As the second part of CohenTaylor’s series of executive searches for Director of Development positions at the UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS, today we’re announcing our search for the DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES

September 19, 2017    
For more information or to send your credentials, please email All inquiries will remain confidential. Please note that relocation is not part of this role.

Founded in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is a Catholic university based in the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The largest private university in Minnesota, St. Thomas offers

bachelor’s degrees in over 85 major fields of study, and more than 45 graduate degree programs, including master’s, education specialist, juris doctor, and doctorate degrees.

Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, students are taught to think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. Students contribute nearly 45,000 hours a year to nonprofits, and more than half of all undergraduate students study abroad, expanding their perspectives inside and outside the classroom. The University is currently looking for a new Director of Development for their College of Arts and Sciences.

The Director of Development, College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) reports to the Associate Vice President of Development, in close cooperation with the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and is a member of the Institutional Advancement team. The Director of Development, CAS advances relationships between prospective donors and the College of Arts & Sciences, with the purpose of securing major gift commitments ($50,000 or more).  The Director of Development, CAS directs and coordinates fundraising efforts for CAS, and s/he manages institution-wide fundraising activities within the college. S/he works to identify and cultivate sources of funding, by planning and implementing short, medium, and long-term fundraising strategies and programs, to meet the current and future needs of CAS. This position is physically located within the College of Arts & Sciences. 

The Director of Development will be responsible for managing portfolios, cultivating and sustaining development partnerships, and managing data and reports. The ideal candidate will be supportive of the convictions and mission of the University of St. Thomas. S/he will also have proven experience representing an organization to various external stakeholders, as well as demonstrated experience planning and implementing strategies for moving donors from identification to solicitation, and ultimately, the proven ability to secure major gifts from individuals. Furthermore, s/he will have an orientation to being confident, diplomatic, and highly motivated- with the ability to influence without authority and achieve annual organizational growth goals.

Minimum of 5 years development experience, as well as knowledge of higher education and the liberal arts. Familiarity with the characteristics of a comprehensive university is a plus. Must be able to work with a variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.