• Full Time
  • New York, NY
  • This position has been filled

Website Fordham University

Senior Director of Development for Public Impact Initiatives

Dev Investment Fund Initiative, 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:       

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Position Summary

Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President for Development, the Senior Director leads a team of gift officers to secure major gifts to support professional education and public impact initiatives.


They develop fundraising strategy to support the top priorities and equips the team as well as colleagues throughout the division to solicit prospective donors on the school’s behalf.


Occasional travel, work on evenings and weekends, and a valid driver’s license are required.


Essential Functions        

Develops and executes short and long-term plans and cases for support to secure major gift support for university initiatives with a meaningful Public Impact.
In collaboration with the Associate Vice President for Strategic Mission Initiatives and Executive Director, Center for Community Engaged Learning, advances a cross-sectional approach to fundraising for public impact teaching, learning, and research.
Mentors and manages gift officers to assigned to the Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Social Service.
Qualifies, cultivates, and solicits prospects capable of making multi-year commitments of $100,000 or more with an average annual target of $1 million or more in gifts and pledges from assigned portfolio.
Facilitates the work of colleagues across the division by communicating priorities and giving opportunities and collaborating on solicitations as appropriate.
Supports the president, deans, senior university, and development leadership in soliciting principal gift prospects.

Essential Functions Note

This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list.

The University may assign additional related duties as necessary.


Management Responsibilities  

Supervises the work of other Fordham employees who are individual contributors. Responsible for hiring, training and developing, managing performance and administering corrective action. Has significant input in compensation decisions.


Required Qualifications: Education and Experience        

Bachelor’s degree liberal arts, business, or related field.
Minimum of 8 years of experience successfully soliciting major gifts, including the design and execution of identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies.
Minimum of 3 years of experience training, managing, and coaching individual contributors and/or volunteers.

Required Qualifications: Knowledge and Skills     

Successful experience developing fundraising strategies and plans aligned with the organization’s mission, priorities, and goals.
Demonstrated understanding of, alignment with, and commitment to Fordham’s mission as a Jesuit and Catholic University.
Able to listen to and effectively communicate with donors, leadership, colleagues, and other constituents. Emotional intelligence to successfully build and maintain positive relationships with others.
Demonstrated competency in using standard office software (MS Office &/or Google Office) and fundraising applications (such as Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge, Ellucian CRM Advance, Tapestry).
Valid Driver’s License
Successful candidates should have a knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Jesuit Education.

Preferred Qualifications 

Experience using Blackbaud’s Fundraiser Performance Management Platform and Ellucian’s CRM Advance.
Experience in a higher education setting and/or professional schools.
Experience raising funds for education, social services and/or other social causes

Minimum Starting Salary: $130,000


Maximum Starting Salary: $150,000


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




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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