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Senior Director Development and Alumni Relations - Fletcher School
Tufts University

Date Posted Oct. 16, 2023
Title Senior Director Development and Alumni Relations - Fletcher School
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Development/Institutional Advancement
    Alumni Relations


For more than 85 years, The Fletcher School at Tufts University has worked to educate and prepare individuals for positions of national and international leadership and influence. Through a deep and multifaceted understanding of the world’s most pressing challenges, and with the guiding principles of mutual benefit, security, and justice, our community endeavors to maintain the stability and prosperity of the complex and increasingly global society of the 21st century.


The University Advancement Division (UA) is a comprehensive development and alumni relations enterprise with a staff complement of approximately 200 FTE.  Functional units within UA include development/fundraising, alumni relations, stewardship and donor relations, advancement communications, special events, gift processing, research, prospect management, gift planning, corporate and foundation relations, information systems and management and infrastructure services.  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 to 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.

What You'll Do

The Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations provides strategic leadership to school deans and senior management in development of goals, strategies and priorities for comprehensive fundraising and alumni/constituent relations programs in a school or major unit. Directs prospect qualification, cultivation and solicitation plans through professional fundraising staff. Manages fundraising activities and programs in the areas of major/principal and annual giving, stewardship, gift planning, alumni relations and special events. Manages fundraising and alumni/constituent relations and/or annual giving staff, including making hiring decisions, managing performance and development opportunities, and ensuring proper staffing levels. Leads strategy and activities of volunteer leadership to achieve goals. Oversees budget and productive deployment of resources. Accountable for meeting fundraising goals and managing a portfolio of approximately 65 - 75 prospects depending on management responsibilities.

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:


  • Knowledge & Skills as Typically Acquired Through Bachelor's Degree and 10 plus years of related experience.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in a leadership role in philanthropy
  • Expert interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Proven track record of structuring proposals and securing major/leadership gifts in complex higher education environment
  • Demonstrated experience in managing professional fundraising teams

Pay Range

Minimum $149,800.00, Midpoint $187,250.00, Maximum $224,700.00

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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