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Executive Director - University Advancement
Tufts University

Date Posted Feb. 23, 2022
Title Executive Director - University Advancement
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department University Advancement
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Development/Institutional Advancement


Tufts University Advancement division seeks a dynamic, experienced Development professional to serve as an Executive Director, University Advancement with a focus on health sciences and corporate and foundation relations.

The Tufts University Advancement Division (UA) is a development and alumni relations enterprise with approximately 200 full-time employees. Units within UA include development/fundraising, alumni engagement, donor relations and stewardship, special events, gift processing, research and prospect management, and information systems and management. UA' mission is to build strong, lifelong relationships with Tufts University' constituents, match donors' interests with the University' 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, creating a culture of philanthropy in the extended Tufts community, and pursuing excellence and best practices in its work. 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 Division' work.

Reporting to the Vice President for Development, the Executive Director of University Advancement is a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT). The Executive Director directly oversee the development and alumni engagement functions for the health sciences professional schools and corporate and foundation relations. They will work in close partnership with the VP and other members of the SMT to successfully undertake the strategic planning, design, and implementation of all fundraising and alumni engagement programs and initiatives, helping to ensure the alignment of the Division's goals, objectives, and resources with the strategic and academic priorities of the University.

What You'll Do

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and skills as typically acquired through a bachelor's degree and 10+ years of experience.
  • Successful track record in a management/leadership role in philanthropy, preferably in a higher education environment. Experience working in a complex organizational environment with multiple stakeholders.
  • Strong knowledge of institutional advancement enterprise with a deep understanding of major gift and annual giving strategies.
  • Expert relationship building skills, with a demonstrated ability to build a culture of trust and develop effective teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills with proven negotiation skills.
  • Exceptional verbal, written and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated experience leading, motivating and assessing high performing teams.
  • Significant experience identifying, cultivating and soliciting individual and organizational prospects.
  • Demonstrated success in closing leadership and seven figure principal gifts.


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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