Since 1962, Franklin Pierce University has empowered thousands of undergraduate and graduate students to achieve academic excellence and lead meaningful, successful lives. Drawing from our strong foundation in liberal education, we offer majors and programs that develop essential, professional skills; promote close connections between students, faculty members, and staff; and position our students to realize their potential through highly personalized, financially accessible academic offerings.
Franklin Pierce encompasses a far-reaching geographic and virtual network educating a diverse population of residential undergraduates, online learners, and full-time graduate students through our main campus in Rindge, NH, and online and graduate centers in Manchester, and Lebanon, (NH) and Goodyear, AZ. We continue to explore new models and programs that build on our legacy of excellence and help students expand their knowledge, direct their passions, and graduate as qualified, engaged leaders.
Are you ready to take advantage of an exciting opportunity to join a passionate and committed team who are embarking on a special celebration of our University?
This is a dynamic time for Franklin Pierce University as we embark on a special milestone anniversary in 2022 to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of our founding. We are eager to grow our Advancement team to help meet our strategic priorities outlined in our new Pierce@60 strategic plan and we see a dynamic and energized Director of Advancement to bring a new and fresh fundraising perspective.
The role of Director of University Advancement can be performed in a remote, home office environment, as well as on campus. The role will routinely require use of standard office equipment such as computer, printer and phone.
The Director of University Advancement will pro-actively and strategically manage a portfolio of approximately 80-150 prospects, generate a high level of activity and prospect contact, formulate gift strategies for these individuals, and write plans directed at achieving outright gifts and commitments of $25,000 or more in support of University approved funding needs. In addition, this role will work closely with volunteers, board members and other academic leaders in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major gifts. Our primary objective is to actively move prospects through the cultivation process to solicitations, producing maximum gifts and commitments along with closing major and planned gifts for the University. This position will require highly developed writing skills and will be asked to produce numerous writing samples including prior written proposals.
Cultivate, solicit, and close major and planned gifts for Franklin Pierce University.
Expand and maintain relationships with relevant stakeholders in the philanthropic community, donors, and peers.
Represent the University to key prospects and at key events.
Document all regular contact with assigned donors, donor prospects and alumni, and record these contacts in the Advancement database.
Conduct initial research to identify prospects for major donor programs.
Work with university personnel, including Deans of Colleges, to develop donor relationships and assist in cultivating prospects.
Increase the level of giving of current donors and strengthen relationships on behalf of the University.
Participate and provide staff support for Advancement activities as well as other essential University events.
Help increase visibility and image of Franklin Pierce University.
Research, identify and cultivate new foundation and major gift prospects.
Information Management and Donor Stewardship.
Maintain existing donor/partner relationships.
Conduct donor briefings and updates.
Establish, track and assess major gifts and foundation fundraising metrics.
Prepare thorough, accurate, and concisely written research reports, which may include biographical and financial information, potential for philanthropic support, areas of interest, affiliations on individuals, and research on corporations and foundations.
Confidential screening of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Skills and Qualifications:
You will possess, or be able to demonstrate:
Highly development interpersonal skills,
Exceptional written and verbal skills,
Five to seven (5-7) years of fundraising experience in major gifts,
Minimum of five (5) years of non-profit fundraising experience,
Significant experience in multi-year fundraising campaigns and foundation relations desirable,
Experience using Raisers Edge (or other database management systems) for donor and solicitation records,
A Master’s degree in a relevant field, or equivalent experience working a higher education setting,
An ability to keep a sense of urgency in gift discussions, maintaining a balance between patience and persistence,
Skills of creativity, flexibility, innovation and an ability to adapt to rapidly changing environments,
Ability to interact effectively with a broad range of constituents,
Technical and digital competence, and
Ability to travel for the University, if required.
Additional Salary Information: Position eligible for medical, dental, vision, and tuition benefits.
About Franklin Pierce University
Franklin Pierce is a private, non-profit, regionally-accredited University where every student has the opportunity to discover their passion and greatest potential. Through its campuses in Rindge, New Hampshire and Goodyear, Arizona, as well as centers across New Hampshire in Manchester, Portsmouth, and Lebanon, Franklin Pierce provides flexible learning options that serve a wide range of students. The University community affectionately referred to as “Raven Nation” includes its Division II athletics program, which involves approximately 40% of the undergraduate student body. With more than 75 NCAA Championship appearances, the University boasts six national championships in both men’s and women’s soccer, more than 40 conference championships, and 10 national players of the year.