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Job ID: 131833

RISD Fund Officer
Rhode Island School of Design

Date Posted Oct. 18, 2019
Title RISD Fund Officer
University Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI, United States
Department Institutional Engagement
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Alumni Relations
    Institutional Advancement
Job Summary

Rhode Island School of Design seeks a talented professional to join the Office of Institutional Engagement. The RISD Fund Officer employs customer relationship management skills to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward new and existing donors in support of the RISD Fund which encourages unrestricted and designated, current use gifts. Concentrating efforts on securing annual gifts from alumni, parents, and friends, the RISD Fund Officer develops an annual plan to cultivate and solicit a portfolio of 150 prospective and current donors for membership in the 1877 Society ($2,500 or more) and Parents' Council ($5,000 or more). Conducting at least 150 personal visits annually, this position creates personalized engagement plans for each assigned prospect and works collaboratively with the Alumni Relations team in leveraging Alumni Association and with the Executive Director, RISD Fund for 1877 Society and Parents' Council cultivation opportunities to engage and steward donors. The RISD Fund Officer also plays a vital role in building the pipeline for the College by assessing the giving capacity and philanthropic interests of assigned individuals and recommending those with major gift capacity ($100,000 or more) for assignment to Philanthropy Officers who will cultivate these donors for multi-year commitments.

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of assigned prospective donors through face-to-face visits, engagement events, and other means. Tasked with personally executing solicitations and closing gifts to secure annual leadership gifts of $2,500 or more for unrestricted and designated, current use purposes.
  • Manage and maintain a portfolio of 150 prospective and current donors.
  • Develop and execute an annual solicitation plan for submitted proposals and gift closures providing gift projections of commitments.
  • Maintain a rigorous schedule of personal contacts with assigned prospects, creating moves management plans related to them that include strategies of engagement and solicitations.
  • Collaborate with the Alumni Relations team and Executive Director, RISD Fund to leverage appropriate Alumni Association, 1877 Society, and Parents' Council events and volunteer opportunities for select prospective and current donors.
  • At the direction of the Executive Director, RISD Fund staff and/or attend assigned 1877 Society and Parents' Council events.
  • Seamlessly transition newly identified prospective and current donors with gift capacity of $100,000 or more to Philanthropy Officers for further relationship development.
  • Utilize Raiser's Edge prospect tracking/management system, which identifies, assigns, rates, and tracks assigned prospects, to comply with department policies and procedures.
  • Conduct independent research through the Institutional Engagement database, Internet sources, and referrals from RISD representatives and volunteers to identify and appropriately engage assigned prospects.


  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • One or more years of fundraising (or related sales) experience devising and executing face-to-face solicitations.
  • Proven ability to communicate and present persuasively, build relationships and influence others.
  • Strong organizational and database skills.
  • Willingness to travel on daily and/or weekly basis locally or assigned geographic territories. Interest/experience in art and design desirable.


Work Schedule:
35 hours per week, 12 months per year

Employment Status:
Full-time, Exempt


Documents Needed to Apply:
Cover Letter
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload all required documents.
The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.
RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

For internal use only - Job Family:
Development - Fundraising


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Contact Information

  • Nicole Da Cruz
    Institutional Engagement
    Rhode Island School of Design


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