Assistant Director of Development – Yale University


Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include three major museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

General Purpose:

  1. Develop strategies of qualification, cultivation, and solicitation for a portfolio of individual prospects and donors capable of making annual and capital gifts to the Peabody Museum.  Create annual fund communications and manage an annual giving strategy for the Museum.  Perform full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage private (non-federal) grant proposals. Perform prospect research.
  2. Implement solicitation strategies by recommending gift opportunities, ask amounts, and giving vehicles to prospective donors.  Meet activity and revenue goals by managing solicitation mailings and planning and maintaining a schedule of travel.
  3. Collaborate with principal, major, parent, international, reunion and planned giving officers in the central Office of Development, serving as a knowledgeable resource in support of potential prospect/donor development.
  4. Develop opportunities for top prospect engagement with the Museum Director and other museum leaders, scheduling meetings, writing briefings, letters, and other correspondence.
  5. Manage the activities of and correspondence with the Museum’s advisory board.  Assist with planning the advisory board meetings and develop programs and events on an ongoing basis for members. Plan and execute other development programs, events, and group cultivation approaches as appropriate.
  6. Craft all communications for use in fundraising and alumni engagement activities, including correspondence, proposals, brochures, briefings, gift acknowledgements, stewardship reports, donor recognition, and indentures. Manage the presence of museum giving opportunities on the website, updating descriptions and information as necessary.
  7. Write all stewardship correspondence and other donor communications. Manage the stewardship of gifts, including the acknowledgement of gifts in writing and through personal contact. Work with the Museum’s Business Office to ensure that new and existing funds are spent appropriately and ensure that all stewardship obligations are fulfilled.
  8. Works with other Development units (e.g., Planned Giving, Corporate & Foundations, etc.) to identify, engage and steward prospects appropriate for the Museum.
  9. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and five years of experience in development/fundraising, or other relationship-building areas in complex organizations; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Entrepreneurial approach to fundraising, with a keen appreciation for the specific challenges of working with prospects who may lack a direct affiliation and/or involvement with the Museum or Yale University. Knowledge of and proficiency in annual fundraising strategies and techniques.
  • Ability to work regularly and effectively with the Museum Director, Director of Development, other senior members of the Museum, and the university’s academic and administrative leadership. Affinity for the Museum and New Haven and a desire to spread the same feeling to others.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to relate to donors, volunteers, and colleagues as well as University leadership and students. Professionalism, maturity, good judgment, and ability to foster and work well in a team environment. High level of integrity and ability to exercise confidentiality and discretion. Well-developed written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and balance multiple tasks and projects with excellent attention to detail. Knowledge of and proficiency in Microsoft Office and ability to learn University databases.
  • The ability and willingness to travel periodically and work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Preferred Education and Experience: Experience in a museum or cultural environment. Appreciation of natural history and science. Knowledge of corporate and foundation fundraising.

Application: For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at  Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

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