St. John’s University announces two openings for the position of Director of Development (DOD): one assigned to St. John’s College and the other assigned to both the School of Education and the College of Professional Studies. The Director is responsible for developing a fundraising strategy for the college or school in collaboration with the respective academic deans. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Advancement, with dotted line reporting to the assigned college or school dean, the Director will cultivate and solicit major gift donors, identify new prospects, and effectively manage relationships with key internal and external constituencies including the President and members of the President’s Advisory Council, Board members, faculty, administrators, staff, students, volunteers and alumni to ensure that college or school fundraising goals are aligned with University-wide fundraising goals and strategic priorities.
The University: Founded in 1870, St. John’s University (www.stjohns.edu) offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The fall 2016 enrollment of 16,440 undergraduate students (including 4,644 high school students taking college credit) and 4,647 graduate students represents 46 states, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and 127 countries. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations and employs 1,491 faculty members (643 full-time and 848 part-time) and about 1,400 full-time and part-time administrators and staff. Campuses are located in Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island, New York, and Rome, Italy with an additional location in Oakdale, New York and study abroad locations in Seville, Spain and Paris, France. With its Division I athletics, the University offers 17 men’s and women’s programs and is a member of the Big East Conference. Many of SJU’s 178,000 living alumni reside within the New York City region providing ample opportunity to engage and grow our donor base. The market value of the University’s investment portfolio is $647.9 million as of May 31, 2016.
Duties and Responsibilities: In collaboration with the College or School Dean, the Director will develop fundraising strategies to cultivate and solicit assigned portfolio of donors and prospects, subsequently executing an individualized plan for each donor. The Director will create strong relationships with relevant academic units and gain a comprehensive understanding of their programs and opportunities for major gifts. The Director will manage the major gifts fundraising process with college or school individual donors and communicate regularly with the Associate Vice President for Advancement and the assigned Dean on a timely basis to identify opportunities and challenges. Other duties may be assigned as appropriate.