Director of Major Gifts

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
May 25, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Director of Major Gifts

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
Northeastern University's College of Engineering is seeking a Director of Major Gifts. For more information:

Manage a portfolio of ~125 select major gift prospects, including alumni, friends, parents, and university leaders, with a focus on raising major gifts at the $100K to $1M+ level. Identify new prospects, establish cultivation and solicitation strategies, and ask for gifts. Work to achieve a high level of engagement from defined constituent group. Build and enhance constituent's relationship with Northeastern, involving them strategically in special programs and events, and connecting them to other university leaders and supporters. Create and lead new initiatives that provide meaningful and substantive engagement opportunities for the College of Engineering (COE). Accountable for individual travel & expense budget and appropriate spending for general administrative/daily operations items. Will work in collaboration with Assistant Dean of Development to maximize travel budget for COE development efforts.

  • Bachelor's Degree required.
  • The university is seeking a highly entrepreneurial, energetic individual who has 7-10 years of Development experience.
  • Candidates should have a proven track record in soliciting and closing major gifts and be able to demonstrate successful relationship building with institutional leaders.
  • Demonstrated ability in strategic planning for a comprehensive, sustained operation necessary to carry out the vision, goals, and fundraising aspirations of the University.
  • Tested ability to work closely with high-level decision makers, trustees, and other top-level volunteers.
  • Strong interpersonal skills necessary for building relationships with external (donors, prospects, trustees) and internal (deans, faculty, staff, colleagues) constituents.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Highly collaborative in approach.
  • Ability to travel frequently (including nights and weekends).

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Master's Degree preferred.

    Salary Grade:

    Additional Information:
    Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

    All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

    To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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