Giving to Yale

Director of Development for Science Strategy

Reporting to the associate vice president for development, the director of development for science strategy is responsible for developing and implementing fundraising strategies to create awareness, interest, and engagement for a range of prospects in support of university priorities and academic initiatives in STEM fields at Yale. The director of development for science strategy will lead and coordinate efforts in fundraising planning and generating support for STEM. She/he will identify areas of funding opportunity and play a leading role in the planning and implementation of an effective cultivation, solicitation and stewardship program. The director will be responsible for working with relevant STEM leadership, faculty and staff to enhance communication and awareness of development goals. As appropriate, she/he will engage high-wealth individuals, corporations and foundations and work closely with faculty to augment development efforts with the donor community. The director also serves as the primary STEM content resource to fundraising units.

Essential Duties

  1. Act as primary strategist to increase capacity to raise money in the sciences at Yale.
  2. Work across academic, development and institutional disciplines to identify university science priorities and funding opportunities and facilitate building of faculty and development teams to staff these cases.
  3. Create and advance fundraising strategies, solicitations and stewardship plans for a university-wide portfolio of principal and major gift prospects.
  4. Strategize on principal and major gift-focused cultivation, stewardship events, dinners, and visits.
  5. Cultivate, solicit, and steward individuals, corporations and foundations with connections to STEM fields.
  6. Within this director’s portfolio, institute policies to grow the portfolio of Yale University prospects and donors for the sciences, especially for non-traditional donors such as friends.
  7. Maintain advanced knowledge and understanding of development approaches and best practices in fundraising to effectively engage with donors.
  8. Effectively represent Yale University and its scientific activities through verbal and written communication.
  9. Manage a limited portfolio of principal and major gift prospects.
  10. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required education and experience

Bachelor’s degree and seven years of experience in development/fundraising or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skills and abilities

  1. Comfortable working in a fast-paced matrixed organization with multiple stakeholders.
  2. Demonstrated ability to manage competing demands and changing pace of priorities.
  3. Comfortable dealing with all levels of university staff.
  4. Entrepreneurial and independent while at the same time, deeply collaborative.
  5. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal and organizational skills and attention to detail. Comfort in translating and relaying scientific content to a variety of key audiences.
  6. Knowledge of donor databases.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills

Advanced degree. Professional fundraising in higher education or other non-profit setting.