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Job ID: 190914

Sr Dir Development A&S
Tufts University

Date Posted Jul. 25, 2022
Title Sr Dir Development A&S
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department Tufts University
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Institutional Advancement


Tufts University Advancement Division seeks a dynamic, experienced developmental professional to serve as Senior Director for the School of Arts and Sciences.

Tufts University Advancement Division (UA) is a comprehensive development and alumni engagement enterprise with a staff complement of approximately 200 full time employees. Units within UA include development/fundraising, alumni engagement, stewardship and donor relations, special events, gift processing, research and prospect management, gift planning, corporate and foundation relations, and information systems and management. UA’s mission is to build strong relationships with Tufts University’s constituents, match donor interests with the University’s needs and priorities, and secure the financial resources necessary for Tufts to achieve excellence in teaching, research and scholarship. The Division is strongly committed to serving the academic agenda of the University and creating a culture of philanthropy in the extended Tufts community. Integrity, collegiality, diversity, accountability, mutual trust and respect for the individual, as well as the intentions of our donors, are the values that guide the work of the Division.

The University is currently in a $1.5B campaign called Brighter World

What You'll Do

The School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University

The School of Arts and Sciences is the largest academic unit at Tufts, comprising of the College of Liberal Arts, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. The Dean of Arts and Sciences is responsible for all undergraduate and graduate departments, programs, research centers, and institutes within the School of Arts and Sciences. There are 26 departments and numerous interdisciplinary programs offering undergraduate majors and minors; twenty of these departments also grant graduate degrees. Currently, the School offers 17 different doctoral programs and a number of professional certificate programs. A&S enrolls approximately 5,200 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students each year and employs about 750 faculty (including visiting, research, and other non-tenure track faculty) and over 1,000 staff members.

The Senior Director of Development for the School of Arts and Sciences
Reporting to the Executive Director of University Advancement and working in partnership with the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, the Senior Director of Development for Arts and Sciences leads all aspects of the school’s fundraising program, including strategy, planning, and execution of A&S development initiatives, and articulates the school’s needs and priorities in the context of the university’s mission and priorities. In addition to directing the A&S major gift team, the Senior Director oversees fundraising for the SMFA at Tufts, the Parents Giving Program, Athletics, and Hillel. They also work closely with gift planning, corporate and foundation relations, principal giving, and prospect management to expand philanthropic support for the school and the university.


The Senior Director will have primary responsibility for leveraging major gifts and will maintain a portfolio of individual major and leadership gift prospects. The Senior Director will be a key contributor to ensure the university successfully meets the $1.5M Brighter World campaign goal by June 30, 2023

What We're Looking For

Minimum Requirements:
• Knowledge and skills typically acquired through a bachelor’s degree and 10+ years of experience.
• Extensive knowledge in a leadership role in philanthropy.
• Proven track record in structuring proposal and securing major/leadership gifts in complex higher education environment
• Demonstrated experience in managing professional fundraising team
• Expert interpersonal and relationship building skills
• Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills

Preferred Qualifications:
• Strong knowledge of major gift and annual fund strategies.
• Demonstrated success in closing six figure and seven figure gifts.


Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.

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