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Director - Major Gifts

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Jul 29, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement
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Director - 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:
Reporting directly to the Director of Development, Special Projects and the Dean of the College of Professional Studies, the Director of Major Gifts for the College of Professional Studies will work in collaboration with the Senior Vice President for University Advancement, Vice President for Development, Dean of the College of Professional Studies (CPS), and Advancement staff to develop fundraising initiatives targeted to special constituents who have the capacity to make significant gifts to CPS and across the university. Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter to

Manage a portfolio of 100+ select major gift prospects, including alumni, friends, and university leaders, with a focus on raising gifts at the $25K to $999K level. Identify new prospects, make discovery and qualification calls, establish cultivation and solicitation strategies, and solicit gifts. Work to achieve a high level of engagement from constituent groups. Build and enhance constituent relationships 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. Manage corporate and foundation relationships that have already been established. The College of Professional Studies serves as an incubator for new initiatives and educational entrepreneurship at the university. Serving students from the undergraduate through the doctoral level, the college is a leader in the provision of innovative degree programs for adults. Candidates should have a proven track record in soliciting and closing gifts, and be able to demonstrate successful relationship building with institutional leaders.

The University is seeking a highly entrepreneurial, energetic individual who has 7-10 years of progressive Development experience. Demonstrated ability in strategic planning for a comprehensive, sustained operation necessary to carry out the vision, goals and fundraising aspirations of the University. Proven success in fundraising. 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. Strong management skills. Ability to travel frequently (including nights and weekends). Bachelor's Degree required; Master's preferred.

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Additional Information:
Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter to Adele Mezher and Maeve Clifford, Managing Partners at Pearl Street Collective, are leading the search.

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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