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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Mission Statement

MDentistry: advancing health through education, service, research and discovery.

MDentistry Core Values: Compassion, Leadership, Excellence, Responsibility, Trust, Creativity, and Inclusion

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by:  -Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences.  -Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.


The Development Director Senior will be the top operational advancement position for the School of Dentistry and have overall management responsibility for all staff and all programming associated with Alumni Relations and Development. This person will have full management responsibility for a professional and administrative staff of five individuals. This person will serve as the primary liaison to the School's Marketing and Communications team and also be responsible for department budgeting across Alumni Relations staff, events and programs. This person will serve as part of the Dean's Leadership Team and on other school-wide strategic committees as assigned. As the School's Chief Development Officer, this person will represent the team at campus-wide advancement meetings and other development leadership and campaign-related strategy sessions and planning retreats.

The Development Director Senior will serve as the School's Campaign Director. This will include oversight and management of campaign planning, both within the School with all of the various constituencies and specialty programs and across campus as part of the overall University campaign. Goal and objective setting, global and department-specific priority identification are all under the direction of this person. Similarly, donor and prospect research, identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship are the responsibility of this leader, inclusive of individuals, corporations and foundations.

The Development Director Senior will also personally manage an evolving portfolio of major gift prospects and donors and be evaluated using appropriate prorated metrics and analytics.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 8 years experience working in alumni relations and development with a commitment to higher education. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse alumni and faculty populations and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Demonstrated highly performing leadership abilities with strong written and verbal communication skills.  Demonstrated track record in successful development activities in both major gifts and annual giving.  Excellent interpersonal communication skills with emphasis on relationship building and strategic planning. Demonstrated ability to successfully manage and motivate a team and creatively mobilize resources. The successful candidate will have an exemplary track record in organization, attention to detail, and nimbleness in a fast-paced environment.

Desired Qualifications*

Master's degree preferred, 10 years of experience in Alumni Relations and Development, working knowledge of the UM DART system or comparable systems and metrics associated with fundraising.

Work Locations

This position is located at the School of Dentistry at 1011 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


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