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Senior Director of Development, Arts and Sciences

Development – A&S and Professional Schools, Lincoln Center

Fordham University


Fordham University has an excellent reputation as a dynamic institution located in New York City.  Founded in 1841, Fordham enrolls more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students in its 9 Colleges and Schools. 


Fordham University offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to its employees, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance.
We offer tuition remission for employees and their dependents 
A generous employer match towards a 403(b) retirement plan.
As a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), Fordham is considered a qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, a federal program designed to forgive student loan debt for employees of certain public and certain nonprofit employers.
As part of its work-life balance program, the University provides generous PTO including 15 vacation days, 12 sick days, 2 personal days, 6 summer Fridays, and holidays that include paid time off between Christmas and New year.  
University employees have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP provides no-cost, professional, and confidential services, to help employees and family members address a variety of personal, family, life, and work-related issues.

Hybrid Policy:       

Please review the Hybrid Policy here.


Position Summary

The Senior Director of Development, Arts and Sciences, reports to the Executive Director of Development, Arts and Sciences, and will serve as a senior fundraiser for Arts and Sciences, working directly with a dean, other senior college leaders, and faculty, to develop and solicit six-figure gifts and greater, when possible.


The Senior Director will collaborate with the Executive Director and Dean to develop and execute a fundraising strategy.


Some travel and evening/weekend work is required.


This position is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement pursuant to University’s Hybrid/Remote Work Policy.


Essential Functions        

Develops an in-depth understanding of the vision and strategic priorities for Fordham University and the Schools of Arts and Sciences, and the Orthodox Christian Studies Center.
Guided by the university’s, the school’s, and the center’s priorities, and in consultation with the executive director, develops and executes short- and long-term strategic major gift fundraising plans and solicitations.
Cultivates new and existing donor relationships with innovative/meaningful cultivation opportunities and solicits gifts independently or in partnership with the dean, faculty, senior leaders, alumni, volunteers, the Arts and Sciences development team, and other DAUR colleagues.
Identifies and recruits potential members to serve on the school or center’s advisory council.
In support of college priorities and initiatives, prepares case statements, give menus, and marketing materials in collaboration with the Dean, University Marketing, and others.
Collaborates with colleagues throughout the DAUR division to ensure effective, efficient, and coordinated fund-raising strategies and assist, where needed, in reunions and important university-wide special events.
Advances and supports the University’s Jesuit mission and identity.
Demonstrates competency in using standard office software (MS Office &/or Google Office) and fundraising applications (such as Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge, Ellucian CRM Advance, and Tapestry).

Essential Functions Note

This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list.

The University may assign additional related duties as necessary.


Required Qualifications: Education and Experience        

Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, business, or related field.
Eight or more years of progressively responsible development experience in a higher education setting and/or a combination of relevant experience and education.
Experience in a university setting with strong face-to-face donor solicitation experience; proven track record of fundraising success in six-figure major gift solicitations.
Stature and experience to effectively advise the dean and faculty on fundraising strategies and to represent giving opportunities and priorities to colleagues, alumni, volunteers, donors, and prospects.

Required Qualifications: Knowledge and Skills     

Excellent judgment, communication, and presentation skills.
Must be a good listener.
Demonstrated creative thinker and problem solver.
Expected to carry out duties in a manner consistent with DAUR’s core values.
Preferred Qualifications    
Advanced degree.
Experience with seven-figure solicitations, including the development of sophisticated solicitations for principal gift prospects and donors.
Experience using Blackbaud’s Fundraiser Performance Management Platform and Ellucian’s CRM Advance.
Intellectual curiosity to pursue opportunities in a wide range of interest areas.
Successful candidates should have a knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Jesuit Education.

Minimum Starting Salary: $130,000


Maximum Starting Salary: $145,000


Note: Salary is commensurate with qualifications, experience, and skills.









Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering an exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 16,000 students in its 9 colleges and schools.  It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre in the United Kingdom. 


Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds.


Fordham is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories

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