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NAU Development Director, College of Health and Human Services

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Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona, United States
10 days ago


Northern Arizona University seeks an experienced, dynamic development director to pursue philanthropic
support from individuals, foundations and corporations for the College of Health and Human Services
(CHHS). CHHS is a comprehensive college with many health professional programs including Athletic
Training, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Dental Hygiene, Fitness Wellness, Nutrition, Occupational
Therapy, Physical Education, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Public Health, and a School of Nursing.
Growth and program expansion is anticipated moving forward to meet growing health care needs in Arizona
and beyond.
The development director is responsible for overall leadership and management of the college’s development
efforts. This position plans and directs comprehensive strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation
and stewardship of gift prospects for CHHS. Major gift development (defined at NAU as $25,000 or more) is
the primary focus of the position. Additional responsibilities include working with staff in Planned Giving,
Annual Giving, and Corporate and Foundation Relations for NAU development. The development director will
also participate in strategic planning and interact with volunteer and advisory boards. The CHHS
Development Director will collaborate and partner with colleagues and peers across campus while building
strong donor relationships. Significant personal interaction with alumni, friends, prospects, and donors is
required. NAU is in the silent phase of a comprehensive fundraising campaign. 


Primary Functions

Fundraising: 70%

  • Prioritize, engage and manage major gifts portfolio of 70-100 prospects capable of philanthropically
    supporting CHHS priorities.
  • Annually solicit and close 12-20 major gifts of $25,000 or more in support of CHHS and campaign
  • Be responsible for the overall leadership and management of the CHHS development efforts. Work with leadership in CHHS to support top priorities, and coach internal partners on fundraising
  • Facilitate interaction with prospects for the CHHS Dean, faculty, staff and other natural partners.
  • Participate fully in the university s comprehensive fundraising program including its prospect
    management system.
  • Help set and then meet visit, contacts, and fundraising goals, and then be directly accountable for
    those goals.

Planning and goal setting: 20%

  • Develop an understanding of the mission and goals of NAU, including knowledge of CHHS and their
    various units and major entities within the University. Work with CHHS and NAU leadership, along with CHHS faculty and staff, to identify prospective
    donors, establish strategic fundraising plans, and execute cultivation/solicitation strategies.
  • Help set and meet goals for visits, contacts, and fundraising targets; then be directly accountable for
    those goals.

Communication and Marketing: 5%

  • Collaborate with the Senior Director of Development and Dean to set and communicate fundraising
    priorities and vision for meeting NAU’s strategic goals with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Work with volunteers, advisory board members, and Foundation Board members to promote CHHS and NAU.

Stewardship: 5%

  • Collaborate with CHHS Dean and Director of Donor Relations on a comprehensive college-wide
    stewardship program to acknowledge and thank donors.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
Minimum of five years’ experience as a front-line fundraiser in a comprehensive development program
or equivalent experience in a related field, such as sales
Established record of closing major gifts or revenue metrics that support organizational priorities

Preferred Qualifications:
Master’s degree in relevant field
Experience in higher education or non-profit setting
Experience in major gift fundraising principles and practices at a major university
Capital campaign experience
Proven ability to engage, motivate, and work with prospects, volunteers, university officials, faculty and
staff or similar constituencies Working knowledge of a donor database
Understanding of and appreciation for Northern Arizona University, its cultural and geographic
specificity, and its commitment to student success
Proven ability to work independently; a self-starter with energy, humility, and enthusiasm
Experience/knowledge of Health Professions education programs.
Experience/knowledge with clinical educational needs within diverse health care settings

Job Information

  • Job ID: 60823792
  • Location:
    Flagstaff, Arizona, United States
    Phoenix, Arizona, United States
  • Position Title: NAU Development Director, College of Health and Human Services
  • Company Name: Northern Arizona University
  • Institution Type: 4-Year College or University/Higher Education Institution
  • Job Function/Discipline: Fundraising
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Experience Level: Mid-Career
  • Required Travel: 25-50%
  • Salary: 85,000.00 - 90,000.00 US Dollars (Yearly Salary)

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