Assistant Director, Leadership Gifts

Princeton, NJ
May 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition # 2017-7540
Department Adv-Leadership Gifts
Category Alumni Relations and Development
Date Posted 6 months ago
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline


The Princeton University Office of Advancement secures philanthropic support for the University's highest priorities by engaging and stewarding Princeton's alumni, parents, and friends. We rely on strong partnerships with our volunteers and campus partners. Our strategy emphasizes the long view, honoring the relationships nurtured by those who came before us and empowering those who come after us to successfully build on our efforts.

*Multiple positions available*


As a member of the Capital Giving staff, the Assistant Director, Leadership Gifts or International is a frontline major gift officer responsible for successfully managing a portfolio of qualified potential donors within an assigned region who are capable of making gifts to Princeton of at least $100,000 or more.

The Assistant Director will manage a portfolio of between 125-150 qualified potential donors, develop long-term fundraising strategies for each assigned donor or those identified in the course of their work and in accordance with University fundraising priorities. The Assistant Director will effectively represent Princeton's mission and fundraising priorities to a variety of constituencies and stakeholders and as appropriate, engage senior administrators, faculty, trustees, and volunteers in the process of cultivating and soliciting potential donors to Princeton.


  • Bachelor's degree and at least three to five years of professional higher education development-related experience or related work experience.
  • A proven track record of successful major gift fundraising.
  • Strong familiarity with Princeton University and its mission.
  • Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to develop and foster relationships with people at all levels of an organization, and to collaborate and influence at a high level.
  • Evidence of self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and in teams, with high personal standards representative of Princeton's commitment to excellence.
  • Strong strategic planning and project management skills necessary to set and monitor progress against goals, to develop plans and timelines, and to measure success toward goals.
  • Discretion, good judgment, and commitment to keep confidential all data related to Princeton and its alumni and donors.
  • Ability to respond quickly to changing business needs and priorities. Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and to produce high-quality and compelling work product under tight deadlines. Ability to work with a high degree of flexibility in a highly-collaborative, fast-paced, goal-oriented environment.
  • Commitment to the Office of Development's mission of maximizing philanthropic support for Princeton University and to adhering to its guiding principles of High Performance, Innovation, Civility, and Collaboration.
  • Sense of humor is a plus.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

ADM, 060

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


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