Director of Advancement

Posted on 09/18/2020

Goodwin College

East Hartford, CT

The Director of Advancement is responsible for developing and implementing fundraising strategies and initiatives and fostering a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization and into southwestern Connecticut and beyond.

  • Assures adherence to sound fund development principles including appropriate systems for identification, research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Ensures proper gift recording and confidentiality of donor records while maintaining accountability and compliance standards for donors and funding sources.
  • Maintains a portfolio of principal and major gift prospects and participates in the development activities in support of annual gift income, events, alumni cultivation and endowment funding.

Essential Job Functions/Primary Responsibilities: 

(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.)

  • Ensures that philanthropy and fund development are carried out in keeping with the organization’s values, mission, and strategic plan.
  • Participates with the development staff in charting the organization’s course in fund development.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of the development program utilizing agreed-upon individual and collective metrics. Helps develop a balanced funding mix of donor sources and solicitation programs tailored to the needs of the organization that will enable it to attract, retain and motivate donors and fundraising volunteers.

Other Functions: 

  • Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates.
  • Continues professional development and training; keeps current with trends.
  • Assists other department staff as needed to promote a team effort.

Knowledge, Ability, and Skill: 

  • Capital campaign experience is a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of fundraising software tools.
  • Working knowledge of planned giving.


  • Bachelors Degree
  • 3 years of fundraising experience managing a portfolio of principal/major gift prospects with demonstrative results in securing six and/or seven-figure gifts.
  • Center of work activity will be in the greater Fairfield County, CT area and beyond.

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