Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC), serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for fifty years, offers over 90 associate degrees and certificates, customized training and continuing education. The College's 240-acre campus lies at the crossroads of central New Jersey in North Branch. RVCC is committed to being a learning-centered college that works closely with the community to develop and offer new and innovative programs to meet the needs of a growing diverse community and student population.
The College is accepting applicants for an Executive Director of Foundation.
Under the direction of the Vice President for Strategic Programs and Development, the Executive Director of the RVCC Foundation provides leadership and management of the vision, planning, and execution of fundraising and development-related activities that benefit the College. The Executive Director is responsible for overall strategic planning, revenue generation, financial management, organizational development, staff management, and program operations.
The Executive Director is responsible for aligning the Foundation's strategic plan with that of the College's strategic plan to meet the established goals of the College and to advance the mission of the Foundation through relationship management, fiduciary responsibility, organizational stewardship, and advocacy. The Executive Director of the RVCC Foundation works with the Foundation Board of Directors, the President of the College, senior executive staff, deans, faculty, staff, administrators, and students.
Areas of Responsibility include:
Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors, building long-term and meaningful relationships. Forge innovative partnerships with corporations, businesses and foundations to identify and secure new funding sources to launch new initiatives that benefit RVCC students and faculty. Build and maintain a diverse, participatory, and committed Foundation Board of Directors.
Work closely with Foundation staff and provide oversight of annual giving activities and campaign projects. Maintain close relationships with faculty, staff, administrators, and students to ensure the Foundation is responsive to the needs of the College community.
Plan and administer the Foundation's annual operating budget, and provide regular financial monitoring reports to the Foundation Board of Directors.
Exhibit impeccable ethical judgment. Comply with all the regulations of the Foundation's By-Laws and 501C3 regulations. Develop and implement procedures and policies with the Foundation Board of Directors that serve the best interest of RVCC and donors.
Ensure the Foundation has appropriate operational systems to accurately record and monitor donor activity. Supervise all resource development database operations, including donor prospect research, cultivation, acknowledgement systems, and all grant reporting systems. Monitor program outcomes and exhibit strong fiscal management.
Represent the College and the Foundation at corporate meetings, government meetings, and public forums, and build long-term relationships with community/business/government organizations. Develop strategic communications vehicles and provide clear, concise, and compelling messaging that inspire individuals, foundations, and corporations to engage with the Foundation. Promote RVCC's visibility through membership in community forums, civic organizations, and other activities that align with the mission of the College.
Staff the Foundation Board of Directors, providing support for quarterly committee and Board meetings, annual activities, projects, and more. Manage board recruitment and development.
Work with the College Board of Trustees, the President, the College's Executive Staff, the Foundation Board of Directors, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and other volunteers to identify, develop, and implement appropriate and diverse fundraising activities that address College priorities and raise significant funds to support existing programs and new initiatives.
Provide oversight of the Foundation staff's activities with annual giving that includes grant writing, cultivation and stewardship of donors, special events, direct mail, alumni association activities, and other development-related activities.
Develop and implement plans, materials, and prospect development for capital campaigns, special event activities, planned giving, and annual campaigns.
Represent the College in external relationships with individual donors, corporations, foundations, public officials, community leaders, alumni, and parents of students.
Establish annual benchmarks and goals. Prepare and maintain appropriate records and reports.
Coordinate an effective program for recognition and stewardship of significant donors.
Prepare and monitor the annual budget and expenditures of the Foundation Office. Verify and reconcile the expenditure of budgeted funds.
Maintain professional affiliations and enhance professional growth by keeping abreast of latest trends in development, and continually improve upon these for the benefit of the College and its Foundation.
Oversee the Foundation's website and social media platforms.
Perform additional duties as assigned.
A Bachelor's degree is required. A minimum of 8 to 10 years of progressively responsible fundraising experience including annual giving, planned giving, personal solicitation of major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, grant writing, volunteer training, and board development. Experience in higher education preferred.
Proven track record of securing gifts at a major gift level and being a strong relationship builder, who genuinely enjoys connecting donors with their interests. Demonstrated success and evidence of ability to plan and execute a gifts campaign.
Demonstrated ability to lead a staff team and manage multiple tasks and projects.
Exemplary communications skills (both written and verbal). Excellent managerial and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated computer competency and knowledge of Word, Excel, and fundraising database management.
Flexibility to work some nights and weekends.
As a New Jersey First Act Employer, new employees must establish a primary residence in New Jersey within one year unless an exemption applies.
RVCC's starting salary is commensurate with educational qualifications and experience. We also offer an attractive benefits package.
For consideration of the above position, please submit your cover letter and resume online
We regret that we are unable to respond to each and every resume received. Only those candidates of interest will be contacted directly.
Raritan Valley Community College is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan Employer. We will implement the policy to assure that the employment opportunities offered at the institution are available to all person.