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Senior Program Director, Strategic Initiatives Duke University - Office of University Development

Position Summary Duke University Development is widely recognized among its peers as a leader in the field of interdisciplinary or "strategic initiative" fundraising. This model for fundraising -one that extends beyond schools, units, and departments to support ideas that reside at the intersection of academic disciplines - has helped strengthen Duke's position as a university deeply committed to interdisciplinarity, globalization, and knowledge in the service of society. Investments in these priorities have allowed Duke to attract some of the world's finest faculty, build first-rate facilities, launch model interdisciplinary institutes and global partnerships, and engage the minds of a new generation of students. The Senior Program Director serves as the chief development liaison for the Margolis Center for Health Policy and as a senior advisor to the Duke Global Health Institute development team. S/he is responsible for partnering in the development and implementationof comprehensive fundraising programs that advance giving to each area. Reporting to the Senior Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives, s/he will work closely with Margolis and DGHI leadership teams and with frontline fundraisers in University Development, Duke Health Development, and professional and graduate school development offices to communicate fundraising priorities and ensure that they are represented in conversations with individual, corporate, and foundation prospects. S/he maintains robust knowledge of the work of each area, their goals and partnerships, and serves as a resource for gift officers working with prospective donors. As a key member of the Strategic Initiatives team, the Senior Program Director also assists the Strategic Initiatives team in developing and implementing departmental strategies and best practices and leads special projects as needed. The ideal candidate is an accomplished administrative manager with significant higher education fundraising experience and an aptitude for understanding organizational dynamics and vision. S/he must be able to work collaboratively with partners across the university while successfully advocating for and advancing program goals. S/he must have the ability to resolve diverse problems independently, know how to create consensus among disparate parties, and manage complex logistics for a variety of stakeholders across Duke University and Duke Health. S/he must have the ability to understand the big picture, communicating how a desired strategy or objective fits in to the overall vision and mission of the organization. Strong interpersonal skills honed through cultivation and maintenance of stakeholder relationships is also essential.


Fundraising (50%) - Work with Margolis and DGHI leadership teams and the Strategic Initiatives team to develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising program. This might include but is not limited to: - Identifying, articulating, and regularly evaluating a comprehensive set of giving priorities - Serving as a development point of contact for prospect engagement inquiries from University/Health-wide fundraisers and collaborating with these fundraisers on the identification and cultivation of prospects and donors - Developing and maintaining prospect lists, qualifying and adding prospects as they emerge and communicating these with appropriate fundraisers, concentrating strategy on prospects with high capacity and affinity as well as emerging interest - Partnering with University Development and Duke Health Development fundraising staff to develop content, assist in developing proposals, and strategizing visits to advance gift discussions - Identifying stewardship needs and develop improved processes to address them Margolis: communicating with donors about the impact of their gifts; ensuring recognition and appreciation of donors in events and communications DGHI: assist Director of Development and Major Gifts in stewardship strategy for major donors and prospects - Collaborate with Margolis and DGHI teams to prepare and update development collateral for fundraisers such as giving opportunities or impact reports

Board and alumni relations (25%) - as needed - Staff the Margolis Center for Health Policy Board of Advisors including but not limited to the following activities: communications (collectively and with individual members); recruitment and membership; developing meeting agenda and coordinating the development of meeting content. - Work with leadership to design and plan other efforts to engage alumni and other stakeholders. - Advise the Director of Development and Major Gifts, DGHI and DGHI leadership in preparation and planning for DGHI Board of Advisors meetings

Coordination and administration (25%) - Represent Margolis in meetings across Duke University and Duke Health concerning strategies for top prospects. - Serve in an advisory capacity to DGHI leadership and development team concerning fundraising strategy - Assume a leadership and/or project management role on the SI team in aid of departmental work - Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications - Fundraising experience required, 5-7 years minimum, higher education preferred - High level of comfort with ambiguity and an ability to respond to change and commit to decisions under pressure - Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and strategically with diverse constituencies to achieve shared success - Capacity to influence and/or guide others toward achieving a goal or solving a problem - Strong customer service orientation - Excellent oral and written communication skills - Team player - Strong sense of organizational awareness and ability to use this to achieve objectives - Ambition, creativity, and resourcefulness - Attention to detail and follow-through - Ability to work independently with minimal supervision - A commitment to continuous learning - Project and data management skills - Proficiency in MS Office Suite programs Education Work requires communications, analytical and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program. Experience Work requires the ability to plan and administer programs and direct program activities within a specific functional area, generally acquired through a minimum of five-seven years of progressively responsible experience, preferably in an academic environment. Extensive knowledge of fundraising. Experience in higher education preferred.

Interested Applicants Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected] Please put "Senior Program Director - Special Initiatives" in the subject line.

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Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employercommitted to providing employment opportunity without regard to anindividual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, genderidentity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex,sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation,creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robustexchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity ofour perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achievethis exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feelsecure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals arerespected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our communityhave a responsibility to uphold these values.
Essential Physical Job Functions:Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System mayinclude essential job functions that require specific physical and/ormental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests forreasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Work requires communications, analytical and organizational skillsgenerally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program.


Work requires seven years experience in alumni affairs, publicrelations, fund raising, sales and promotions, marketing or a relatedfield in order to acquire skills necessary to administer, coordinateand/or participate in general fund raising activities and proposaldevelopment.OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

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Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.





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Posted: 12/18/2018
Application Due: 2/16/2019
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