Director of Development, Graduate School of Education

New Brunswick
New Jersey


Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Education (herein GSE) seeks a seasoned, creative and resourceful advancement professional to serve as its next Director of Development.  Arriving on the heels of the University’s highly successful $1+ billion “Our Rutgers, Our Future” campaign, the new Director will have the opportunity to invest in and build on the existing philanthropic momentum at the School.  Ranked first in New Jersey and third in the New York metropolitan region by U.S. News & World Report, the Graduate School of Education has a distinguished record of excellence in teaching, research and service aimed at advancing Excellence and Equity in Education.
Since 1923, Rutgers’ Graduate School of Education (GSE) has been a national leader in preparing highly sought after educators, many of whom serve in the state of New Jersey. As a professional school within Rutgers, a premier public research university and New Jersey’s state university, the GSE is uniquely positioned to offer rigorous master’s and doctoral degree programs as well as research-based professional education for teachers, administrators, and other education leaders. Accordingly, our instructional programs are designed to produce graduates who become effective educational practitioners, transformative educational leaders, and accomplished educational researchers.


The Director of Development will either have a the aptitude to become passionate for and conversant on the mission set forth by the Dean and her colleagues. S/he will play a critically important role in enhancing the School’s existing development efforts, focusing on relationship-driven donor cultivation while seeking innovative new opportunities and partnerships for philanthropic support. S/he will be a proactive leader, providing mentorship and direction to a highly motivated staff while simultaneously being a thought leader and innovative partner to colleagues at the Foundation.


The Director of Development can be expected to have the following personal characteristics and professional qualifications:

  • A minimum of five years of experience in fundraising or related programs. Demonstrated success in cultivation, solicitations, gift closure, and stewardship of six and seven-figure gifts.  The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of fundraising, communications, research, or conservation programs;
  • Demonstrated personal interest in and affinity for education and education related matters, issues, and concerns. At least a bachelor degree (Master’s degree preferable) in education, higher education or a related field;
  • The ability to quickly gain substantive knowledge and comprehension of education programs and initiatives, projects, and activities to effectively present potential giving opportunities to prospective donors;
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills, and to work effectively and collaboratively with various groups of diverse constituencies;
  • Creativity and insight in identifying effective collaborations between institutional goals and needs and prospective donors. The ability to quickly and adeptly learn new concepts, and to effectively communicate them to donors;
  • Experience in non-constituent relations and outreach, especially proven success with corporate and foundation partners. The maturity, judgment, and respect requisite to intelligently engage with leaders of corporations and industries;
  • Integrity, creativity, energy, and independence; a collegial, understanding leadership style that will value team members and institutional partners and will allow an appropriate amount of responsibility delegation;
  • The ability to travel and work during evenings and weekends as needed.

About Us

Created in 1973, the Rutgers University Foundation advances Rutgers' pursuit of excellence in education, research, and public service. The Foundation provides the bridge between donors and the schools, programs, faculty, and students that make up the University. The Foundation helps to match caring people with satisfying and meaningful opportunities to make gifts that have an impact on Rutgers. Founded in 1766, Rutgers is the eighth oldest institution of higher education in the nation. Today, Rutgers, a member of the Association of American Universities, is New Jersey's premier public research institution and flagship state university. More than 100 majors offer students vast opportunities. On July 1, 2014, Rutgers University joined The Big Ten Conference of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization. Our sole mission is to support Rutgers University. 


The Rutgers University Foundation (RUF) offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience.


It is Foundation policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment.


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