Director of Development Academic Affairs 3435BR University Development and Engagement Development and Alumni Relations
Professional Area: Professional/Administrative Employment Category: Fulltime Staff Job Function: Development and Alumni Relations Wage Band: 120A
The Division of Development and Alumni Relations is dedicated to advancing the mission and vision of RIT. Strategically critical to achieving the university’s goals, the Division of Development and Alumni Relations nurtures lifelong, mutually beneficial relationships with alumni, parents, friends, faculty/staff and organizations resulting in deeper connections, greater volunteer engagement and increased philanthropic support. We are a team-oriented, highly collaborative Division working with all areas of the university to maximize fundraising opportunities and alumni involvement.
Detailed Job Description The Director of Development serves as point person for all philanthropic activities of RIT's Innovative Learning Complex and the College of Liberal Arts. The Director manages a prospect portfolio of alumni, parents, friends, and corporations with giving capacities of $50,000 and higher. The director creates and nurtures sustainable relationships with these constituents that lead to major gifts ($50,000-$1,000,000), matching donors' interests to the priorities of the university. S/he works collaboratively with university and divisional leadership to ensure their success. The Director of Development reports to the Senior Director of Development and works with the Institute-wide development team on behalf of RIT.
A successful Director will thrive in their ability to create long-lasting relationships that center around the donor's interests, achieve mutually beneficial relationships, and provide the satisfaction of helping donors fulfill their passions and interests through their philanthropy to the Innovative Learning Complex and the College of Liberal Arts.
Build and manage a portfolio of approximately 100 prospects
Develop and implement strategies to ensure proper qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of portfolio prospects
Maintain consistent communications with prospects and create engagement opportunities leading toward lasting relationships between individuals and the university
Actively participate in RIT's events and work collaboratively with Alumni Relations teams to engage donors of this level across all appropriate aspects of the university
Meet expectations for annual goals for gift revenue, solicitations and visits
Conduct a minimum of 100 face-to-face meetings annually to cultivate, solicit and steward RIT donors. When appropriate, these visits may include college or university leadership, faculty members, or colleagues
Create detailed engagement, cultivation and solicitation plans for the top-tier prospects in his/her portfolio.
Required Minimum Qualifications
Minimum 5 years of experience and track record of successful major gift fundraising or relationship-based marketing/sales experience
Able to formulate creative and effective strategies
Strong, proven communication skills, both written and verbal
Well organized with excellent follow-through
Computer proficient with appreciation for data and details
Willingness to travel locally, regionally, nationally
Demonstrated experience working in a collaborative and team-oriented setting
PLEASE NOTE: The individual hired for this position will be required to:
Preferred Qualifications Prior fundraising experience in higher education. High level of energy plus demonstrated initiative and flexibility.
Required Application Documents Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume
How to Apply In order to be considered for this position, you must apply for it at: http://careers.rit.edu/staff. Click the link for search openings and in the keyword search field, enter the title of the position or the BR number.
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