Senior Director of Development, College of Engineering
The University of Delaware (UD) exists to cultivate learning, develop knowledge and foster the free exchange of ideas. State-assisted yet privately governed, UD has a strong tradition of distinguished scholarship, research, teaching, and service that is grounded in a commitment to increasing and disseminating scientific, humanistic, and social knowledge for the benefit of the larger society. Tracing its origins to 1743 and chartered by the state in 1833, the University today is a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant university.
The College of Engineering is home to seven academic departments devoted to building a community of problem-solvers focused on challenges associated with sustainability, energy, health care, and the environment.
The College’s internationally recognized faculty includes named professors, National Academy of Engineering members, NSF and DOD faculty career and young investigator award winners, and University teaching award recipients. World-renowned initiatives led by college faculty include College-based research centers and University-based research centers and institutes, all of which provide a fertile training ground for future engineers. This research takes place in modern innovation spaces, such as the Patrick T. Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory, which houses 200,000 square feet of research and teaching space, including the UD Nanofabrication Facility. Additionally, the University’s Science, Technology, and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus expands University-based research and shared research undertaken with corporate partners.
College of Engineering students also learn in real-world settings through internships and co-op programs. Student organizations such as Engineers Without Borders give students an opportunity to address engineering challenges in developing countries.
Strategic partnerships with industry, government, and academic institutions complement these initiatives, expanding the College’s reach and cultivating a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration, leadership, and entrepreneurship among future engineers. Graduates are leaders in academia and industry alike.
In order to continue providing opportunities to put great ideas into practice, help shape UD’s future, and advance the University from excellence to preeminence, visionary leadership from the University’s President and Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, among others, is advancing new levels of philanthropic ambition and achievement. The mounting success of the current Delaware First campaign, publicly launched in 2017, is emblematic of the University’s burgeoning culture of philanthropy. As of December 2019, the campaign had secured nearly $744 million, well on pace to reach its $750 million goal by June 2020. The College of Engineering has already surpassed its $100 million goal within the broader campaign, having secured more than $117 million as of December 2019. The Delaware First campaign and an underlying commitment to philanthropic best practices has increased total annual fundraising revenues across the University.
The College of Engineering is also taking steps toward preeminence, guided by the leadership of a new Dean (Levi Thompson, UD ’81, appointed October 2018). Building on the College’s campaign success, a new vision for UD Engineering is being charted that will continue to elevate its profile and impact. Greater strategic focus in development activities will catalyze new programs, increased faculty support, the attraction and retention of new and distinguished faculty, and new physical spaces, among other emerging priorities for the future.
With an emphasis on ensuring that UD’s philanthropic efforts feature strategic, sustainable, major-and-principal-gifts-focused fundraising for each of its academic units, the University seeks candidates for Senior Director of Development for the College of Engineering (Senior Director). The Senior Director provides strategic leadership, direction, and management for major and principal gift fundraising for the College. The major emphasis of the position is the solicitation of gifts of $100,000 or more from individuals. The Senior Director will manage two major gift officers, an Assistant Director of Donor Relations, and an administrative assistant. The Senior Director will be a key member of the College’s leadership team. S/he will closely collaborate with the Dean and faculty leaders in leveraging the partnership of the College’s Advisory Council of distinguished alumni and friends, as well as various advisory councils corresponding to academic departments, in development initiatives.
Required qualifications and experience:
- Genuine enthusiasm for and demonstrated commitment to the mission and programs of the University of Delaware and College of Engineering.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Seven or more years of experience in development positions with progressive responsibility, including experience in major and principal gift fundraising. Experience working in an institution of higher education or nonprofit environment of similar complexity is strongly preferred, as is involvement in a comprehensive or capital campaign.
- Experience leading and managing fundraising teams.
- Sophisticated understanding of the following: all functional areas of frontline fundraising (individual giving, institutional giving, planned giving, stewardship, board relations); data-informed, metrics-based major gifts fundraising; higher education operations, governance, and culture.
- Strength in developing the case for support, short and long-term fundraising plans, and executing against those plans to achieve goals and objectives. Experience effectively strategizing with and engaging various groups and constituents, including the most senior levels of an organization.
- Track record of securing six-figure gifts or greater, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship, as well as working with annual giving strategies to develop pipelines for annual leadership and major gift donors.
- Demonstrated ability in planning and executing strategic communications to complement development initiatives.
- Experience identifying, nurturing, and motivating volunteer leaders, and a sophisticated understanding of their role in building an effective development network.
- Well-honed skills in organizational efficiency and project leadership, including demonstrated accomplishments while working with cross-functional teams. Skill at maintaining recordkeeping systems and procedures, goal setting, and measuring success
The University of Delaware has retained Diversified Search to assist in this confidential search process. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Practice Leader – Development & Philanthropy
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