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Director of Development, SMFA - University Advancement
Tufts University

Date Posted Feb. 23, 2022
Title Director of Development, SMFA - University Advancement
University Tufts University
United States
Department University Advancement
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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Tufts University Advancement Department has an opening for a Director of Development for the School of Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA). This position reports into the Senior Director of Development for the School of Arts and Sciences. This Director will oversee a team responsible for supporting fundraising efforts for the SMFA including raising both annual and major gifts, producing the annual Art Sale, and creating fundraising annual appeals.

The Director will:

  • Collaborate with the Senior Director to assess the potential growth of SMFA fundraising and develop and execute fundraising strategies for the SMFA.
  • Work with team members to create strategic plans for prospects that maximize the prospects' giving.
  • Oversee the annual SMFA Art Sale to ensure the continued success of this fundraising event.
  • Manage a portfolio and have primary responsibility for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gift and leadership annual fund prospective donors.
  • Collaborate, as appropriate, with colleagues in Gift Planning, the Parents Giving Program, the Annual Fund, and other departments within University Advancement to develop and implement comprehensive cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  • Plan and implement tailored events to engage donors and prospects in collaboration with special events, alumni engagement, and the Tufts Galleries.
  • Serve as a fundraising advisor to the Dean of the SMFA at Tufts and work with the Dean of the SMFA to develop fundraising priorities for the SMFA and to engage donors and prospects.
  • Manage in conjunction with the Director of the Tufts Galleries the Visual Arts Advisory Board, including the recruitment and management of volunteer leaders.
  • Develop and implement a fundraising marketing and communications plan in collaboration with university communications and marketing.
  • Work with staff members to manage budgets, guarantee the high-quality stewardship of donors, and ensure the proper processing and acknowledgment of gifts and pledges.
  • Manage a team providing necessary training and development opportunities and evaluation of their performance

What You'll Do

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and skills as typically acquired through a bachelor's degree and 7-10 years of related experience.
  • Extensive depth and breadth of knowledge and experience in philanthropy
  • Advanced interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Proven track record of structuring proposals and securing annual fund leadership gifts and major gifts
  • Experience managing or mentoring fundraising staff

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interest and/or knowledge of the arts.


An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.


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