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Director of Development

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 02/12/2018
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 03/18/2018
Working Title Director of Development
Job Classification Development IV
Department Name 01072-IA-University Development
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0110539
Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications
Position Description

The University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Director of Development to join a progressive team within the University’s Office of Institutional Advancement. This position is responsible for all philanthropic fundraising activities in support of the School of Computing and Information. Principal responsibilities include identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gifts, typically in the range of $10K to $25K, with the goal of building toward more $50K+ gifts from individuals.

This position serves as the key partner for the dean on all development and alumni relations initiatives and will work collaboratively with the dean, associate deans, faculty, and others to synthesize information into articulate and compelling cases for support for school funding priorities and to execute fundraising strategies for these priorities. The DoD will have a portfolio of 75 to 100 key donors and will be responsible for prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. This position will also be responsible for assessing the office’s ability to execute all fundraising and alumni relations strategy and, as appropriate, make recommendations for optimum staffing. The DoD will provide guidance and feedback to the Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations / President, Medical and Health Sciences Foundation, on issues pertaining to school-related fundraising and engagement.

A qualified candidate must possess and demonstrate superior oral and written skills with an ability to persuade, strong organizational skills to support independent and joint travel with the dean or faculty, and an exceptional ability to communicate with a variety of University alumni, donors, faculty, staff, senior leadership, and friends.

Education Required Baccalaureate
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 5-6 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate degree preferred. A minimum of five years of major gift fundraising experience, preferably in higher education.

This position requires some travel and occasional evening and weekend work.

Required Licenses/Certifications
Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check.
Assignment Category Regular, Full-Time
Percent Effort 100
Scheduled Work Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
Campus Pittsburgh
University Benefits

The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:

• Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

• Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

• Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

• Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time

For more information regarding the University’s benefits package, please visit

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree or will have completed one by the end of this current term?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?
    • Career Development Center (CDC)
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Commonwealth Workforce Development System (Formerly PA CareerLink)
    • Currently a University Employee
    • Pitt Career Services
    • Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    • Pittsburgh Technology Council
    • PittSource Search
    • Referral (Friend, University Employee, etc.), please specify below
    • Internet Search
    • Other: (Please specify below)
  3. Please specify from above (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents