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Open Position:
Director of Development

The Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) is seeking a Director of Development to join its team of dedicated professionals working to ensure access to high-quality art and design education.

Entrepreneurial, forward-thinking, and possessing equal strengths in frontline major gifts fundraising and team leadership, the Director of Development serves as a crucial team member as they lead the expansion of DCAD’s alumni network of support for major and planned gifts, working collaboratively with their peers to identify new major giving prospects as well as fueling the pipeline for legacy giving.

The Director of Development is responsible for implementing a comprehensive, integrated fundraising program to support the College’s short-term and long-term operations and strategic initiatives in cooperation with the President, Board of Trustees, and the Development Committee.

Full-time employees enjoy a generous benefits plan that includes medical, dental, and vision coverage. Vacation, personal, and sick time are also provided. The Director of Development is an on-site position with a salary range of $85,000-$90,000.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Works closely with the President to coordinate and implement the overall development strategy to raise operating funds from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government sources through the College’s annual appeal, major gifts, events, institutional giving, board committees, and planned giving.
  • Manages grant solicitations from all sources (private individuals, foundations, corporations, municipal, state, and federal), including prospecting, grant research, grant writing, follow-up reports, acknowledgments, and grant tracking.
  • Works with the Development Committee and the Board of Trustees to coordinate the planning and execution of fundraising events.
  • Inspires and maintains donor loyalty through stewardship, communication, and activities designed to express recognition, appreciation, and the impact of their gift(s). Implementing such a stewardship plan may include but should not be limited to letters, communication of college initiatives, invitations to appropriate activities, meetings, events, student engagement, or facilitating campus visits.
  • Develops campaign case statements and plans and coordinates the design and production of campaign materials.

Required Qualifications

  • Comfortable working independently and with a team and an assertive can-do philosophy.
  • Excellent communication skills essential, including effective and persuasive writing, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to facilitate communications with colleagues, prospective donors, and alumni, including letters and surveys.
  • Creative thinking and a recognition of the impact of meaningful stewardship.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities, careful attention to detail, and the ability to listen and accept suggestions.

Desired Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree and 10+ years of experience in development in a college setting are preferred; a Master’s degree is a plus.

Application submission details

Review of applications will begin immediately. For consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]