St. John’s University announces an opening for the position of Director of Development, School of Education. The Director is responsible for developing a fundraising strategy for the school working in collaboration with the academic dean. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Advancement, with dotted line reporting to the assigned school or college dean, the Director will cultivate and solicit major gift donors (including individuals, corporations, corporate foundations, and foundations), identify new prospects, and effectively manage relationships with key internal and external constituencies including the President and members of the President’s Advisory Council, members of the Board of Trustees and Board of Governors, school advisory board members, faculty, administrators, staff, students, volunteers and alumni to ensure that school or college fundraising goals are aligned with University-wide fundraising goals and strategic priorities.
The University: Founded in 1870, St. John’s University (www.stjohns.edu) offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The fall 2016 enrollment of 16,440 undergraduate students (including 4,644 high school students taking college credit) and 4,647 graduate students represents 46 states, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and 127 countries. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations and employs 1,491 faculty members (643 full-time and 848 part-time) and about 1,400 full-time and part-time administrators and staff. Campuses are located in Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island, New York, and Rome, Italy with an additional location in Oakdale, New York and study abroad locations in Seville, Spain and Paris, France. With its Division I athletics, the University offers 17 men’s and women’s programs and is a member of the Big East Conference. Many of SJU’s 178,000 living alumni reside within the New York City region providing ample opportunity to engage and grow our donor base. The market value of the University’s investment portfolio is $647.9 million as of May 31, 2016.
Duties and Responsibilities: In collaboration with the School Dean, the Director will develop fundraising strategies to cultivate and solicit assigned portfolio of donors and prospects, subsequently executing an individualized plan for each donor. The Director will create strong relationships with relevant academic units and gain a comprehensive understanding of their programs and opportunities for major gifts. The Director will manage the major gifts fundraising process with school individual donors and communicate regularly with the Associate Vice President for Advancement and the Dean on a timely basis to identify opportunities and challenges. Other duties may be assigned as appropriate.
Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree preferred. A minimum of 5 to 7 plus years fundraising experience, preferably in higher education, or comparable non-profit marketing experience with responsibilities for building relationships with individuals, corporations, foundations and other organizations. Knowledge of solicitation strategies, development, fundraising, philanthropy and/or nonprofit marketing is essential. A proven track record of accomplishment in securing substantial gifts is important. The candidate must possess a high level of motivation, initiative, flexibility and creativity with the ability to focus and prioritize while managing multiple tasks simultaneously to meet deadlines. He or she must also have excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and be willing to travel regularly on behalf of the University. The preferred candidates will possess a genuine commitment to the mission of St. John’s as a Catholic and Vincentian university.
Applications and Nominations: The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Applications should include a cover letter describing interest in the position and relevant experiences, curriculum vitae and three references. Electronic submission of materials is preferred.
St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
St. John’s offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John’s performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events.
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Founded in 1870, St. John’s is a Catholic and Vincentian university that prepares students for personal and professional success in today’s global society. The Princeton Review and other top rankings consistently recognize the University’s outstanding academics, dynamic internship and volunteer opportunities, focus on student life, and exciting study abroad offerings. Our quality springs from an i...nstitutional vision of excellence and service. Students come from nearly 50 states and close to 120 foreign countries to pursue more than 100 associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in the arts, business, education, law, pharmacy, the sciences, and specialized professional programs. The Red Storm is another big draw, embodying our 107-year-old tradition of men’s and women’s athletics. St. John’s has three residential New York City campuses; an academic center in Oakdale, NY; international campuses in Rome, Italy, and Paris, France; and study abroad locations in Seville, Spain, and around the world. We invite you to learn more about the advantages of the St. John’s experience.