Director of Major Gifts - School/College Fundraising

Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York

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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 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. Hofstra University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, administrative staff and student body. We especially encourage women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, veterans and people with disabilities to apply.


Reporting to the Vice President for Development, the Director for Major Gifts will be responsible for managing their own portfolio of prospects with clearly defined goals. 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 and volunteerism.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Develops and manages a portfolio of parent prospects to raise major gifts to benefit the University.
• Creates, implements, and oversees a comprehensive and systematic major giving program to identify, cultivate, and solicit donors and prospects.
• Works collaboratively with colleagues in Alumni Affairs and Development including with University partners, donor relations, Trusts, Estate and Gift Planning.
• Corresponds and visits with prospects, donors, and their advisors.
• Develops and implements projects/programs aimed at bringing new major donor prospects into the pipeline and through giving cycle; including, but not limited to high level cultivation programs and events.


• Bachelor’s degree required.
• Minimum of five (5) years of progressive fundraising experience, preferably in higher education.
• Demonstrated track record of major gift solicitations and volunteer management.
• Demonstrated ability to cultivate, solicit and prospect stewardship.
• Possess knowledge of fundraising principles.
• Effective interpersonal and organizational skills and strong writing ability.
• Ability to work with diverse constituencies with professionalism and diplomacy.
• Adept at managing multiple projects under time sensitive deadlines.
• Ability to travel and work early mornings, evenings, and weekends as needed.
• Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel.

Application Instructions:

For consideration, please send résumé, cover letter, and salary requirement to:
Alan J. Kelly
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Hofstra University
101 Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York 11549
[email protected]

Please indicate “Director for Major Gifts – Parent Fundraising” in the subject line.


Working at Hofstra University

Hofstra University is a dynamic private university where students will benefit from large-university resources and thrive within a small college atmosphere.  At Hofstra, students can choose from 155 undergraduate and 170 graduate program options within the Frank G. Zarb School of Business; Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs; School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts; School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University and Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies at Hofstra University; Hofstra University Continuing Education; Honors College; Lawrence Herbert School of Communication; Maurice A. Deane School of Law; School of Education; School of Engineering and Applied Science; and School of Health Professions and Human Services. Students also benefit from small classes (student-to-faculty ratio of 13-to-1 and an average undergraduate class size of just 21 students), flexible schedules, and close proximity to the cultural and networking aspects of New York City.

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