The Director of Development (DoD) leads major gift efforts for UNH College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS), strengthening a high caliber fundraising program that reflects the Universityâs culture, mission, goals, and evolving strategic plans. In these efforts, the DoD will work collaboratively and transparently with academic leadership, advancement colleagues, board members, senior leadership, faculty, staff, students, and alumni. They will strengthen the CEPS major gift teamâs systems and structures for planning and decision making around development and participate in an ongoing institution-wide conversation about the vision, strategy, and goals for CEPS fundraising. The director will provide effective motivation and mentoring to junior staff, embracing diversity and possessing the management acumen to leverage the teamâs existing capacity while strengthening performance to drive goal-oriented outcomes. The director will instill a heightened level of engagement for prospects, donors, parents, alumni, student athletes and other stakeholders within the UNH community, preparing for the next phase of the Universityâs fundraising and alumni engagement expansion. As a member of the Development Office senior management team, the DoD partners closely with dynamic advancement and CEPS leadership. The incumbent sets the tone for high achievement of audacious goals that align with the UNH ethos of innovation and renewal.
Minimum of five years of experience in fundraising, sales, business development, account/relationship management, marketing and/or public relations.Demonstrated strength at partnering with CEPS leadership to move CEPS fundraising program forward.Proven success in managing a major gift portfolio and closing major gifts.Demonstrated prowess supporting and translating the vision and direction of institutional leadership into actionable plans, goals, and strategies.Orientation as a team player who champions efficiency while thinking audaciously about future team goals.A metrics-driven, entrepreneurial mindset that thinks big and informs strategy and work.A bachelorâs degree and, preferably, a masterâs degree.Proven success leading a disciplined moves management strategy with a portfolio of major gift prospects.Reputation for collegiality, collaboration, and utmost professionalism.Success soliciting and closing principal and major gifts, blended gifts, and estate and planned gifts.Familiarity with estate planning instruments, products, principles, and marketing programs, and success integrating gift and estate planning into a comprehensive major gifts program.Thorough knowledge of development principles and a record of accomplishment in managing a major gift program.Experience collaborating with academic and administrative leadership to define strategic projects and initiatives, drafting strong cases for support, developing engagement experiences and events.Respect and support for reporting structures and lines of communication.A high level of professional maturity, judgment, and decisiveness to motivate fellow staff and volunteers, and to inspire confidence among donor prospects.Very strong verbal and written communication skills, organizational and analytical skills, and project management skills.Experience with board volunteer management and the ability to maintain a high level of diplomacy.Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.Openness to travel on behalf of UNH for donor visits or as the Universityâs representative.An advocate for diversity.Proficiency in fundraising database technologies and Microsoft Office.
The University of New Hampshire is an R1 Carnegie classification research institution providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is convenient to New Hampshire's lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs. The University actively promotes a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.