Founded in 1867, Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research-intensive, and historically Black private university, provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students. Moreover, the University is dedicated to attracting and sustaining a cadre of faculty who are, through their teaching, research, and service, committed to the development of distinguished, historically aware, and compassionate graduates and to the discovery of solutions to human problems in the United States and throughout the world. With an abiding interest in both domestic and international affairs, the University is committed to continuing to produce leaders for America and the global community.
The storied University has always had a strong following. But now its rising national prominence is transcending racial and corporate bounds in a moment when it is also transforming its hospital business, answering the call for more diverse wealth generation and talent pools, and shaping the academic futures of a growing number of Black students looking to bolster historically Black colleges and universities.
Throughout the global health crisis, Howard University continues to set record-breaking numbers, having closed eight out of the nine largest gifts in the University’s 153-year history. July 2020 sent an incredibly powerful signal to the philanthropic community at large with a remarkable $40 million gift, the single greatest ever received by the University. The new fiscal year entered with extraordinary momentum, as the University has secured over $100 million in philanthropic investment in just the first six months and alumni giving has increased by 80%. Now is the time to join Howard University’s development team as they forge new terrain on a global stage, in the months and years to come.
Reporting to the Executive Director of Development for Health Sciences, the Director of Development (DoD) will provide leadership for fundraising across the College of Dentistry, the College of Nursing and Allied Health, and the College of Pharmacy.
The best-matched candidate will have a demonstrated track record of supporting successful teams and performing as a gift officer of high integrity. This individual will be mission and values-driven, engaging, entrepreneurial, and highly motivated with superb fundraising, interpersonal, and organizational skills. The DoD’s ability to work effectively as a team member, manage multiple priorities, and meet short and long-term deadlines under pressure will be essential, along with their ability to convey the needs of the medical school to donors and recognize opportunities when the passion of donors intersects with institutional priorities.