The Director of Advancement Initiatives reports to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Lehman College and serves as a key member of the fundraising team, participating in developing strategies to achieve department-wide goals and lead efforts to create and facilitate a vibrant culture of philanthropy and service which includes working with high-level donors.
In addition to the CUNY Title Overview, duties include but are not limited to:
- Create and implement strategies for increased outreach, brand recognition and giving; assist in facilitating effective executive decision-making.
- As a Special Gifts Officer, develop and cultivate a portfolio of donors giving between $2,000 and $15,000 with whom you meet regularly and create schedules of their involvement over the academic year for annual solicitation.
- Act as a strategic advisor to Vice President and Institutional Advancement staff members.
- Execute, manage, and track strategic initiatives to support College’s fundraising goals.
- Oversee the proper administration of the acknowledgment process, ensuring timely, accurate and mission-appropriate acknowledgments at the level of $2,000 and above; work with team to ensure reporting on visits with prospects and donors are documented.
- Work closely with high-performing team focused on key strategic priorities; assign prospect and donor pools to staff and create a reporting structure on Moves Management.
- Participate in and/or lead special events planning.
- Oversee contract with outside research consultant.
- Collaborate with academic departments to help identify need for individual and corporate investments and develop funding and grant proposals.
- Recruit and encourage alumni and volunteers for fundraising committee to meet departmental fundraising goals.
- Write development materials including short proposals, acknowledgements, and letters.
- Bachelor’s degree and eight years’ related experience required
- Experience in development/special events, including planning large-scale galas
- Confidence and poise to work effectively with individuals of significant wealth
- Understanding of philanthropy in New York City as well as familiarity with the charity events calendar
- Ability to interact with a wide range of contacts from board members and high-level donors to staff and event volunteers
- Excellent project management and organizational skills
- Experience managing budgets and planning project timelines
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
- Adaptability to changing circumstances in a highly collaborative environment
- Must have a flexible schedule and be willing to work nights and weekends as necessary
- Organizational expertise and reporting skills; demonstrated experience taking operationally complex projects from idea to fruition, building development plans and team to execute
- Ability to think both short-term and long-term
- Data-informed: ability to investigate disparate data and structure data-driven arguments
The ability to communicate in writing is an important job-related competency. All candidates will draft a writing sample as part of the interview process to demonstrate their ability to write memos and letters that are grammatically correct and express information clearly.
CUNY TITLE OVERVIEW
Develops and implements strategies to secure major gifts to a College or Unit.
- Creates and implements thoughtful strategies to attract gifts from donors and prospects; works with management to establish, and meet, goals and targets
- Builds relationships, seeking new donors through prospecting using a variety of sources, and maintaining ongoing relationships with existing donors, collaborating with College and University management
- Ensures reporting requirements are completed in timely and accurate manner; utilizes automated systems for tracking and reporting
- Adheres to established protocols such as the University’s gift acceptance policy
- Performs related duties as assigned.
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COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Salary commensurate with education and experience.
CUNY’s benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.
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June 20, 2018
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