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Director of Development, Schools of Education, Divinity, and Social Work

Howard University
Washington, DC

Howard University is experiencing historic and unprecedented institutional and philanthropic growth. Bolstered by an active and energetic alumni base inspired by the heightened role and significance of Howard’s place among elite higher education, the University has embarked on a significant expansion of and investment in its Advancement efforts. If you are an enthusiastic fundraising professional looking for a chance to make a difference, now is the time to join this historic institution and become a part of something great. Howard University has put into action an ambitious, yet attainable, fundraising strategy that seeks to enhance the Howard experience well beyond the bounds of Washington, DC.

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, Individual Giving, the Director of Development provides leadership for all major gift fundraising initiatives for the Schools of Education, Divinity, and Social Work. The Director works closely with each School’s Dean, program directors, and faculty to develop fundraising priorities and lead revenue generation aligned with organizational goals reflecting the vision of Howard President Wayne A. I. Frederick. Building on the recent increase in interest in and gifts to Howard, the Director will develop a proactive plan for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, managing a portfolio of 75-120 benefactors and prospects, with a primary focus on alumni and friends of the University. The Director will manage other major gift officers assigned to each School. Specific qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 7 years of development experience, with at least 3 years of personal solicitation of individual major gifts.
  • Experience with an HBCU preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing relationships with high-level prospects to secure major gifts.
  • Mastery of the fundamentals of major gifts fundraising and moves management.
  • A basic understanding of planned giving concepts, and an ability to navigate internal processes and structures to the advancement of relationships with donors.
  • Superior written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and relationship-building skills.
  • Creative problem-solving skills and the ability to initiate and collaborate with partners at all levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to work interdependently and independently in a collaborative environment is vital.
  • Experience utilizing fundraising database programs (experience with Raiser’s Edge highly preferred).
  • Commitment to the mission of Howard University.

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