Huriot — Director of Development, Academic Initiatives at Brown University

Director of Development, Academic Initiatives

Brown University

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Role Details

Job Description:

The Director of Development for Academic Initiatives has the dual responsibility (1) for serving as the Advancement liaison for 2-4 academic center/priorities to further fundraising for these areas; and (2) for the strategic management of an individual portfolio of 50-75 leadership/major/principal gift prospects and donors who are capable of making gifts of $100,000 or more to the University.

As a gift officer, fundraising responsibilities are effective prospect and donor relationship management of high- level alumni, parents and friends, including field qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. An emphasis on the development of solicitation strategies and closure of major and principal gifts aligned with University fundraising priorities is a requirement of the position as measured against the attainment of individual annual fundraising goals. Other responsibilities include effective collaboration and partnership with colleagues and Advancement leadership; planning, staffing and following up with University administrators and faculty on development visits with prospects and donors; and comprehensive oversight and documentation of all fundraising activities, contacts, proposals, strategic plans and stewardship.

As an academic liaison, this position will serve as a content expert and principal point of contact in Advancement for the assigned academic areas. This position will work closely with the leadership for two – four areas for strategic fundraising in support of these priorities. Specific responsibilities include the following: ensure strategic prospective and current donor engagement; prioritize involvement for on campus and off campus Advancement related events; and coordinate the preparation of reports, briefings, and other materials in support of Advancement efforts. Responsible for planning and implementing a collaborative fundraising approach that maximizes support for programmatic and capital initiatives for the assigned areas. Serve as the liaison between other staff in the Division of Advancement and the leadership and, as appropriate, faculty in these areas to optimize prospect development and engagement. Prepare reports and provide data for Advancement and University leadership related to fundraising for the assigned areas.

Brown University is committed to advancing diversity, inclusion and equity. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Brown University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check and education check satisfactory to Brown. Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and resume with their applications.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Minimum of 6 years of related experience in a field such as higher ed, fundraising, non-profit or sales.

Required Qualifications

  • Fundraising experience

  • Proven ability to solicit and close gifts on the $100,000+ level, or equivalent experience in related field (such as sales)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Brown University highly desirable

  • Previous experience managing a program

Job Competencies

  • Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), including experience/ability to identify and emphasize diverse perspectives in programming, communications, and strategy

  • High degree of computer literacy and management information skills

  • Demomstarted innovation, reliability and execution skills when developing and implementing custom strategies and campaigns to meet fundraising targets

  • Must have excellent communication skills, written and oral

  • Adherence to division policies and best practices

Work Environment

  • Ability to travel regularly to geographic regions where donors reside and work.

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Job Posting Title:

Director of Development, Academic Initiatives




Grade 13

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Full time

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Position Classification:

Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:

In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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EEO Statement:

Brown University is an E-Verify Employer.

As an EEO/AA employer, Brown University provides equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation based upon a person’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law, and caste, which is protected by our University policies.


Founded in 1764, Brown is a leading institution for education, discovery, and global intellectual progress as well as one of the largest employers in Rhode Island. Working at Brown brings more than just a paycheck and generous benefits; it offers an opportunity to contribute to a greater good. Join us in supporting the pursuit of knowledge and individual growth that defines higher education and enriches our community.

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A resume is required as part of your job application. Please also include a cover letter and any other related documents as noted in the job description.

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Brown University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

  • Published on: Jan 09, 2023
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Job Location: Providence, Rhode Island
  • Salary: negotiable
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