Institutional Advancement - Director of Development

Buffalo, NY


The Director of Development is responsible for the creation of fundraising plans, implementation of strategies and supervision of D’Youville’ s major gift program. They are responsible for managing one major gift officer. The DOD cultivates relationships with existing major gift prospects, identifies new prospects and has oversight of the planned giving and scholarship program. They are expected to assist in the management of comprehensive capital campaigns and annual fundraising reports. The DOD will collaborate with campus partners and efficiently and effectively communicate with all internal and external constituents.

The Director of Development is expected to maintain up-to-date knowledge of the institution’s mission, programs, and current projects. They are expected to have a positive attitude toward the progress of the institution and seek out information relative to the interests of their prospects. The Director of Development works well in individual and group settings, is professional, organized, and trustworthy. To succeed in this role, the Director of Development is a self-starter and is driven by results.


• Perform daily actions that support the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of gifts greater than or equal to $10,000

• Manage systems, metrics and reports that track progress and donor activity through the donor database and wealth screening tools

• Manage a portfolio of approximately 150 donors and prospects

• Utilize moves management best practices and plans

• Assist deans, department chairs, and other staff with solicitation by providing portfolio development support, strategic counsel, and help with donor communications

• Supervises the production and distribution of major donor related publications to assure a positive image of the university and to support the fund-raising goals of the division

• Facilitates charitable giving to meet the needs of donors and the University by remaining current and proficient on technical and tax code matters affecting donors and charitable giving, and by suggesting options for donors to pursue with financial and planning professionals

• Work with the Director of Alumni Relations to develop and implement programs fostering alumni involvement and to encourage meaningful and productive alumni participation

• Oversee the Endowed Scholarship Program and reports to donors

• Oversee the planned giving program and Free Will, the institutional planned giving tool

• Contributes to the overall success of the Office of Development by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


• Excellent written and oral communication is required

• A proven record of success and experience in fundraising is required

• The ability to project a strong positive image of the University through personal interaction with donors, alumni and friends is required

• Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills— strategic planning, setting deadlines, and evaluating progress is required

• A demonstrated ability to organize, motivate, and lead staff and volunteers is required

• The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required

• Computer literacy, particularly related to Blackbaud database management is preferred

• Ability to travel within and outside the Buffalo-Niagara region at least once per month

• Flexibility to handle changing priorities; working efficiently in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment

• Positive, donor-centric attitude to work with and support the intentions of prospects, donors, and campus partners


• The job frequently requires travel and attendance at evening and/or weekend activities, meetings, events


• The Director of Development is supervised by the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and supervises the Associate Director of Development



• Bachelor's degree required, masters preferred; a related degree of communications, business, or education preferred


• 3-5 years of related experience in the non-profit sector, preferably in higher education

All job offers are contingent upon legal authorization to be employed in NYS as determined by NYS DOL. 

Work Remotely - No

Work Location: Buffalo, NY

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $65,000.00 - $75,000.00 per year

Additional Salary Information

The salary range reflects our good faith and reasonable estimate of the possible compensation at the time of posting, the role and associated responsibilities, and the experience, education, and training of the selected candidate.

About the Institution:

D'Youville is a highly regarded private university and research institution with a rich history located on the vibrant West Side of Buffalo adjacent to a growing downtown with year-round cultural events and outdoor recreation. While preparing students for the 21st-century,

D'Youville excels at helping students reach their career goals as change agents. Under the leadership of President Lorrie Clemo, the university is moving boldly forward through a dynamic and integrated planning process to strengthen the institution and positively impact the student experience and surrounding community.

Founded in 1908, the Grey Nuns named the college after the Patron Saint Marguerite D'Youville and committed to making it a compassionate place of learning for those from underrepresented populations. That commitment and tradition continue today. D'Youville welcomes students of every culture, background, and faith and is a place where different faith traditions can be openly shared and respected. Today, D'Youville features degrees in healthcare, business, and the liberal arts along with the proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine seeking accreditation and encourages students to integrate community service with coursework. D'Youville strives to expand opportunities for diverse learners and students historically underrepresented in higher education.

To learn more about D'Youville, please visit

D'Youville University continues to grow its commitment to Diversity, EQUITY, and Inclusion. We seek to selflessly and compassionately contribute to humanity by improving the lives of individuals and society through education. D'Youville University was founded to extend a hand to those in need and equip them, through education, with the skills necessary to serve the community and change the world.