Director of Development, Rice 360° Institute for Global Health

Rice University

Posted: 2/24/2021

Position Type: Full-Time

Function: Fundraising/Development

Primary domain: Science/Technology

City: Houston

Postal code: 77005

State: Texas

Country: United States

Organization Information:


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Mission statement:



With global partners

  • We discover & evaluate the biological, social, economic & structural factors that give rise to health inequities.

  • We educate & empower students across disciplines to lead & collaborate to solve complex global health challenges.

  • We design scalable solutions to address unmet health needs around the world.

  • We thoughtfully implement these innovative solutions.

  • We commit to achieving equitable and quality healthcare for everyone, everywhere.

Position Details:

Job Description:

The Rice University, Rice 360° Institute for Global Health offers innovative research and education programs to design and implement new technologies to solve global health challenges. Through a global health technologies minor, international summer internships, and post-baccalaureate fellowships, early stage technologies are prototyped, evaluated, refined, deployed and scaled across the world. Rice 360° has become a leader in global health education, research and implementation, focused on experiential and problem-based learning, and recognized as a model of excellence by Science magazine and the US National Academy of Engineering.

The Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST360°) global consortium, led by Rice 360°, is committed to ensuring that hospitals across sub-Saharan Africa can deliver life-saving care for small and sick newborns, by developing and distributing a bundle of high-quality technologies and services for newborns, building the human resources to support newborn care and innovation, and developing the policy and investment case to scale and sustain the systems change. In partnership with an international group of engineers, physicians, health experts and entrepreneurs from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Sub-Sahara Africa, Rice 360° has launched the NEST program Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria.

Rice 360° is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the position of director of development. The director of development, under the supervision of the Rice 360° executive director and the faculty co-directors, Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Dr. Maria Oden, is responsible for advancing the Institute’s mission by expanding the Institute’s donor base and increasing donor support. This position is responsible for planning, organizing and managing the development of alumni engagement programs, select annual giving campaigns, major gift ($250K+) support, foundation grants, and other development programs for Rice 360° and its constituent departments, with a primary focus on funding for the next phase of NEST360°. This position will also manage the Rice 360⁰ Advisory Board. All activities are coordinated closely with the Development and Alumni Relations division.

The ideal candidate has extensive experience with: securing $1M+ donor commitments; knowledge and understanding of Rice University, including its traditions, programs, campus issues, needs and priorities; cultivating support for global health and development issues of the global south, engineering education and innovation programs and/or maternal, neonatal and child health programs; and working in a multi-cultural environment; as well as willing and able to travel on occasion to sub-Saharan Africa.


Education required: Bachelor's Degree

Experience required: 7 years related experience in successful major gift, corporation and/or foundation fundraising experience.

Experience preferred:

- Fundraising experience in an institution of higher education
- Fundraising experience with bi-/multi-lateral funds and/or private foundations

Skills required: 

- Ability to develop and initiate new strategies
- Advanced problem solving skills
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills
- Ability to work well under pressure and manage projects simultaneously
- Excellent organizational and time management skills
- Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
- Excellent data analysis skills
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet expected deadlines and schedules
- Adept at problem solving, creating contingency plans and handling issues when necessary
- Excellent client service orientation and attention to detail
- Ability to lead and motivate others
- Strategic skills to craft and implement fundraising and/or project plans
- Excellent attention to detail and ability to quickly understand and remember details about alumni/donors and projects to which they are assigned


Not Specified


$100k - 120k

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