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Job Req ID:  51596

Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations, CTY

Job Title: Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations



The world leader in gifted education since 1979, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is a nonprofit dedicated to the identification and development of the talents of academically advanced K-12 students around the world.  We serve students with advanced talent and their families through programming, research, advocacy, and advising.

CTY is accredited for grades K through 12 by the Middle States Association of College and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. CTY students hail from all neighborhoods and many nations, and our alumni include the cofounder of Google, the CEO of Facebook, and leaders in the sciences, arts, and government.


Position Overview

The Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations will provide strategic leadership to advance the Development and Alumni Relations programs at Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and in attracting and securing private funding to support CTY’s strategic initiatives and priorities.

This position, along with professional and administrative staff, will raise funds from a variety of sources, including parents, alumni, corporations and foundations to support the strategic goals and mission of the organization. This includes:

  • Scholarships for qualifying students from low-income families to participate in CTY’s programs;
  • Professional development for teachers to learn to identify bright students in their classrooms and differentiate teaching methods, to nurture that talent;
  • Internships and other programming for students 16-25 who have generally aged out of our direct programming;
  • Research projects designed to further the scientific understanding of the identification and learning processes of high achievers, and to disseminate those findings; and
  • Advocacy on behalf of the needs of students with advanced talent, with a special emphasis on ensuring proportionate representation of culturally, ethnically, and socio-economically marginalized students.

This position is a dual report to the Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and the Johns Hopkins University Associate Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Lead the evaluation, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of significant prospects and donors.  Develop and execute effective strategies as required to obtain and maintain private sector funding support for CTY’s priorities, working closely with the Executive Director and other key university leadership.
  2. Provide overall strategic leadership for CTY’s fundraising priorities including development operations, annual giving, major gifts, alumni relations, donor communications and publications, donor engagement and other activities.
  3. Serve as a member of CTY’s Senior Leadership Group and work closely with Executive Director to develop private support and priorities for CTY.
  4. Directly build and supervise the development and alumni relations team. Manage staff of professional fundraisers and support personnel in annual work plan and goal setting. Evaluate progress accordingly.
  5. Manage and oversee all constituent engagement activities. Coordinate, as appropriate, with the University’s alumni relations program to develop and implement an outreach strategy to engage alumni and other constituents in supporting CTY.
  6. Manage CTY’s campaign planning process and ensure the fiscal goals and priorities are achieved.
  7. In concert with the Executive Director, establish future campaign priorities and budgets – both program specific and collaborative efforts with other divisions of JHU.
  8. Lead efforts to identify new prospects and develop the prospect pipeline, engaging academic leaders and key volunteers in the process.
  9. Develop campaign themes and outreach and communication strategies.
  10. In collaboration with the Senior Director of Communications and Marketing, create strategies for communications outreach to alumni, parents, constituents, and donors.
  11. Manage the CTY’s two Advisory Council’s. Serve as primary staff to the Domestic Council’s Nominating Committee (recruiting and onboarding new members) and the Development and Strategic Partnerships Committee.
  12. Represent CTY on various university-wide external affairs committees. Sit on the Johns Hopkins University Development and Alumni Relations Management Team.
  13. Operate with a high degree of fiscal responsibility. Work closely with the Senior Director of Finance and Business Affairs to prepare department budget and to provide budget management and oversight of the development budget while providing financial forecasts and projections.
  14. Engage in extensive travel, as needed, to cultivate donors and support CTY’s two advisory councils: domestic and East Asia (currently based in Hong Kong).


Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree is required. Seven years related professional level experience, including at least two years of management experience required.

  • Be able to understand and articulate academic values/goals, and work collaboratively with faculty, administration, students, alumni and volunteer leadership.
  • Be able to establish objectives, set performance standards and organize and motivate a staff team and its individual members to achieve fundraising and alumni relations goals.
  • Have a strong track record of successfully soliciting and managing major and principal gifts in a development setting.
  • Have demonstrated experience with campaign planning, fundraising, project management, events organization and execution.
  • Management, motivational, and programmatic consensus building skills with development professionals.
  • Ability to mentor and manage development professionals and administrative staff.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing advisory boards and volunteer leadership.
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Commitment to use of information technology and the management and understanding of data systems.
  • Aptitude in business and financial acumen; ability to manage budgets and conduct financial analysis to include financial forecasts and projections.


Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degrees are preferred.



Classified Title: Sr. Director Development 
Working Title: Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations, CTY 
Role/Level/Range: L/04/LG 
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 02-MD:Mount Washington Campus 
Department name: 10000090-Development 
Personnel area: University Administration


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