The Brown University Division of Advancement seeks qualified applicants for the position of Associate Director of Parent Engagement.
Non-alumni parents of Brown students and graduates provide a significant share of the philanthropy to the University (15 percent in the last campaign; 20 percent in the BrownTogether campaign as of June 2017). Each year brings a new cohort of families with philanthropic potential, and this constituency requires high-quality, time-sensitive engagement opportunities â“ communications, events, access to faculty and administrators, responsive staff liaisons â“ to ensure that Brown can cultivate an interest in philanthropic support among these families during the relatively brief period of their studentsâ™ enrollment.
The Associate Director of Parent Engagement is responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing the external programming and internal relationships that foster close, rewarding connections on an accelerated timeline between the University and the non-alumni families of undergraduates who have significant development potential, resulting in increased philanthropic support from this important and generous population. The Associate Director proactively monitors the pipeline of top parent prospects to ensure timely attention and robust strategies for each, contributing as appropriate to the development of individual engagement strategies for select Brown parents managed by fundraising colleagues. Additionally, the incumbent manages a personal portfolio of 30-35 non-alumni parent prospects with the capacity to make leadership-level gifts of $15,000 or more to the University annually.
Bachelorâ™s degree required.
Minimum 5 years of relevant experience (development, sales, customer relations, etc.) or equivalent combination of education and experience. If no direct fundraising experience, the incumbent must demonstrate transferable experience from another field.
Experience in a higher education or non-profit setting preferred; direct experience with fundraising, volunteer management and working with parents in a private school or college setting highly desired.
Demonstrated success working with parents in a private school or college setting is preferred.
Strong organizational and planning skills with the ability to initiate, collaborate, implement, monitor, evaluate and advance strategic plans that support the activities of the program and contribute to the overall goals and objectives of Advancement and the fundraising enterprise.
Superior interpersonal skills with proven ability to successfully interact and collaborate with varied constituencies in a professional manner, exhibiting excellent written and oral communication skills, team-building skills, and demonstrating tact, poise and diplomacy while working with a wide variety of personalities. An ability and comfort in meeting and interacting with individuals of considerable social status and affluence is required.
Ability to apply good judgment and proven responsible decision-making skills; tact and discretion is required to deal with highly confidential parent, student, family, donor and prospect information.
Must be a detail-oriented self-starter with a demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple projects and priorities to meet aggressive timelines and challenging deadlines.
Working knowledge of electronic mail and calendars, the Windows environment, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access, and other software such as FileMaker Pro, donor databases, etc.
Must be able and willing to work occasional evenings and weekends.
Must be able and willing to travel throughout the United States to attend relevant programs and events and meet with current and prospective donors. Preference for candidates with an understanding of the Northeastern region and the New York metropolitan area.
All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.
Applicants are asked to provide a cover letter and resume with their applications.
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