ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, CUMMINGS SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE - Office of Development and Alumni Relations - Tufts University in Grafton Massachusetts

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Tufts University

Grafton, Massachusetts 01536

United States


Detailed Job Description

The Advancement Division develops philanthropic financial support from alumni, parents, friends, foundations and other individuals and organizations to advance the academic and programmatic priorities of Tufts University. The Division is engaged in building the annual fund through direct mail, telephone solicitation programs, volunteer solicitation initiatives and other means, simultaneously developing a broad base for engaging donors. The Division further works to secure major gifts from the same sources for building projects, endowment, program development and other needs and stewards gifts to ensure that our donors' gift restrictions are honored and that donors are kept well informed of the impact of their contributions. A robust Alumni Affairs program supports all these fundraising efforts. The Division is committed to pursuing its work in an ethical fashion, in accordance with best practices. The Division also encourages the continued professional development of all of its employees.

The mission of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine's Office of Development and Alumni Relations is to serve the school's community by:

*raising annual and capital funds to meet the Cummings School's evolving, priority academic and institutional needs.

*creating and sustaining long-term, relevant relationships with the Cummings School's alumni, parents, faculty and friends.

*keep its annual fund program continuing at a strong rate of growth.


The Associate Director of Development is responsible for major gift solicitation of alumni and friends and other potential sources of philanthropic support for the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.  S/he will work collaboratively with Corporate & Foundation Relations staff, as appropriate, on solicitations that involve individuals and their companies and/or foundations.  S/he will respond to planned giving inquiries and steward planned giving donors in collaboration with the university Office of Gift Planning. Will design and execute a meeting plan /travel schedule for her/his prospect pool with an expectation of 40-50 days of travel per year and 120-150 face to face prospect meetings. 

The Associate Director will be responsible for assisting in the coordination of all capital fund-raising activities on behalf of the Cummings School as directed by the Director or Dean. Will cultivate major gift prospects and partner with the Director on capital campaigns.  S/he will be responsible for raising a significant share of revenue with his/her top prospects and demonstrating appropriate strategies, planning and communication skills.  S/he will use Advance, our donor and information management system to manage prospects.  The Associate Director will support the Director in volunteer recruitment and management, prospect identification, key administrator travel, on and off campus donor cultivation meetings and events and other activities as needed. Will work with the Sr. Assoc.. Director of Stewardship and Development, with faculty and staff throughout the campus to properly steward gifts secured.

Job Requirements

Basic Requirements:

  • Minimum of five (5) years of development / fundraising experience using varied techniques in a University, hospital, or other not-for-profit or educational institution or comparable, translatable educational, volunteer and work experience. 
  • BA/BS degree
  • Valid US driver’s license
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and the ability to learn new software applications.
  • Minimum 1 week of travel per month (that might be 1-2 days per week each week)

"An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.”

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with Advance or other fundraising database preferred.  Excellent writing skills. Familiarity with planned giving vehicles is desirable. 

Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds.

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: 5-7 years
Level of Job: Director
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Best if Apply By 9/4/2014