Director of Development, Health Affairs - Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut

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Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut 06518-1908

United States

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Detailed Job Description

As a member of the Health Affairs Development Team, the Director of Development designs and coordinates comprehensive development programs and strategies for the School of Nursing and the School of Health Sciences and associated centers and programs as assigned. The Director of Development contributes to maximizing private giving by directly soliciting gifts and contributing to the effective identification, cultivation and stewardship of prospects and donors to support the fundraising priorities and potential of each of the Schools. 

Quinnipiac University is a thriving private university with 6,500 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students, located in Hamden, Connecticut, approximately 90 minutes from New York City and two hours from Boston. Consistently ranked among the best universities by U.S. News & World Report and recently named one of the 2013 Great Colleges to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Quinnipiac offers 58 undergraduate majors and 20 graduate and professional programs, including those leading to degrees in both law and medicine. At the core of Quinnipiac is its commitment to teaching and collaboration. Quinnipiac fosters partnerships among students and with faculty; it is a spirited, welcoming campus.


Designs and implements comprehensive fundraising plans for the Schools of Nursing and Health Sciences that will secure funds for identified priorities and strategic initiatives.

Develops and manages a portfolio of 150-200 prospects with a rating of at least $25,000. 

Conducts 125 face-to-face visits/substantial contacts per year. 

Develops effective relationships with and engages Deans and key faculty in fundraising.

Works closely with Deans and AVP for Health Affairs Development to provide strategic guidance, recruitment strategies and staff support for the SON and SHS advisory committees.

Provides timely reports to AVP for Health Affairs Development, as needed.

Works collaboratively with colleagues in Development & Alumni Affairs to maximize support from alumni, parents, corporations and foundations; to increase the number of annual and planned gifts; and to maximize engagement by major gift prospects and donors in University events and activities.

Manages and mentors shared administrative assistant. 

Performs other responsibilities upon request, as needed.

Qualifications & Special Instructions to Applicants

Bachelor’s degree required, Master's degree preferred - field of study health care. 

Minimum 5 - 7 years of relevant experience required. Proven track record in a development program and major gift fundraising preferably in an academic medical, health and human services or non-profit setting.

Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with academic leaders, faculty, staff, donors and volunteers.

Self-starter who works independently while, at the same time works well collectively and collaboratively with colleagues to achieve common goals and increase gift income to the University.  

Strong writing, communication and organizational skills and proficiency in prioritizing assignments to complete work in a timely manner and on deadline.

Must be able to work nights and weekends as required. Must be able to travel. 

Valid driver’s license required.  CFRE, or certificate in philanthropy or non-profit management helpful.



Applications must be submitted electronically and should include a resume and a thoughtful cover letter describing your interest in the position. Contact information for three references must be submitted on the application form.

Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity throughout the University community. We welcome candidates who would enhance that diversity. Quinnipiac offers a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefit program.


Job Code:  2014-1594

Keyword Phrases

  • Development and Alumni Affairs
  • Director of Development, Health Affairs
  • Diversity
  • New Programs
  • spirit of community
  • Development and Fund Raising
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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