At Columbia University's Zuckerman Institute, our mission is to decipher the brain. We believe that understanding how the brain works - and gives rise to mind and behavior - is the most urgent and exciting challenge of our time. Our passionate group of researchers is exploring how the brain develops, performs, endures, and recovers to gain critical insights into human health and behavior for the benefit of people and societies everywhere. Because the brain and mind are central to the human experience - shaping not only our thoughts and feelings, but also our motivations and actions - the potential for discovery is staggering.
Beyond advancements in medicine, greater insight into creativity, decision-making, perception, and language will enrich and ultimately transform a wide range of endeavors - from computer science and the arts, to economics, law and social policy. To meet this pivotal challenge, we have assembled an extraordinary team of world-class neuroscientists, engineers, statisticians, psychologists and other scholars from across Columbia University. Our shared culture of creativity, which extends to our commitment to educate and inspire future generations of scientists and innovators, is made possible in the new Jerome L. Greene Science Center on Columbia's Manhattanville campus - a state-of-the-art facility, purpose-built to spark interaction and the collision of minds.
Reporting to the Vice President for University Development, the Director of Development will lead a comprehensive fundraising effort on behalf of Columbia's Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. The incumbent will be responsible for planning and leading the development operation of the Institute, including the current Campaign for ZMBBI which has just completed year two of five, in addition to the identification, cultivation and stewardship of prospects with capacity to make gifts of $500,000 or more.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Assists in the strategic planning for and lead the day-to-day management of the Campaign for the Zuckerman Institute. This includes, but is not limited to, staffing the leadership of the Zuckerman Institute and other scientists involved in the Institute, coordinating staff assigned to assist with the Campaign, and managing volunteer engagement.
Build and manage a portfolio of up to 100 highly-rated University prospects to strengthen their ties to the institution by discovering their particular interests and crafting giving opportunities which match their interests with the Zuckerman Institute. This work will include the thoughtful involvement of coordinating with senior leaders such as the University President, Senior Executives, Trustees, Deans, alumni leaders, faculty, program heads, and other development officers in order to serve donors optimally and to secure gifts of $1M or higher.
Develop, devise and execute sufficient facility with planned giving to assist prospects and donors in consideration of the full range of giving vehicles
Manage a team of two advancement staff (Associate Director of Development Events and Programs and Assistant Director of Individual Giving).
Bachelor's degree required. Seven to nine years development experience (primarily in major gifts fund raising) or other related senior experience in a philanthropic environment. Travel as needed.
Advanced degree preferred
Demonstrated ability to effectively leverage the time of senior volunteers, and demonstrated success in all phases of personally cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding large gifts ($500,000 and above) from individuals.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills required.
The ability to present complex information in a clear and compelling manner.
Flexibility and the demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast paced environment, effectively handle multiple projects simultaneously.
The capacity to clearly communicate the mission of the Zuckerman Institute is required.
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