Director of Development for Special Projects

Newark, DE
May 26, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Delaware

Job Title: Director of Development for Special Projects
Job ID: 104358
Location: Newark, DE

Director of Development for Special Projects (School of Public Policy and Administration)

The University of Delaware (UD) is currently in the silent phase of a comprehensive fundraising campaign. As part of this effort, the Office of Development & Alumni Relations is building a model fundraising infrastructure, one that will meet the growing needs of the University and support the University's strategic plan.

UD's School of Public Policy and Administration is in the top-tier of nationally ranked comprehensive public affairs programs that have diverse graduate and undergraduate programs as well as multiple research and public service centers. U.S. News currently ranks the School of Public Policy and Administration 45th overall out of 300 programs.

The newly created position of Director of Development for Special Projects (School of Public Policy and Administration) will lead major gift fundraising in support of the University's strategic commitment to elevating the existing strengths of UD's School of Public Policy and Administration. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Colleges and Programs and serving as the primary development liaison to the School, the Director will partner with development colleagues, University-wide partners and advisory board members associated with the School to engage donors, alumni, friends, parents, faculty, staff and students in a lifelong relationship while fostering a tradition of philanthropy.


The Director of Special Projects for the School of Public Policy and Administration will identify, cultivate and solicit individual prospects for the School and its related academic and co-curricular programming, with a focus on gifts of $100,000 or more; appropriately engage the President, Provost, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, faculty, staff, and center directors in the School of Public Policy and Administration in development activities and donor engagement; recommend and execute strategies for donor cultivation; coordinate stewardship reports and activities for assigned prospects with appropriate members of the administration and faculty; provide guidance to individual faculty members and center directors for editing and reviewing major gift proposals to individuals; and develop draft proposals and agreements for named initiatives and recognition opportunities for donors.


Bachelor's degree required; minimum of five years of progressively responsible fundraising job experience. Experience in major gift fundraising highly desirable, preferably in a university or college environment. Experience working with administrative and academic leaders across multiple disciplines. Requires strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with donors as well as campus partners. Ability to persuade and influence others. Ability to use independent judgment and to perform tasks on own initiative, many of which have no precedent. Possess strong self-motivation. Skill in developing and implementing new strategies and procedures. Ability to foster a cooperative work environment and to work effectively in a team setting. Ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse community. Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Skill in use of personal computers and related software applications. Local and domestic travel required.

This position is open until filled.

How To Apply

When applying please submit a one-page cover letter and your resume as one document. Also, please remember to provide names, addresses and telephone number of at least three references in the online application.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at


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