Executive Director of National Development (job#8953)

Case Western Reserve University
Case Main Campus

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Job Title: Executive Director of National Development
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8953

The executive director of national development has a primary responsibility for providing leadership in implementing university fundraising initiatives. The incumbent raises major and leadership gifts ($100,000 to $5,000,000) and provides strategic oversight and management of the university’s major and leadership giving program. This position will require direct face-to-face cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, with the expectation that they will be traveling off campus for much of this function.

The executive director supervises a team of national development gift officers as well as recruits, trains, and partners with volunteers to raise major and leadership gifts for the university. This position will serve as a member of the senior development staff. As part of the university development team, the incumbent will be expected to work collegially, and in partnership, with central and school-based colleagues.



  1. Develop a portfolio of high potential major and leadership giving prospects with giving potential in the range of $100,000 to $5,000,000. Develop and implement strategic cultivation, solicitation and/or engagement strategies for each prospect to maximize major and leadership gifts to the university. (50%)Implement the university’s major and leadership giving strategy aimed to maximize the lifetime engagement and philanthropic support of CWRU’s most affluent donors and families. Supervise four senior directors of national development. Suggest areas of focus for leadership travel and prepare individuals for major and leadership gift solicitation. (30%)Recruit, train and manage volunteers as appropriate, who will actively participate in the soliciting of gifts of all levels. Partner with volunteers to engage and cultivate individuals who have capacity to make gifts of $100,000 to $5,000,000 to the university. (10%)Serve as a member of the senior development staff and assist with the development and implementation of program strategies and overall departmental development plans to fulfill the mission of the university. (10%)



Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned. (<1%)



Department: Daily contact with the associate vice president, executive directors, senior directors, director and other department and university relations and development staff as required to perform essential functions.

University: Daily contact with the president's office, vice presidents, deans, trustees, alumni, directors of administrative departments, faculty and staff as required to perform essential functions.

External: Contact with trustees, alumni, donors, friends of the university, vendors and volunteers as required to perform essential functions.

Students: Contact with students as required to perform essential functions.



Supervising a staff of four (4) senior directors.



Experience: 10 or more years of progressive professional experience in higher education administration, external relations, development, or related fields and a successful track record of closing six and seven figure major and leadership gifts.

Education/Licensing: Bachelor's degree required.



  1. Demonstrated ability to collaborate with all levels of staff, volunteers, board members, donors, and prospective donors.Demonstrated success cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual donors at the major and leadership gifts level. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.Demonstrated success implementing successful projects or initiatives with clear goals and objectives.Excellent oral and written communication skills.Strong interpersonal skills.Effective presentation skills.Experience organizing and managing volunteer organizations.Knowledge of the issues and opportunities facing higher education. Ability to deal with issues and cultures throughout the nation and beyond.Computer proficiency (including Microsoft Office) and the ability to learn new programs.Ability to meet consistent attendance.



General office environment, occasional nights, and weekend hours. Regular travel required.


Diversity Statement

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Reasonable Accommodations

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.



We invite interested, qualified applicants to browse our website at jobs.case.edu for job ID 8953.



Working at Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case Western Reserve is distinguished by its strengths in educationresearch, service and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland's University Circle, we offer nationally recognized programs in the arts and sciencesdental medicineengineeringlawmanagementmedicinenursing and social sciences.

Student enrollment exceeds 9,800 students, forty percent of whom are undergraduatesFacultyand students hail from more than 90 countries, with academic interests that reach every region of the world. Case Western Reserve, with the support of individuals, corporations and foundations, aids nearly 100 designated research centers.

As a service-oriented institution dedicated to civic leadership, Case Western Reserve seeks individually and collectively to prepare our students to improve the human condition and to direct the benefits of discovery toward a better society. This effort is not limited to the university's classrooms, laboratories, librariesresidence halls and athletic fields, but includes partnerships with many other institutions. We build these partnerships believing that our ability to improve the human condition should begin in our own community.

Case Western Reserve University remains Ohio's top-ranked school among the nation's premier national universities, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and is the only Ohio institution ranked in the top 50 nationally. We promote a culture of inquiry marked by rigor, creativity, curiosity, innovation, respect, sensitivity and open communication of ideas.

The university supports interdisciplinary partnerships in education and research with numerous faculty holding joint appointments in more than one Case Western Reserve school or department, as well as at neighboring institutions. These relationships launched many of the unique pairings of science, business and liberal arts into the centers and programs that enhance the undergraduate and graduate experience at the university. Our dual degree programs enrich the educational experience for those students who choose to balance the technical requirements of engineering or the sciences with a strong interest in the humanities.

With more than $375 million in research funding annually, the university attracts outstanding undergraduate and graduate students along with renowned faculty whose research has made significant contributions to the way we live and work. Case Western Reserve counts 15 Nobel laureates among our alumni and current and former faculty, including the first American scientist to ever receive the prize.

Our students' experiences in cultural institutions, clinics, social service agencies and industry are not viewed as “extra-curricular,” but create the learning experience that defines a Case Western Reserve education. The university's service programs in the Cleveland Municipal School District have impacted more than 145,000 students with more than 43 signature programs. The university has launched more than 580 community partnerships on the local, national and international levels. Annually the university sponsors Case for Community Day, an event where hundreds of Case Western Reserve employees and students lend their time and talent to targeted community development projects in the Greater Cleveland area.

Our alumni number more than 110,000 and constitute a “who's who” of every profession. Alumni represent one of the university's strongest resources, playing a vital role in campus life through their work as advisors, mentors, friends and advocates.

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