Senior Director of Development, Parent and Family Development
Location: Bronx, New York
Internal Number: 3818
Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering an exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 16,000 students in its nine colleges and schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre in the United Kingdom.
The University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement plans; life insurance; short and long-term disability; employee assistance program (EAP); tuition remission; and generous time off.
Successful candidates should have a knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Jesuit Education.
Department: Development - Fordham Fund
Campus: Lincoln Center (LC) - NYC
The Senior Director of Parent and Family Development leads Fordham University's parent fundraising efforts, oversees the Parent Leadership Council and Parent Ambassador program and is responsible for increasing philanthropic support from parents and family of Fordham students. Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President for Development, the Senior Director develops and executes a comprehensive major and annual giving strategy to increase engagement, philanthropic support, and participation from the broader parent community. To be successful, the Senior Director must effectively collaborate with senior DAUR and university leadership, regionally assigned and school-based gift officers, the Fordham Fund and other colleagues throughout the university.
"This position is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement pursuant to University's Hybrid/Remote Work Policy. Please review the policy here."
Advances and supports the University's Jesuit mission and identity.
Ensures the systematic identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of Fordham's highest capacity incoming parents.
Carries and solicits a portfolio of major gifts prospects, comprised of parents and family members with the capacity to give four, five, and six-figure gifts.
Designs and executes marketing plans, cultivation events, and volunteer opportunities to cultivate Fordham's incoming parents and maximize philanthropic support.
Manages recruitment and solicitation of members of Fordham's Parent Leadership Council and Parent Ambassadors program.
Nominates parents for other high-level advisory board at Fordham, including the President's Council and school advisory boards.
Manages a team of two parent giving officers responsible for leadership annual giving and operations.
Exemplifies and upholds DAUR's core values.
Bachelor's degree in liberal arts, business, or related field.
Ten or more years of responsible experience securing major and leadership annual gifts.
Proven track record of soliciting and closing gifts of $100,000 or more in a higher education and/or private secondary education setting.
Demonstrated ability to achieve fundraising goals while working with prospects in all phases of development: qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
Emotionally intelligent and ethical professional with the stature, integrity, and experience to effectively engage and support DAUR colleagues.
Proven ability to mentor and inspire high-performing team members and developing successful programs.
Professional maturity and gravitas to be able to partner with senior leadership in student affairs, enrollment management and the undergraduate colleges and schools.
Ability to ensure and promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.
Strong verbal and writing skills, high attention to detail and follow-up, and excellent organizational and project management skills.
Ability to work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting.
Demonstrated track record of exceptional work and a high level of personal initiative.
Flexibility and adaptability to new programs in an emerging and changing environment.
Shared values with Fordham University and its Jesuit and Catholic identity.
Special Instructions for Applicant:
Fordham University has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC to assist on this recruitment. FPS is a national leader in executive recruitment for the not-for-profit sector and brings a proven track record of recruiting top talent to diverse institutions.
Please send all confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations directly to FPS via email at [email protected]
All applications must include: (1) an up-to-date resume; (2) a formal letter of interest (addressed to Gail L. Freeman, President of FPS) that specifically cites the experiences that best prepare the applicant for this role and why this particular opportunity at Fordham is the logical and desired next step in their career, and (3) a list of references. Additional materials and information will be requested during the search and interview process.
Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds.
Fordham is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories
Fordham Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering an exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 16,000 students in its 9 colleges and schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre in the United kingdom.