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Senior Director of Development



Organizing and aligning for success, Point Park University’s Development and Alumni Relations department has created a new position, Senior Director of Development (DoD).  The Senior DoD reports to the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations.  The leadership position supervises the Assistant Director of Development and the Director of Annual Giving.  Point Park University is dedicated to creating a culture that supports partnership among the Development and Alumni Relations staff, thus, the position will work cooperatively with the Senior Director of Communications and Constituent Relations, Director of Development Resources, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and the Vice President for the new Playhouse Capital Campaign. 

The Senior Director of Development leads the organization’s major gifts, leadership gifts, planned gifts and annual giving fund programs.


  • Cultivate and solicit individual and major gifts. Create collaborative and coordinated strategies  for planned giving programs and solicit planned gifts
  • Manage a portfolio of 75 donors and prospects
  • Supervise staff through regular meetings, evaluations and accountabilities 
  • Create and implement an annual development strategy and plan for support that includes specific dollar goals
  • Prepare reports for the for the Vice President, President, and Trustees


  1. Create and Execute a Development Plan. During the first 90 days, develop a development operating plan that includes implementation strategy. Follow best practices with the research, solicitation and acknowledgement of gifts from individuals. .
  2. Establish and Sustain Internal and External Relationships.  Manage relationships professionally. Seek out opportunities to share and disseminate information internally and externally as appropriate. The Senior Director of Development must have excellent verbal and electronic communication ability.


The Senior Director of Development should be high energy and entrepreneurial and should demonstrate a proven track record in building strong relationships with supporters and meeting fundraising goals. She/he will possess strong leadership skills that inspire trust, high performance and collaboration across the University.  Strong analytical and quantitative skills are required. This results-orientated leader will be a visionary with a strong general management mindset.

  • Bachelor’s degree. Advanced degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years progressive and effective fundraising.  Higher Education experience preferable.
  • Demonstrated success managing staff to meet goals and objectives.
  • Personal communication skills necessary for effective face-to-face cultivation of donors and written communication skills necessary to create compelling fundraising materials.
  • Experience with fundraising databases.


  • Embrace with passion the goals and culture of Point Park University
  • Approach work with a collegial attitude
  • Respond to colleagues, community partners, donors and all related constituents with respect and graciousness
  • Contribute to the energy and enthusiasm surrounding Point Park University’s momentum and progress
  • Lead by example with successful outcomes attained through ethical work practices


This position offers competitive compensation, commensurate with the level of skill and experience expected from applicants.


Individuals wishing to speak confidentially about this opportunity may contact Michelle Pagano Heck, Principal, Nonprofit Talent at michelle@nonprofittalent.com  Qualified individuals may apply confidentially by submitting resume, cover letter and compensation requirements via this link:



Please direct all inquiries related to this position to Nonprofit Talent and do not contact Point Park University. 

Point Park University is an equal opportunity employer.