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Assistant Director of Development

POSITION:  Assistant Director of Development

DEPARTMENT: Development and Alumni Relations

REPORTS TO: Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s Degree required. At least three years+ direct fundraising/development experience with successful individual specific track record in annual and/or major gift solicitation and volunteer management.  Combination of education, experience and employment history may be substituted. Experience working within a university or a non-profit development or advancement organization strongly preferred. Emphasis on experience working in fundraising/development with specific track record in high level annual fund solicitations and major gift solicitations. Should have an understanding of major gift solicitation strategies, endowments, general understanding of planned and experience with volunteer management.  Prior experience using Microsoft Office, Excel, familiarity with DonorPro and Jenzabar preferred or other prospect and donor management database. Strong communication, organizational and time management skills focused on action, planning, implementation, collaboration and strategic initiative. Must be a self-starter with a demonstrated ability to be entrepreneurial.

Personal Skills and Qualifications:

  • Goal-oriented, highly motivated development professional with demonstrated ability to work independently while also being able to coordinate effectively in a group setting.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and accurately in written and oral communications.  Excellent writing skills are essential.
  • Must have strong organizational skills with an attention to detail and timely follow-up.
  • Experience in development and/or working with volunteers preferred.  Must be creative and have excellent interpersonal and customer relations skills.
  • Must be able to work effectively with diverse individuals and understand the importance of building life-long relationships between the University and its alumni and friends.
  • A positive attitude, a team-spirited style. Professional appearance and demeanor required.  Must be a self-starter and must be able to take initiative to be successful in this position.
  • Demonstrated multi-tasking skills.
  • Knowledge of word processing and spreadsheets and an understanding of database segmentation, prospect identification and professional fundraising experience strongly preferred. 

PRIMARY FUNCTION:    The Assistant Director of Development works closely with the Associate Vice President and staff to advance the mission of the department to inform, engage and build investment in all internal and external constituencies. This is a fundraising position. The incumbent will focus on gifts between $1,000 and $10,000 in support of University needs and priorities with a goal of increasing annual giving and moving selected portions of the incumbent’s prospect portfolio into major gifts portfolios.


  1. Strategically manage of a balanced prospect portfolio of at least 150 prospects with an ability to successfully close solicitations based upon annual fiscal year goals.  Desired outcomes include 8-10 monthly visits leading to a minimum of 100 personal visits.
  2. Develops and implements comprehensive fund-raising strategies for direct identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual major gifts prospects.
  3. Plan and direct a personal solicitation program focused on alumni, parents, friends, faculty and staff to increase participation and support.
  4. Work with university faculty and staff representing schools, departments and programs to identify fundraising opportunities and corresponding prospects for solicitation.
  5. Prepare appropriate internal and external written follow-up and tracking of cultivation and solicitation outcomes in DonorPro.
  6. Develop stewardship and engagement plans and processes that lead to additional investments.
  7. Serve as an advocate within the University for donors, alumni and friends.
  8. Ensure all donors to the University are appropriately thanked in a timely and meaningful way.
  9. Attend conferences and professional development workshops as appropriate.
  10. Additional duties and special projects as assigned.

Qualified applicants should forward a cover letter and resume via email to HROffice@pointpark.edu (preferred) or mail to:
Point Park University
Human Resources Office
201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

When responding via email please reference - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT - in the subject line.

Please submit documents in Rich Text (.txt) Word document (.doc) or Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf).

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  Due to the high volume of resumes received, Point Park University will not be able to respond to inquiries regarding the status of your resume. If we determine that your skills and experience match the position requirements, we will contact you to discuss the opportunity further. If you do not hear from us, we encourage you to revisit our website at www.pointpark.edu for the status of the position and future opportunities.

Point Park University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.