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Development Director (HEO) - Institutional Advancement

Hunter College
New York City, New York
Commensurate with education and experience.
Posted Date
Dec 2, 2022

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Development Director (HEO) - Institutional Advancement

Job ID 25162

Location:  Hunter College

Full/Part Time:  Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


The Development Director is a member of the Institutional Advancement senior management team, and directly reports to the President of Hunter College with a dotted line report to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement. This position will serve in a leadership role and strategically work to oversee the operations of the Development team. This position will also work closely with the Hunter College Foundation Board Members, Deans, faculty, administrators, and alumni in the planning and execution of the development program and related activities.
 Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Collaborating with the Vice President, to design and implement a comprehensive strategy to increase giving for all areas of fundraising, including annual giving, major and planned giving, and capital campaigns.
  • Developing detailed strategies and programs for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual and prospective donors; managing the groups responsible for such activities.
  • Developing an annual work plan that ensures the timely achievement of goals for fundraising, cultivation, and stewardship.
  • Developing, planning, and managing a variety of fundraising and cultivation events.
  • Overseeing the creation of solicitation and marketing materials to communicate fundraising needs.
  • Developing, articulating, and implementing a comprehensive communications plan that will inform all fundraising activities and priorities.
  • Establishing rapport with the President, Vice President, the Foundation Board, Provost, alumni, community leaders, faculty, staff, and volunteers to gain an understanding of the college's substantive priorities, and facilitating the translation of those priorities into development, marketing, and public relations initiatives that lead to cultivation and solicitation; subsequently leading teams in the development and implementation of these initiatives.
  • Overseeing the design and implementation of systematic donor and prospect research to support sound assessment of donors and prospects, and developing strategies designed to realize the current and lifetime giving potential of individual donors, leading to a stronger major gifts program.
  • Supervising and directing the fundraising staff.
  • Overseeing stewardship efforts to ensure that all donors are well-informed, acknowledged in meaningful ways, and appreciated in appropriate manner throughout the year.
  • Contributing to the overall success of the Institutional Advancement Department by completing other assigned duties.


Bachelor's Degree and eight years' related experience required.

Preferred Skills:

•    Positive and collaborative attitude when managing groups and overseeing initiatives
•    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
•    Strong organizational, time management and problem-solving skills
•    Demonstrated experience raising funds and examples of positive outcomes
•    Excellent attention to detail
•    Event planning capabilities
•    Donor and volunteer service mentality

Vaccine Requirement:

Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment. 


Directs College's fundraising strategy and administration of fund-raising programs.

- Designs, implements and monitors comprehensive resource development program

- Responsible for meeting specific goals and targets

- Develops funding strategies; assesses outcome of strategic plan

- Oversees a portfolio of annual and major gift prospects to establish and sustain ongoing relations

- Maintains relationships with donors and sponsoring organizations to cultivate and maintain funding

- Ensures reporting requirements are completed in timely and accurate manner

- Manages professional and clerical staff

- Performs related duties as assigned

Job Title Name: Development Director


Higher Education Officer




Salary commensurate with education and experience. ($83,878 - $141,858)

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development.  We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits, and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study, and generous paid time off.  Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


Applications must be submitted online by accessing the CUNY Portal on City University of New York job website To search for this vacancy, click on SEARCH ALL POSTINGS and in SEARCH JOBS field, enter the Job Opening ID number 25162
Click on the "APPLY NOW" button and follow the application instructions. Current users of the site should access their established accounts; new users should follow the instructions to set up an account. 
Please have your documents available to attach into the application before you begin. Note, the required material must be uploaded as ONE document under CV/ Resume (do not upload individual files for a cover letter, references, etc.). The document must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format- and name of file should not exceed ten (10) characters – also DO NOT USE SYMBOLS (such as accents (é, è, (â, î or ô), ñ, ü, ï , –, _ or ç)).
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please include:
- Cover Letter and/ or Statement of scholarly interests
- Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
- Names and contact information of 3 references
Upload all documents as ONE single file-- PDF format preferred.


The search will remain open until the position is filled. The committee will begin reviewing complete applications on December 21, 2022. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if the position/s remain open after initial round.


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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