Dallas, Pennsylvania
Jun 07, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Misericordia University, a Catholic, comprehensive, liberal arts university in Dallas, Pennsylvania, invites applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for the position of Director of Major Gifts. The new Director will join a committed advancement team during an exciting time in the University’s growth and progress including the Now for Tomorrow campaign.

The ideal candidate will be an accomplished fundraiser who has had progressive and successful development experience in major gifts with a record of success in personally soliciting major gifts and successful portfolio management. In this important work, the Director must have the ability to understand the needs and interests of new major donors in order to develop and nurture long-term relationships between them and the University.

The Director will be responsible for creating and implementing a robust plan for major gift fundraising including the identification of new major gift donors and constituents and attention to the re-engagement of past major gift leaders in the region and across the country. The advancement team seeks an individual with creative and forward-thinking approaches in the development of proposal strategies for solicitation of major gifts and portfolio management.

Leadership within the advancement team will be an integral part of the directorship. The Director will supervise, mentor, and work closely with the Leadership Gifts Officer to develop and implement the solicitation plan. In addition, this position will work seamlessly with the other Advancement Directors and Managers to ensure effective coordination and collaboration of effort with their programs and processes in order to re-invigorate and sustain the prospect relationship continuum.

Founded in 1924 by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, Misericordia University provides a quality education through programs and services shaped by the founding Sisters’ values of mercy, service, justice, and hospitality. Though a Catholic institution, Misericordia welcomes students, faculty, and staff from all faith backgrounds.

Ranked in the top tier of the U.S. News Best Regional Universities in the North and recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the Best in the Northeast, Misericordia’s College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, and College of Health Sciences and Education currently enrolls over 2100 undergraduates and 618 graduate students. The University offers 38 degree programs including baccalaureate and masters degrees, and applied doctorates in nursing practice, occupational therapy, and physical therapy as well as a host of minor and certificate programs. 

Located in a beautiful section of northeastern Pennsylvania, Misericordia’s 124-acre main campus and expanding lower campus feature two dozen well-maintained buildings and athletic facilities supporting 25 men’s and women’s NCAA Division III varsity sports. A part of the greater Wilkes-Barre and Scranton region, MU is about a two-hour drive from New York City and Philadelphia.

For further information and instructions to applicants, please visit:

For fullest consideration, applications should be received by July 25, 2018.

Nominations and inquiries are welcomed and should be directed to:

Melinda Leonardo, PhD

Executive Search Consultant

(919) 280-4901

[email protected]

Misericordia University is committed to student, faculty, and staff diversity and

values the educational benefit this brings to campus.