Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Director

Duke University in North Carolina

Date Posted June 19, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Occupational Summary

The director of Women in Leadership and Philanthropy in the Office of University Development is responsible for the following key objectives:

1)      Create and implement an ongoing program based on the Women in Leadership and Philanthropy (WiLP) Initiative and its Strategic Plan;

2)      Take sole responsibility for the implementation of the strategic goals of the WiLP initiative: to elevate Duke alumnae as philanthropic and volunteer leaders and to generate significant additional revenue for Duke through contributions from our female constituency;

3)      Develop and implement alumnae engagement efforts focused on cultivating women for philanthropic leadership, promoting women into volunteer leadership roles, and enhancing the institutional culture to better engage women; and

4)      Proactively and strategically partner with frontline fundraisers at Duke University. 


This position reports to the Sr. Assistant Vice President of Principal Gifts and receives administrative and program assistance from the Development Associate and Program Coordinator of Principal Gifts.

Primary Duties

Enhance Dukes fundraising culture to more strategically engage women 

Direct efforts of a steering committee to leverage their involvement regarding program direction and implementation.  Direct professional development opportunities for frontline fundraisers university wide regarding gender and fundraising.  Continually evaluate fundraising practices and design adaptations to meet the key indicators for womens engagement and philanthropy.  Partner with development units across campus to develop strategies to effectively engaging the universitys alumnae constituency. Participate in donor meetings as requested.  Partner with non-development university offices, such as The Duke Alumni Association, informing them of WiLP updates, and facilitating collaborations. Convene the internal advisory council, a small group of prominent non-development administrators, and set a plan for their ongoing role and work.

Create and promote efforts to advance alumnae to leadership roles

Develop a Duke-specific strategy to link high impact to high profile roles, increasing the number of women in volunteer leadership roles, and moving women from volunteer to philanthropic leadership. Organize and maintain an extensive alumnae outreach or tapping program specifically focused on philanthropy in which alumnae identify, contact, and engage other alumnae as volunteers and donors. Determine how best to partner with the Duke Alumni Association for maximum collaboration and effectiveness.  Lead university-wide conversations on issues regarding board representation.  Develop strategies to promote alumnae taking leadership positions on boards and develop an appropriate onboarding experience for new alumnae board members. Develop educational materials and programming for alumnae to understand Dukes path to leadership regarding nomination criteria, roles on boards, and the unique contributions they make as board members.

Direct analysis to increase alumnae giving and coordinate metric-driven activities  

As part of overall philanthropic efforts, develop a Duke-informed Giving Circle to engage Duke alumnae in philanthropic activity; determine structure, develop channels of leadership, and guide and deploy alumnae volunteers. Identify and implement reports that link WiLP activity to the generation of additional revenue for Duke. Monitor progress towards defined metrics to demonstrate an increased rate and amount of alumnae contributions to Duke.  Proactively and strategically develop tools to link alumnae donor interest with university priorities/needs.  Perform front-line fundraising as warranted in the development of the program.

Bolster and streamline alumnae engagement opportunities

Create, develop, and implement programmatic initiatives that address the stated goals of WiLP. Develop and pilot ongoing regional activity for alumnae with leadership gift capacity, develop a giving circle, promote internal training and engagement opportunities for Duke fundraisers, and develop ongoing alumnae advisory function. Partner closely with the Duke Alumni Association, connecting WiLP to DAAs strong alumnae programming. Partner with development officers to ensure knowledge of DAAs and Dukes current opportunities for engagement. Develop program metrics to measure engagement based on participation rate, board service, and, eventually, increased gifts from high net worth alumnae. Evaluate and report on success on a quarterly basis. Develop programs in donor education to be highlighted in a variety of formats, including events, webinars, written communications, use of social media, and others. Work with the Development Communications team to develop a WiLP communications plan to engage and inform alumnae on a regular basis and to produce gender-targeted collateral materials about campaign priorities.  Effectively manage budget provided to support WiLP activities. Some travel required to regional events and frontline work when necessary.


-          Bachelors degree required. 

-          Commitment to Duke Universitys mission and the mission of Women in Leadership and Philanthropy.

-          Demonstrated successful experience and effectiveness in major gift fundraising or alumni relations.

-          An entrepreneurial spirit, as demonstrated by past creative, proactive, and innovative projects.

-          Ability to manage a comprehensive program involving a variety of stakeholders.

-          Experience managing boards and/or volunteers.

-          Demonstrated ability to think creatively about gender issues within institutions of higher education.

-          Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and negotiate with colleagues across campus in a decentralized development organization.

-          Ability and comfort level working with senior leadership and alumnae of wealth.

-          Demonstrated experience in complex institution of higher education

-          Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Minimum experience required: 5-10 years relevant experience in project, program and/or volunteer management, or fundraising.

Interested Applicants

Please email your cover letter and resume to jobs@dev.duke.edu

Please put WiLP Director in the subject line of the email.


About Duke

How do you move the world forward?

You move Duke forward. It is an exciting time to join the Office of University Development as Duke continues its $3.25 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign, Duke Forward. By focusing our investment and expansion in three areas—enriching the Duke experience, activating Dukes power for the world, and sustaining Dukes momentum—we can give Dukes talented students, faculty, and medical practitioners opportunities to advance ideas, make new connections, and move the world forward.


The campaign launched on September 29, 2012. For Fiscal Year 2011-12, Duke University was recognized by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for overall performance in educational fundraising, and in 2013-14 we celebrated a new record for philanthropic contributions.


In July 2013, the Chronicle of Higher Education announced that Duke has been recognized for the sixth consecutive year among a select group of schools in its Great Colleges to Work For program.


We are committed to fostering an environment where creativity, collaboration, and excellence are celebrated. Additional Information about Duke University Development can be found at http://dukeforward.duke.edu/


Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individuals race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, or disability.

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