Director of Development for Academic Initiatives–Diversity and Inclusion (BU)

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Brown University in the search for a Director of Development for Academic Initiatives–Diversity and Inclusion.

The Director of Development for Academic Initiatives–Diversity and Inclusion will have the dual responsibility of serving as the Advancement liaison to the administrative and faculty leadership for the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, a critical leader, resource, and support in sponsoring programs and events related to diversity and inclusion. The Director of Development will be responsible for the strategic management of an individual portfolio of approximately 65 to 75 major gift prospects and donors who are capable of making gifts of $100,000 or more to the university, and play a key role in the Brown Together comprehensive campaign, the most ambitious fundraising effort in Brown’s history. With $1.79 billion raised as of September 5, 2018, Brown has surpassed a pivotal milestone by surpassing the midpoint of the campaign’s $3 billion goal, and looks forward to eclipsing $2 billion this fiscal year, with a campaign end-date of 2022.

The Director of Development will be responsible for the 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 the university's fundraising priorities is a requirement of this position as measured against the attainment of individual annual fundraising goals.

The Director of Development will work closely with OIED and others whose work is related to diversity and inclusion on strategic fundraising in support of diversity and inclusion priorities. Specific responsibilities include ensuring strategic prospective and current donor engagement; prioritizing involvement for on-campus and off-campus Advancement related events; and coordinating the preparation of reports, briefings, and other materials in support of Advancement efforts as well as preparing reports and providing data for Advancement and university leadership related to fundraising for diversity and inclusion.

Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies. With its talented and motivated student body and accomplished faculty, Brown is a leading research university that maintains a particular commitment to exceptional undergraduate instruction. Brown’s vibrant, diverse community of scholars consists of about 6,580 undergraduate students, 2,255 graduate students, 545 medical school students, more than 6,000 summer, visiting, and online students, and more than 700 faculty members. Brown students come from all 50 states and more than 115 countries.

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position as is six to ten years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Fundraising experience is required. Familiarity with Brown University is highly desirable. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

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