Assistant Director of Advancement 5675BR University Advancement Development
Detailed Job Description Position Summary The Assistant Director of Advancement works closely with university senior administrators, department leadership and faculty to raise the necessary support for identified priorities. Manages a portfolio of approximately 125-150 prospects, creates fundraising strategies for all prospects, develops relationships with donors, solicits gifts primarily between $5,000 and $100,000, and coordinates effective donor stewardship. As RIT seeks to expand its prospect pipeline, the associate director will be expected to obtain 180 visits a year, including a significant number of discovery visits. The Assistant Director cultivates relationships with alumni, parents, companies and other friends and collaborates with the teams in planned giving, principal giving, alumni relations, parent engagement, regional advancement, and corporate and foundation relations to encourage donors to support RIT initiatives. The Assistant Director of Advancement reports to the Director of Advancement and works with the Institute-wide Advancement team on behalf of RIT.
The Assistant Director of Advancement is expected to work collaboratively and constantly seek ways to increase effectiveness and efficiency to reach yearly metrics.
Develop an understanding of the educational, research, operational, and financial needs and goals of their assigned College(s)
Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward leadership annual gift and major gift donors and prospects in coordination with faculty, staff, and volunteers through the proper clearance process
Manage a portfolio of approximately 125-150 prospects, creating fundraising strategies for those prospects, and regularly solicit gifts in the $5,000 - $100,000 range
Assist in planning, coordinating, and directing special events for donors and prospects
Make appropriate use of time and resources; plan travel efficiently; continuously update the prospect management database with information related to donor strategies, proposals, contacts, and results.
Other duties as assigned by the Director of Advancement of their assigned College(s)
Department/College Description Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. We are dedicated to building a diverse community, one where employees feel a sense of belonging, and are valued for their contributions and the perspectives they bring.
As a member of the RIT community, you'll receive a comprehensive employee benefits package that offers multiple options and access to additional employment advantages. You can tailor your benefit elections to meet your needs (affordable medical/dental/vision benefits; paid vacation/sick time/retirement saving plan with exceptional employer match; and tuition assistance for you and your family, to name a few).
The Assistant Director of Advancement will partner with one of these colleges/divisions to cultivate relationships with alumni, parents, companies and other friends and collaborates with the teams in planned giving, principal giving, alumni relations, parent engagement, regional advancement, and corporate and foundation relations to encourage donors to support RIT initiatives.
Kate Gleason College of Engineering and College of Engineering Technology: Advancement staff for the Kate Gleason College of Engineering and the College of Engineering Technology work closely with university senior administrators, department leadership, and faculty to raise the necessary support for identified priorities. The colleges prepare students to meet the existing and future needs of industry and solve significant engineering challenges. Laboratories, research centers, maker spaces, design studios and project rooms house the latest equipment to foster a creative and innovative learning environment.
E. Philip Saunders College of Business Advancement staff for the E. Philip Saunders College of Business work closely with university senior administrators, department leadership, and faculty to raise the necessary support for identified priorities. The Saunders College of Business prepares students to be globally-mature professionals with a strong understanding of business operations through the integration of theory and practice in the classroom. The college seeks out students, faculty, and staff with enterprising spirits willing to embrace changing marketplaces and social conditions.
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences Advancement staff for the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences work closely with university senior administrators, department leadership and faculty to raise the necessary support for identified priorities. The Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences is one of the nations premier computing colleges and research facilities. It offers undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. degrees. It is home to world-class faculty with more than 10,000 vibrant alumni across the country and globally.
Student and Academic Affairs Advancement staff for Student and Academic Affairs work closely with university senior administrators, department leadership and faculty to raise the necessary support for identified priorities. They work closely with the Division of Student Affairs, Division of Academic Affairs, Division of Diversity and Inclusion and the School of Individualized Study. Student Affairs delivers services and programs designed to engage, support and develop students beyond the classroom. The School of Individualized Study engages in the development of flexible education pathways that support the diverse needs of 21st century learners. Academic Affairs oversees university priorities and initiatives related to teaching, learning and research.
Travel required; some evenings and weekends required
Minimum of 2 years of successful annual fund or major gift fundraising or customer-centered constituent engagement or marketing/sales experience
High degree of computer literacy; interest and aptitude in learning more about management information systems
Ability to manage complex projects and to effectively manage detail
Sophisticated interpersonal skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills
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Required Application Documents
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Rochester Institute of Technology, the 10th largest private university in the U.S., is among the worlds leading technological universities. Its 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are enrolled in over 200 academic programs, including 7 interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. A pioneer in experiential education, RIT was the first to offer undergraduate degree programs in biotechnology, information technology, software engineering, and microelectronic engineering. As home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the university offers unparalleled academic opportunities and services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Founded in 1829, RIT has 115,000 alumni throughout the United States and around the world. RIT has been named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the Great Colleges to Work For. RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site, and is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples through the Upstate NY Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. For more information, visit www.rit.edu/overview/rankings-and-recognition and www.rit.edu.
As a member of the RIT community employees receive a well-balanced benefits package that offers a variety of choices and access to additional employment advantages. These benefits, combined with an employees pay, provide a total compensation package that can be tailored to meet your needs. More on RITs Benefits, Health & Wellness program can be found at: https://www.rit.edu/fa/humanresources/content/benefits-health-and-wellness
RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov
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Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. Find out more at www.rit.edu .