Director of Development, School of Social Work

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA, USA Remote



Full time

Jan 25

The University of Pittsburgh's Division of Philanthropic & Alumni Engagement (PAE) cultivates relationships with contributors, alumni, and other constituents on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC, generating support for teaching, research, and care. As the hub for development and alumni relations efforts, PAE contributes to a bold, vibrant, and diverse academic community. Primarily, we focus on:

  • Philanthropy to the University and UPMC which drives innovation and enhances opportunities for students, faculty, researchers, and clinicians
  • Alumni relationships expressed across a community of 318,000 alumni spanning the globe

This purposeful, collaborative work-supported by your engagement and giving-ensures that Pitt and UPMC grow stronger each year, benefitting this community, our region, and the wider world.

PAE fosters an intentionally inclusive workforce through a diversity framework that commits to collaborating and expanding the culture, identity, and wholeness of every staff member in measurable and deliberate ways.

Flexible hybrid and/or remote work opportunities may be available for this position.

PAE is seeking a Director of Development, School of Social Work to join a progressive team within our Individual Giving Schools & Centers

The Director of Development for the School of Social Work in PAE is responsible for all fundraising activities in support of the School of Social Work and will function within University-wide development and alumni relations leveraging central resources and collaboration.

The director is responsible for:

  • Individual major and special gift fundraising, which includes identifying, cultivating, and soliciting prospects, stewarding donors, and managing the gift pipeline for the school
  • Partnering with PAE colleagues in Corporate and Foundation Relations on potential gifts and grants from foundations and corporations
  • Serving as the key partner for the dean on all development, board of visitors, alumni relations, and donor stewardship initiatives, and will work collaboratively with the dean, faculty, and others to develop compelling cases for support for school funding priorities and to execute fundraising strategies for these priorities
  • Serving as the primary liaison to the central major gift team for the School of Social Work, as well as PAE's alumni annual giving team
  • Supervising a Development Associate

Required Competencies:

  • Bachelor's degree and 7 years of direct fundraising experience and/or relatable/transferrable experience/skills
  • Possess and demonstrate a track record of success in closing major gifts ($100K+)
  • Strong project management, organizational and leadership skills
  • Superior interpersonal communication, oral, written and persuasion skills
  • Experience navigating complex work settings
  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office products and social media platforms to facilitate work

This position requires regular travel and occasional evening and weekend work.

Preferred Competencies:

  • Knowledge and experience working in a non-profit fundraising environment, as well as building strategic partnerships internally and externally and leveraging relationships to advance strategic objectives

Knowledge of and experience working in the higher education environment and the ability to translate that mission in ways that engage and inspire donors and alumni

The University of Pittsburgh is committed to championing all aspects of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within our community. This commitment is a fundamental value of the University and is crucial in helping us advance our mission, which includes attracting and retaining diverse workforces. We will continue to create and maintain an environment that allows individuals to discover, belong, contribute, and grow, while honoring the experiences, perspectives, and unique identities of all.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets.

The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt constituents (employees and students) on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Visit to learn more about this requirement.

Assignment Category Full-time regular

Job Classification Staff.Development.IV

Campus Pittsburgh

Minimum Education Level Required Baccalaureate

Minimum Experience Level Required 6-9 years experience

Work Schedule Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m

Work Arrangement Hybrid: Combination of On-Campus and Remote work as determined by the department.

Hiring Range TBD Based Upon Qualifications

Relocation Offered No

Visa Sponsorship Provided No

Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check

Child Protection Clearances Not Applicable

Required Documents Resume, Cover Letter

Optional Documents Not Applicable

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