as the intentions of our donors, are the values that guide the work of the Division.


The University is ending a successful $1.5B campaign called Brighter World on June 30, 2023. 

What You'll Do

The School of Engineering at Tufts University


The School of Engineering (SOE) affords the opportunities of a top tier research university with the individual attention of a smaller liberal arts college. The SOE is prepared to meet future engineering challenges through its pioneering discoveries and inventions, industry-wide partnerships and research, engineering outreach programs, and superb education of both undergraduate and graduate students. Its commitment to excellence is exemplified by a nationally recognized, continually updated curriculum and a faculty whose research explores and extends beyond engineering theory and practice. Tufts engineers receive a solid foundation in the professional disciplines while developing the important leadership qualities of creativity, versatility, communication skills, and project teamwork.



The Senior Director of Development for the School of Arts and Sciences


Reporting to the Executive Director of University Advancement and working in partnership with the Dean of the School of Engineering, the Senior Director of Development for Engineering leads all aspects of the school’s fundraising program, including strategy, planning, and execution of Engineering development initiatives, and articulates the school’s needs and priorities in the context of the university’s mission and priorities.  In addition to directing the Engineering major gift team, the Senior Director oversees fundraising for the Parents Giving Program.  They also work closely with gift planning, corporate and foundation relations,  principal giving, and prospect management to expand philanthropic support for the school and the university.


The Senior Director will have primary responsibility for leveraging major gifts and will maintain a portfolio of individual major and leadership gift prospects.  


What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

• Knowledge and skills typically acquired through a bachelor’s degree and 10+ years of experience.
• Extensive knowledge in a leadership role in philanthropy.
• Proven track record in structuring proposal and securing major/leadership gifts in complex higher education environment
• Demonstrated experience in managing professional fundraising team
• Expert interpersonal and relationship building skills
• Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills

Preferred Qualifications:

• Strong knowledge of major gift and annual fund strategies.
• Demonstrated success in closing six figure and seven figure gifts.



Pay Range

Minimum $161,300.00, Midpoint $201,650.00, Maximum $242,000.00

Salary is based on related experience, expertise, and internal equity; generally, new hires can expect pay between the minimum and midpoint of the range.

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