Director of Development (School of Law) - Development & Alumni Relations

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Education - Excluding Post Secondary

Howard University Mission

Howard University is a comprehensive, research-oriented, historically Black private university providing an educational experience of exceptional quality to students of high academic potential with particular emphasis upon the provision of educational opportunities to promising Black students. Further, the University is dedicated to attracting and sustaining a cadre of faculty who are, through their teaching and research, committed to the development of distinguished and compassionate graduates and to the quest for solutions to human and social problems in the United States and throughout the world.

Position Compensation

Salary commensurate with qualifications, education & University guidelines.

Position Information


The Director of Development provides leadership for a school, college, program, or office in their major gift fundraising initiatives. This position works directly with the deans, directors, and specific faculty to develop fundraising priorities and goals, and leads philanthropic revenue generation. 


  • Work closely with Deans, Directors, Chairs, and Faculty to develop fundraising priorities that align with the vision of the President and Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations.
  • Develop a plan for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for a portfolio of 100-150 donors and prospects, with focus on alumni and friends of the University, and is responsible for meeting annual revenue targets.
  • Supervise and manage major gift officers, as assigned.
  • Coordinate programming for alumni with the Director of Alumni Relations

  • Demonstrated proficiency and experience in managing relationships with high-level prospects to secure major gifts
  • Experience with the concepts of moves management as well as a mastery of the fundamentals of major gifts fundraising
  • A basic understanding of planned giving concepts, and an ability to navigate internal processes and structures to the advancement of relationships with donors.
  • Superior written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and relationship building skills.
  • Creative problem-solving skills and the ability to initiate and collaborate with others, at all levels. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work interdependently and independently in a collaborative environment is vital.
  • Experience utilizing fundraising database programs (experience with Raiser’s Edge highly preferred).

    Bachelor's degree and 5 years of relevant experience.

    Note: This position description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required. The university has the right to revise this position description at any time. This position description is not be construed as a contract for employment.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or disability. Veteran status and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities, equal employment opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at (202) 202-806-1280.

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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