Development Program Director for the Division of Social Sciences

Posted on 11/26/2019

Duke University

Durham, NC

Work Performed: 

Development Administration:

  • Coordinate with the Divisional Dean for the Social Sciences (Division) and the Director of Development for Trinity College to develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising program in support of the students, staff and faculty within the Division.
    • Identify, articulate, and regularly evaluate a comprehensive set of giving priorities for the Division
    • Serve as the primary point of contact and expert in residence for prospect engagement inquiries from University-wide fundraisers and collaborate with these colleagues on the identification and cultivation of prospects.
    • Learn and adhere to Duke’s Prospect Management systems and protocols to ensure transparency and collaboration
    • Manage priority fundraising areas with in the Division including its:
      • 12 Departments and Programs
      • 9 Policy, Economics & Society Centers
      • 8 Health and Population Studies Centers
      • 225 Social Sciences Faculty
      • 2 Specialized Programs
    • Serve as the liaison to Institutes and the Strategic Initiatives Team for the Duke Global Health Institute, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies, Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Social Sciences Research Institute
    • Attend monthly meetings with the Department Chairs in the Division
    • Meet bi-weekly with the Dean of the Social Sciences with the Director of Development for Trinity College in order to discuss, determine, monitor or assess fundraising priorities for the Division

Content Development:

Generate development and alumni communications content as well as marketing and branding pieces for the Division in partnership with the Sr. Communications Specialist in Trinity/TGS, DevCom, and the Offices of Communication for Trinity College and the Graduate School.

  • Assist with the coordination of graduate fellowship and student program fundraising in partnership with the Director of Development for the Graduate School in support of the departments and programs within the Division
  • Collaborate with members of the Foundation Relations Office in support of funding opportunities for the Division
  • Collaborate with the Industry Relations Team to support funding opportunities and corporate/industry partners that map to the Division

Reporting and Analytics

  • In partnership with the department of Prospect Research, Management & Analytics, development, drive research efforts to identify prospect pools for the Division, evaluate and analyze prospects, and monitor fundraising progress against these pools
  • Work with fundraisers to identify, prioritize and triage prospect lists; maintaining a master watch list for the Division and independently qualifying and adding prospects as they emerge
  • Work with Trinity’s financial administrator to create and designate fund codes and process gifts as needed for the Division


  • In collaboration with the faculty, staff and students of the Division, develop content in support of philanthropic proposals, donor relations, stewardship letters, impact reports, giving stories, financial reporting, etc.
  • Assist in the generation of weekly gift acknowledgment letters specific to the Division
  • Provide internal/external current use impact reporting for the Division
  • Draft individual custom stewardship for leadership gifts and board members – in coordination with Donor Relations in the Office of University Development


  • Serve as the expert in residence for all Division related prospect inquiries and assist in the development of fundraising & communications materials
  • Assist fundraisers in writing gift proposals in support of the department, its programs and faculty within the Division
  • Assist in the creation of proposals, endowment agreements, and gift negotiation/handling as needed

Other Responsibilities:

  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and strategically with diverse constituencies to achieve shared success
  • Capacity to influence and/or guide others toward achieving a goal or solving a problem
  • Strong sense of organizational awareness and ability to use this to achieve objectives
  • High level of comfort with ambiguity and an ability to respond to change and commit to decisions under pressure
  • Ambition, creativity, and resourcefulness
  • Fundraising experience preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Team player
  • Attention to detail and follow-through
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • A commitment to continuous learning
  • Project and data management skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite programs


Work requires communication, analytical and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor’s degree program.


Work requires the ability to plan and administer programs and direct program activities in a specific functional area, generally acquired through a minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience, preferably in an academic environment. Knowledge of fundraising strongly preferred.

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