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Director of Development

Rice University
Houston, Texas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 31, 2024

Job Details

To be considered for the Director of Development opportunity at Rice University, please submit your resume and cover letter in confidence to Paradigm Advancement Group at with the subject line: Director of Development at Rice University.

Position Summary

With two positions available, and responsible for planning and implementing an integrated approach to development that maximizes philanthropic support with all donor constituencies in a geographic region of the US, specifically the northeast or the southeast, the Director of Development reports to the Executive Director of Development for the regional major gift program. This position has overall responsibility for the major gift fundraising efforts within the region. Specific responsibilities include the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major donor prospects capable of gifts at the $100K to $4.9M level. The role will require extensive travel and will involve building a strategic plan for the region, integrating cultivation of prospects by the President, Provost, Deans and other high-level partners. The Director of Development is also responsible for developing and executing the fundraising strategy for his/her own portfolio.

The ideal candidate is an entrepreneurial quick starter with a demonstrated track record of securing major gift commitments and has a proven ability to refine and actualize campaign priorities in conjunction with key academic partners and administration.

This position currently has a hybrid work arrangement, with a minimum of two days per week in the office. Consideration will be given to candidates who will live and work in the assigned geographic region, with a requirement to be on campus once a month for team meetings, as well as other times for key meetings and campus.

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Five years of related professional fundraising experience at the $50K level with demonstrated success at the $100K level, and demonstrated success in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major individual gifts
  • Skills Required
    • Ability to develop and initiate new strategies
    • Advanced problem solving skills
    • Strong verbal and written communications skills
    • Ability to work well under pressure and manage projects simultaneously
    • Strong organizational and time management skills
    • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
    • Strong data analysis skills
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet expected deadlines and schedules
    • Adept at problem solving, creating contingency plans and handling issues when necessary
    • Strong client service orientation and attention to detail
    • Strong attention to detail and ability to quickly understand and remember details about alumni/donors and projects to which they are assigned
Essential Functions
  • Develops and manages a portfolio of major gift prospects through the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors with an emphasis on $100,000+ gifts
  • Identifies fundraising priorities and devises plans and strategies to accomplish goals
  • Works collaboratively with faculty and development colleagues in support of fundraising initiatives
  • Collaborates on development-related communications and events
  • Performs all other duties as assigned
Additional Functions
  • Travel is required for this position and will be 80% of job responsibilities
  • May supervise the work of a staff assistant
  • Will work with and supervise the efforts of volunteers involved in fundraising initiatives
  • Individual major gift fundraising experience at Rice University or a complex higher education institution
  • Experience working as a regional major gift officer
  • Experience working in a capital campaign
  • Experience with securing commitments involving gift planning
  • Skills
    • Familiarity with higher education senior administration
    • Knowledge of fundraising database software
    • Knowledge of gift planning principles
  • License/Certification
    • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE)
Workplace Requirements

Must possess (or have the ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire) and maintain a valid Texas driver’s license with no more than three moving violations and/or at fault accidents within the past 36 months, and no convictions or deferred dispositions for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) within the past five years

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Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

Faculty and staff are expected (but not required) to have completed a full vaccination series for COVID-19, currently defined as full course COVID-19 Vaccine (typically two shots of a WHO-approved COVID-19 Vaccine or one J&J) and a COVID-19 booster. Rice does not require documentation for COVID-19 vaccination at this time for faculty and staff. More information can be found here:


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