Executive Director, Development

Executive Director, Development

locationReno, NV, USA
PublishedPublished: 6/5/2024
ExpiresExpires: 8/4/2024
Fundraising and Sales
Full Time
5 - 7 Years

The University of Nevada, Reno Advancement Division is recruiting for an Executive Director, Development.  This position is responsible for managing the colleges/schools/units/programs development activities necessary to identify and track prospects, potential and current, to support the University’s development and campaign efforts at all levels of giving as it pertains to prospect identification, research, management, tracking and screening.

The position works with all areas of University Advancement to focus on the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects. The EDoD maintains a primary focus on the development and implementation of strategic fundraising plans to enhance giving from higher potential donors. Positions work independently with Deans or other executive staff to manage fundraising projects.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Provide direct supervision, leadership and mentoring of a fundraising team (development staff) for assigned Colleges, Schools, and Units, including central UA
  • Lead recruitment efforts to hire effective and experienced development staff with a focus on building a diverse team.  Network with individuals to create a pool of potential candidates to notify of any openings. Create a recruitment plan that will attract talented higher education development professionals.
  • Continuously improve and implement onboarding program for new development employees.
  • Strategically enhance employee productivity that will result in an increase of philanthropic support and growth of the donor pipeline.
  • Independently engage the Deans and development staff in annual strategic planning to support philanthropic needs of colleges/schools/units/programs.
  • Find funding that may not otherwise be available for a project by networking within the community and creating community partnerships.
  • Implement and oversee smaller fundraising projects with assigned areas and development staff to increase receipt of gifts and to enhance stewardship.
  • Collaborate with other departments within UA to strategically align prospects, both potential and current, in appropriate events such as dinners, athletic events, tailgates, concerts, lectures, etc. so they become better acquainted with the University and see how their philanthropic support can have a positive impact on the faculty, programs and students. 

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree and six (6) years of related professional work experience; OR

Master’s Degree and four (4) years of related professional work experience

Related Experience: Progressively responsible professional experience in areas of development, prospect management and research, strategic planning and data management including one (1) year of supervisory experience.

Compensation Grade

Administrative Faculty - D

Candidates will be hired at the level that is comparable to their experience, knowledge, skills and abilities. To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: Salary Schedules and select Administrative Faculty by Grade. Salary is competitive and commensurate with related education and experience.

Remarkable Retirement

Our retirement plan is beyond compare. Your 17.5% contribution is generously matched by the University.  With the faculty retirement plan, you are 100% vested your first day. Sit back and watch your retirement dollars grow!  All permanent employees on an annual "A" or "B" contract who are employed at least 50% full-time are eligible to participate in the NSHE retirement program unless they are members of PERS of Nevada.

“I had no idea the values of the faculty retirement plan when I joined UNR. On my first day, I found out I was fully vested in my contributions and the company's 17.5% matching. I have watched my retirement grow over the years, not only in contributions, but with investments.  It is hard to put into words how appreciative I am to feel so secure in my future” – Michelle B.

Perks of Working at UNR 

  • Health insurance options including dental and vision - Health Insurance
  • Generous annual and sick leave and life insurance – Faculty Benefits
  • E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers annual or semester memberships and spouse/domestic partner membership options.  E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center
  • Reno is proud to be a University town! Many local businesses offer discounts to WolfCard holders
  • Mountain EAP supports employees (and eligible dependents) through life's difficult moments. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and specializes in counseling and advising services for personal or interpersonal issues.
  • Several Diversity Committees and Affinity Groups focusing on campus-wide diversity initiatives to ensure we are working to create a diverse and welcoming campus climate. Diversity Groups
  • Faculty Senate is the principal representing body for faculty. Its membership includes representatives from each academic and administrative major unit of the University. Faculty Senate
  • No state income tax!

Grants-in-aid for Faculty Employees

The University is proud to provide a reduced-rate tuition benefit to faculty and qualified dependents. Faculty can take up to six credits per semester at a reduced rate. Dependents of faculty have unlimited credits, but in order to be eligible children must be unmarried and under the age of 24 and must receive at least 50% of their financial support from the employee and/or employee’s spouse or domestic partner.  Faculty Grants-in-Aid

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program

Contact Information

Search Coordinator: Joanne Cherep at jcherep@unr.edu



Full-Time Equivalent


Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at jobs@unr.edu.

Attach the following attachments to your application

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three Professional References

4) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.

This posting is open until filled

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

 HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age (40 or older), disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race (including hair texture and protected hairstyles such as natural hairstyles, afros, bantu knots, curls, braids, locks and twists), color, or religion (protected classes). 

Required degree level

  • Bachelor Degree
  • Master

Years of experience

  • 5 - 7 Years