The Development and Alumni Relations team at the University of Delaware is committed to making our department the premier place to work in advancement, recruiting and retaining the best the brightest minds in our industry and beyond.


We are dedicated to developing people, not just results, and providing opportunities for collaboration, innovation and advancement. We take calculated risks. We thrive on change and challenges. We work hard and play harder. And we invite you to join us.

From the Vice President

Jim Dicker, Vice President Development and Alumni Relations

"Each member of the DAR staff is hardworking, values a deep commitment to excellence, has a spirit of collaboration, is creative, operates with integrity and brings a fresh, energetic approach to philanthropy. Our team has a direct, tangible impact on the next generation of brilliant minds, compassionate leaders and innovators that will shape our future." 



Employee Benefits and Programs

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Time Away From Work

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Retiree Benefits

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Tuition Benefits

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Career Development

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Health and Life Insurance

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Health and Well-being

More Than A Job

In our office, we work hard and play hard! Our Talent Management team provides numerous opportunities for staff members to flex their professional muscles, as well as connect on a personal level.

DAR Staff are encouraged to seek out professional develop opportunities and present at many conferences throughout the year.

The University and DAR both offer many learning opportunities include management and leadership training, course offered through our Professional and Continuing Studies program, as well as tuition remission toward undergraduate and graduate programs.

The club meets regularly to read, reflect and discuss books with our peers to improve our personal and professional lives.

Onboarding is a crucial time for new hires and the Office of Development & Alumni Relations (DAR).  Will the relationship work?  Does the employee have what they need to be successful?  How we bring new hires into our organization has a lot to do with how quickly they get up to speed and integrate with our goals, mission and culture.  Unlike formal training courses, mentoring often results in much deeper, personalized conversations and feedback. 

The mentor/mentee relationship is a one-year formal commitment and includes weekly and monthly meetings in addition to completing a mid-point and final evaluation form. Individuals interested in mentoring must have a tenure of two or more years in DAR and submit an application.  New employees will be assigned a mentor during onboarding and employees that presently have less than a year of DAR tenure are encouraged to opt into the program, as well. 

DAR staff enjoy a Homecoming event hosted by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
Jacki Piha, Donor Relations

“Working in DAR has given me the tools and confidence to continue to grow personally and professionally. I am grateful to work with and learn from the most amazing colleagues each and every day!”

Jacki Piha
Donor Relations

Michael Miller, Development

"DAR is a great place to work; it’s a great environment. We have a lot of resources here, far more than what I had where I worked before, and they’re very supportive. They give you the training that you need to be a success and the opportunity to be a success. Overall it’s a fantastic place to work."


Michael Miller


Purpose Statement

Create an unrivaled engagement and donor experience to secure philanthropic resources that advances the mission of the university for generations to come.

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