Director of Development, College of Informatics

Job title: Director of Development, College of Informatics
Organization: Northern Kentucky University

Job Description

The Director of Development reports to the vice president of university advancement and works closely with the dean, internal colleagues and external stakeholders across the university to engage, acquire, cultivate, solicit and steward major donors.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for identifying, executing and providing strategic direction to fulfill the priorities of the College of Informatics. Activities will include conducting high-level cultivation events, strategic and operational planning for the fundraising program, stewardship, volunteer engagement, and corresponding meetings and communications.
  • Identify, manage and personally solicit a portfolio of 75-100 donor prospects for gifts of $25k and above; conduct 15 personal visits with current donors and prospects monthly; collaborate with prospect researchers and appropriate faculty/staff to identify prospects
  • Work closely with the Dean, faculty, volunteers and other staff to prioritize needs, define ‘case for support,’ and present fundraising priorities
  • Write and deliver compelling major gift proposals and analyze major gift program progress and performance
  • Advise the Dean on external and development activities and important events and programs to attend; be a highly informed advocate for the college inside and outside of campus. Assist and advise the Dean on personal cultivation and solicitation of donors.
  • Develop an ongoing comprehensive strategy to raise a $1,000,000 annually while adhering to agreed performance metrics
  • Document and maintain timely and quality records in the donor database (Raiser’s Edge NXT)
  • Provides peer leadership, mentorship and coaching within the team. As needed, provides training to staff within or outside of immediate department or division in regard to function
  • Coordinate appointments and materials used by senior staff faculty, board members, and volunteers for meetings, visits, events, or phone calls. Work with shared administrative staff to ensure effective daily operations.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Strong written communication skills to prepare and edit effective correspondence, proposals, and persuasive solicitation materials for individuals and groups
  • Organizational perspective, ability to work in a fast paced environment, comfortable with change and associated ambiguity are valued competencies
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain meaningful relationships to deliver measurable results
  • High attention to detail, experience managing multi-phase projects from inception to completion while building consensus
  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Windows applications is required and knowledge of Raiser’s Edge is a plus
  • Ability to problem solve and generate creative solutions in order to maintain and strengthen high quality relationships with donors
  • Exceptional ethics and integrity, ability to be discrete and maintain confidentiality
  • Must have passion for philanthropy, higher education, NKU, and the community that it serves

Salary Range: $70,000 – $80,000

Interested candidates please apply online