Director For Major Gifts

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About Hofstra:

Hofstra University is a nationally ranked and recognized private university in Hempstead, N.Y. that is the only school to ever host three consecutive presidential debates (2008, 2012 and 2016). At Hofstra, students get the best of both worlds. Our campus is a leafy oasis just a quick train ride away from New York City and all its cultural, recreational and professional opportunities. We offer small classes and personal attention, with the resources, technology and facilities of a large university. Students can choose from more than 160 undergraduate program options and 165 graduate program options in the liberal arts and sciences, education, health professions and human services, the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs, the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Hofstra University is a dynamic community of more than 11,000 students from around the world who are dedicated to civic engagement, academic excellence and becoming leaders in their communities and their careers.


Reporting to the Vice President for Development, the Director for Major Gifts will be responsible for managing her/his own portfolio of prospects with a clearly defined financial goal. Additionally, the Director will serve as a liaison to at least one of the University’s schools and colleges, working with the dean and an advisory board to grow fundraising efforts and alumni outreach. The Director will work independently and in coordination with the Alumni Affairs and Special Events division of the Office for Development, as well as with at least one dean and other university offices and divisions. The Director should be a seasoned professional in major gift fundraising and constituent relations.


Bachelor's Degree required. A minimum of 5 years of progressive fundraising experience, preferably in higher education, with a proven track record of major gift solicitations and volunteer management. Must have experience in prospect cultivation, one-on-one solicitation and prospect stewardship. Must have demonstrated knowledge of fundraising principles, effective interpersonal and organizational skills, and an ability to work with diverse constituencies with professionalism and diplomacy, and be adept in managing multiple projects under demanding deadlines. Candidates must also possess exceptional verbal and interpersonal skills and strong writing ability, solid organizational abilities, and a commitment to the mission of the university. 

Must be able to travel and to work early mornings, evenings, and weekends as needed, and be proficient in computer applications; knowledge of Banner Systems is a plus.

Application Instructions:

For consideration, please send résumé, cover letter, salary requirement to:

Alan Kelly
Vice President for Development 
And Alumni Affairs
Hofstra University
101 Hofstra University
102C Hofstra Hall
Hempstead, New York 11549
Email: [email protected]

Hofstra University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering diversity in its faculty administrative staff and student body, and encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community.





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Posted: 5/15/2018
Application Due: 7/14/2018
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