Executive Director of Development

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jul 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Founded in 1869, Chatham University is a fully coed institution with an enrollment of over 2,200 students and over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence:  sustainability; health & lab sciences; business & communication; and the arts & humanities.  Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson (Class of '29), and is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been selected as one of the Top 50 Green Colleges by The Princeton Review; ranked in the top five nationally for sustainability achievements in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS); and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places "contributing to Pittsburgh's transformation into a destination for green living."

Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the world's first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus.  Consistently ranked as a best college by U.S. News & World Report in the Regional Universities North category, Chatham consists of the School of Health Sciences; the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment; the School of Arts, Science and Business; and the College for Continuing & Professional Studies.

To help support the work of the University we have an immediate opening for an Executive Director of Development. The Executive Director of Development reports to the Vice President for University Advancement.

The Executive Director of Development holds responsibility for all aspects of development management.  The ED will report directly to the Vice President for University Advancement, and will supervise Annual Giving, Individual Giving/Donor Relations and Corporate/Foundation/Government Relations.  The ED will hold a portfolio primarily of corporate, foundation and government prospects and will be responsible for managing the overall fundraising goal for CFG as well as overseeing fundraising success of Individual Giving and Annual Giving. S/he also coordinates closely with the Alumni Relations and Advancement Services areas of Advancement. This position is primarily an “internal” management position that will manage a portfolio of corporate, foundation and government prospects.

Job Summary/Essential Functions:

Develop and implement fundraising strategies and goals for the cultivation and solicitation of prospects in the execution of the last phase of the $100 million Campaign.  This includes a comprehensive fundraising program to acquire major, annual and planned gifts in addition to gifts from local and national corporate, foundation and government prospects.  Along with the VP, coordinate campaign-related activities with the campaign committee and other volunteers.  Provide leadership to Annual, Individual Giving, and Corporate/Foundation/Government staff, creating fundraising goals and strategies and providing support and direction in creating prospect lists and portfolio assignments.  Track staff progress and assist them in prioritizing tasks to meet desired outcomes.  Coordinate work with Alumni Relations to ensure that both fundraising and alumni relations staff are working together on an events plan, including the Alumni Weekend and Reunion program.  Work with the Executive Director of Alumni Relations to coordinate the work of the Director of Graduate Alumni Relations and Giving.  Work closely with the Office of Finance and Administration on grants administration, compliance and other details pertaining to follow-up and reporting functions.


Advanced degree preferred.  8-10 years of advancement experience at a senior management level.  Extensive grant writing and grant management experience preferred with federal grants experience a plus.  Ability and experience with donor management systems and ability and willingness to travel on occasion.

Interested candidates should visit www.chatham.edu/careers and follow the instructions to complete the application process. To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter addressing the qualifications of the position, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Chatham University offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package, including tuition remission for qualified personnel, and a generous retirement plan.

Chatham University is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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