Director, Leadership Gifts - Bentley University in Waltham Massachusetts

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Bentley University

Waltham, Massachusetts

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Bentley University, one of the nation's leading business universities and located on a 163-acre campus in Waltham, Massachusetts, seeks a senior development professional who will play a key high visibility role in advancing the University's Leadership Gifts program. The Director of Leadership Gifts is primarily responsible for developing and implementing strategies to ensure proper identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of leadership gift prospects, who are capable of making gifts of $50,000 to $2.5 million to Bentley and coordinating the Leadership Gifts effort with other key fund raising programs in University Advancement.  

Additional Description of Duties:

Reporting to the Executive Director of Development, the Director will be a key member of the development team, leading and directing a staff of three Leadership Gifts officers and carrying a personal portfolio of 100-150 prospects. This opportunity requires an individual who has excellent communication skills and excellent judgment in order to deal with donors, senior level executives, trustees, and others who are engaged in the management of a fast-paced institution with multiple objectives. The person must be able to make decisions quickly, accept responsibility for those decisions, and delegate effectively. The person will oversee the creation of a prospect management system and coordinate the tracking of such prospects. Travel (25-30%) is essential. Coordination with Annual Giving, Prospect Research, Center for Alumni Parents & Friends, Principal Gifts, and Advancement Communications of events and/or programs coordinated by University Advancement.  

Position Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree required. Development experience ? preferably in an educational institution ? of at least 5-7 years required. Excellent interpersonal skills, strong communications skills, including excellent writing skills are essential. A valid U.S. driver's license and the energy and ability to travel are required. Management experience ? preferably in a non-profit setting is of high importance.

Bentley has raised approximately $6 million in philanthropic support annually in each of the past three years. The University has approximately 51,000 alumni; 40,000 undergraduate and 10,000 graduate alumni. Bentley's endowment, as of June 30, 2013, is approximately $250 million.

Excellent compensation and benefits package. EOE. For full search description see current searches at  

License(s) Required for the Position

A valid U.S. driver's license and the energy and ability to travel required. Management experience, preferably in a non-profit setting is important.  

Special Instructions to Applicants

To explore this superb career opportunity on a highly confidential basis, please send your resume and letter of interest to: Doug Cooney, Executive Search Consultant, DEERFIELD ASSOCIATES Executive Search, Inc. 572 Washington Street, Suite 15, Wellesley, MA 02482 Telephone: 781-237-2800. Email:

Bentley University requires reference checks and may conduct other pre-employment screening.  

Bentley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, building strength through diversity.  

Keyword Phrases

  • VP for University Advancement
  • Director, Leadership Gifts
  • Business University
  • STAR - Scholarship, Teaching, Advising, Research
  • Corporate & Community Partnerships
  • Development and Fund Raising
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Associate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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