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Director of Development, College of Engineering and College of Computing and Informatics

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Work type: Full-Time
Location: Remote, University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University, Institutional Advancement

About Drexel 

Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, a comprehensive global research university and a major engine for economic development in the region. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

Drexel’s Office of Institutional Advancement (IA) supports the University’s mission and strategic priorities by generating philanthropic engagement and by building and strengthening relationships among alumni, students, faculty, staff, civic leaders, friends, and foundation and corporate partners. We aspire to create a sustainable and lasting culture of philanthropy at Drexel University by cultivating the next generation of leadership through volunteer initiatives and alumni engagement.

In alignment with Drexel University’s values and priorities, IA is committed to maintaining a flexible and dynamic work environment that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion; professional and career development; and collaboration and innovation across all our departments.

Job Summary 

The Director of Development is a member of the Institutional Advancement (IA) team assigned to develop philanthropic resources for the for College of Engineering (CoE) and College of Computing and Informatics (CCI). This position will play a central role in major gift fundraising and contribute to the enhancement of leadership annual giving and major gift support.  They report to the Assistant Vice President. This position does not have supervisory responsibilities. 

Essential Functions 

  • Secures major gifts of $25,000 or more by pursuing the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of private support from individuals to the College of Engineering and College of Computing and Informatics.
  • Builds and manages a pool of approximately 150 prospects capable of making commitments of a minimum of $25,000 in a regionalized model
  • Maintains an active schedule of face-to-face meetings with leadership annual fund donors and major gift suspects and prospects, averaging fifteen (15) such meetings per month. Manages donors in assigned geographic territories throughout the country.
  • Identify and move high level annual giving donors to the major gift pool, helping to grow and feed the donor pipeline.
  • Coordinates with the Assistant Vice President in identifying and working with key volunteers to establish and strengthen advisory boards for the College of Engineering and College of Computing and Informatics.
  • Coordinates with the Assistant Vice President and the Office of Alumni Engagement to help foster activities that contribute to a culture of philanthropy in the colleges.
  • Stewards donors through ongoing communications, recognition activities, invitations to key events, and interaction with beneficiaries of their support.
  • Promotes University priorities and image to constituents. Serves as front line staff to promote campus goals and objectives. Maintains current knowledge of university-wide institutional priorities. As appropriate, and with the knowledge of the Assistant Vice President, qualifies, cultivates, and solicits prospects on behalf of other campus units.
  • Follows Institutional Advancement procedures with regard to prospect management and documenting contacts. Responsible for oversight and submission of all relative fundraising reports, statistics, projections, and publications.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of five years of successful experience in development and major gift fundraising
  • Ability and willingness to travel on a frequent basis
  • Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends
  • Valid drivers licensed
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent administrative skills 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience with direct solicitation of five and six figure gifts from individuals.
  • Familiarity with planned giving concepts and experience in soliciting planned gifts
  • Experience working with senior-level executives
  • Knowledge of prospect management systems
  • Knowledge of database fundraising software CS Advance
  • Digital fundraising experience 

Physical Demands 

  • Typically sitting at a desk/table
  • Typically standing, walking 


Remote/Philadelphia, PA  

Additional Information 

This position is classified as Exempt with a salary grade of M. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure,  

Special Instructions to the Applicant 

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application. 

Review of applicants will continue until a suitable candidate pool is identified. 

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