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Job Req ID:  107466

Assistant Director, Leadership Programs

Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) supports Johns Hopkins focus on research, teaching and patient care, and its role as a national and global leader in higher education. We create and foster enduring relationships that result in advocacy and philanthropic support for Johns Hopkins University & Medicinestrengthening the institution through partnerships with donors, alumni, volunteer leaders, faculty, students, staff, and patients.

Introduction to Leadership Programs

Leadership Programs is part of the Principal Gifts Team and is responsible for identifying and cultivating potential leadership prospects for all divisions of Johns Hopkins. The office works closely with university and divisional leadership teams and the office of the Board of Trustees. Over the course of the establishment of the Leadership Programs office, nine former participants were elected to the Johns Hopkins Board of Trustees and 64 Leadership Fellows Emeriti have served or are serving on divisional advisory boards or councils. Working with research, Leadership Programs has developed list of close to 1000 leadership prospects for university divisions.


The assistant director works in partnership with the executive director to create and execute development plans for Leadership Programs. The assistant director provides overarching stewardship and programmatic implementation for these programs.

The assistant director is responsible for managing the list of leadership candidates from throughout the university. As such, the assistant director is responsible for the planning and implementation of leadership events and communications for the Leadership Fellows, a university-wide program designed to identify and develop a diverse cadre of leaders, who at the completion of the program, will be well prepared and informed divisional advisory board/council members. In addition, the assistant director will liaise with DAR research and propose additions to and monitor the Leadership Pipeline, a tracked list of potential leadership for the central university and divisions including potential members for the Leadership Fellows program.

This individual supports the executive director by working with coordinator to maintain records in the university/DAR database, and with some reconciling expenses, planning travel and managing appointments. This position requires some work outside the normal business hours.


1. Engagement and stewardship

Event planning and execution

  • Plan and implement the Leadership Fellows two-year curriculum: a deep dive into all aspects of the university during which they are privy to confidential information about the workings of the university, experience close contact with university and school leaders, etc. to prepare them to play a vital role as future leaders in shaping the university. Leadership Programs is currently working with its fourth cohort of the Fellows.
  • Strategically plan and implement, three to four multi-session Leadership Fellows meetings per year. Responsible for determining all event logistics and implementation including compiling strategic invitation lists, determining and managing invitations and communications vehicles including social media and other means appropriate to leadership constituents. Liaising with caterers and venue staff, compiling materials, organizing lodging and ground transportation, arranging host and participant gifts, and coordinating audio/visual needs.
  • Along with the executive director of leadership programs, BOT and DAR offices, design and manage events to engage current and emeriti Leadership Fellows, as well as new future leaders with university leadership.
  • Work with executive director to develop invitation lists for emerging and newly identified leaders for regional special events, including those with President Ron Daniels and or Vice President Fritz Schroeder.
  • Work with divisions to track current and emeriti Leadership Fellows volunteer leadership paths
  • Along with the executive director and divisions make strategy recommendations for future Leadership Fellows volunteer opportunities.
  • Organize industry and/or topic specific meetings with the Board of Trustees (BOT) (Real Estate, for example) and current/emeriti members of the Leadership Fellows.
  • Arrange individual meetings with BOT members and the executive director with targeted prospects the Pipeline.
  • Prepare and manage campus visits for volunteer leaders and related alumni/friends.

2. Communications and marketing

  • Manage communications for Leadership Programs which can include content dissemination on social media or communications vehicles used by leadership constituents.
  • Communicate with deans, university leadership, trustees regarding events.
  • Prepare briefings for event speakers and key attendees.
  • Maintain updated materials for Leadership Programs including brochures, descriptions, bios, and spreadsheets.
  • Manage the Leadership Fellows website:
  • Along with the executive director, determine content to be included on the site including posts about the meeting schedules, meeting materials, speaker bios and membership roster.
  • Communicate with associate deans, directors of development and other appropriate DAR staff on leadership activities, meeting participation and leadership/presidential engagement of prospects.
  • Manage the invitation process for Leadership Programs.
  • Manage virtual community/special touches to engage those on the leadership pipeline

3. Research

  • Manage leadership pipeline list of over six hundred emerging volunteer leaders from all divisions in Excel and DAR database. Maintain and update employment for all constituents.
  • Arrange and participate in 2-3 meetings per year with all divisions to update leadership pipeline.
  • Serve as liaison with DAR Research to identify potential prospects for the Leadership Pipeline and Leadership Fellows, and other potential leadership groups.
  • Assist the divisions in identifying new and unknown leadership prospects for discovery.
  • Work with Research to identify potential leadership candidates for the divisions and university who represent the diversity of our students, alumni, and programs.

4. Fundraising

  • Strategy and execution
  • Participate in the development of strategies and innovations to advance the work of the Leadership Programs and enhance its value to the University and Health System.
  • Prepare and execute proposals and gift agreements for alumni leaders and other donors.
  • Substantiate prospects, development actions, proposals and gifts for the executive director in the DAR database.

5. Travel

  • Maximizes executive directors prospect travel through facilitation of outreach and engagement with donors and potential donors.
  • Along with the coordinator, support the executive director in fundraising efforts by organizing travel, meetings, and calendar.

6. Infrastructure


  • Work in conjunction with the executive director to provide budgetary responsibility for Leadership Programs, including overall monitoring, reporting, and understanding of the budget.
  • Manage and track budget with expenditures.

Talent management

  • Assist executive director to mentor staff by motivating and educating them through the development process.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Two years related experience.
  • Additional graduate level education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Four years or more of professional experience is preferred.
  • Experience should include volunteer management, fundraising, or a related field, preferably in an institution of higher education.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills; excellent attention to detail; ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and effectively; ability to make independent decisions, and the discernment to know when independence is warranted; ability to work as part of an effective team with a results-oriented approach.
  • Excellent computer skills and ability to learn new development computer software systems.
  • Familiarity with University programs as well as ALADIN/JHAS (JHU Development Database) are highly desirable. Includes some work outside of normal working hours and on the weekends.

All applicants are expected to uphold the universitys core values which includes diversity and inclusion. All staff treat people with dignity and respect by being fair and consistent. We demonstrate an open-minded approach to understanding people regardless of their race, gender, age, national origin, religion, ethnicity, disability status or other characteristics. We show respect for the beliefs and traditions of others; encourage and promote practices that support cultural diversity; and discourage behaviors or practices that may be perceived as unfair, biased, or critical toward people with certain backgrounds.

 Classified Title: Development Associate 
Working Title: Assistant Director, Leadership Programs   
Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PB  
Starting Salary Range: Min: $44,850 - Midpoint: $61,600 - Maximum: $78,360 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: Homewood Campus 
Department name: 10001648-Principal and Leadership Gifts 
Personnel area: University Administration 


Total Rewards
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University’s good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here:


Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

**Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate’s conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.


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