Director of Development
Columbia University New York, Department of Surgery
United States

Position Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director of Development, the Director of Development will manage multi-level assignments. They will serve as both internal and external liaison to the Division of Cardiology, Department of Surgery and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, including faculty and three Advisory Boards. The Director will manage a portfolio of Cardiac, Ob/Gyn, and Surgery related donors and prospects and provide support to senior development staff on high-level cultivation and stewardship. The incumbent will also participate in prospect assessment and assignment processes. With a focus on enhancing visibility and philanthropic support of the Cardiac, Ob/Gyn and Surgery programs at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, the Director’s responsibilities include: engaging, cultivating and soliciting donors, participating in the development of funding proposals & stewardship reports, developing and managing cultivation & fundraising events, assisting in the development of a communications strategy, including the creation of collateral materials and coordination of stewardship initiatives for major gift donors. The incumbent will also contribute to annual departmental performance goals and objectives, including total dollars raised, solicitations planned, and cultivation/stewardship progression.


  1. Manage a portfolio of Cardiac, Ob/Gyn, and Surgery related prospects as assigned; provide support to Executive Director on high-level prospects and donors. Prepare proposals and donor impact reports –30%
  2. Coordinate and support the Cardiac Council, Women’s Health Care Council, TPAC and their sub-committees. Coordinate meetings; create materials and communications for the Council, assist with strategy and outreach of volunteers – 30%
  3. Coordinate and manage communications; develop stewardship, cultivation, and engagement events; build and enhance unrestricted support efforts for the Cardiac, Ob/Gyn and Surgery programs – 30%
  4. Participate in prospect assessment and research processes and assignment – 5%
  1. Other projects as assigned – 5%

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus four years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior experience in event management, including the coordination and execution of events, preferred.

Other Requirements

  • Experience in fundraising or a related field, preferably in a health care or a higher education environment
  • Demonstrated ability to develop productive relationships with internal and external constituents such as donors, prospects and volunteers
  • Excellent ability to set priorities and perform in a fast-paced environment
  • Highly motivated self-starter with excellent judgment and discretion, resilience, with a high level of independent decision-making
  • Persistent at follow up and follow through, and detail oriented
  • Excellent written, oral, interpersonal, organizational and analytical skills
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills

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