Director of Major Gifts, College of Professional Studies

Northeastern University

Director of Major Gifts, College of Professional Studies

Requisition Number: STFR004385

Division/College: College of Professional Studies

Location: Boston Main Campus

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time


Reporting directly to the Director of Development, Special Projects and the Dean of the College of Professional Studies, the Director of Major Gifts for the College of Professional Studies will work in collaboration with the Senior Vice President for University Advancement, Vice President for Development, Dean of the College of Professional Studies (CPS), and Advancement staff to develop fundraising initiatives targeted to special constituents who have the capacity to make significant gifts to CPS and across the university.
Manage a portfolio of 100+ select major gift prospects, including alumni, friends, and university leaders, with a focus on raising gifts at the $25K to $999K level. Identify new prospects, make discovery and qualification calls, establish cultivation and solicitation strategies, and solicit gifts. Work to achieve a high level of engagement from constituent groups. Build and enhance constituent relationships with Northeastern, involving them strategically in special programs and events, and connecting them to other university leaders and supporters. Create and lead new initiatives that provide meaningful and substantive engagement opportunities. Manage corporate and foundation relationships that have already been established.
The College of Professional Studies serves as an incubator for new initiatives and educational entrepreneurship at the university. Serving students from the undergraduate through the doctoral level, the college is a leader in the provision of innovative degree programs for adults.
Candidates should have a proven track record in soliciting and closing gifts, and be able to demonstrate successful relationship building with institutional leaders.


- The University is seeking a highly entrepreneurial, energetic individual who has 7-10 years of progressive Development experience.
- Demonstrated ability in strategic planning for a comprehensive, sustained operation necessary to carry out the vision, goals and fundraising aspirations of the University.
- Proven success in fundraising.
- Tested ability to work closely with high-level decision makers, trustees and other top-level volunteers.
- Strong interpersonal skills necessary for building relationships with external (donors, prospects, trustees) and internal (deans, faculty, staff, colleagues) constituents.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Highly collaborative in approach.
- Strong management skills.
- Ability to travel frequently (including nights and weekends)
- Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s preferred.

Additional Information:

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: [email protected]

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.


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