1. Serve as strategic adviser to school/unit leadership on development issues. Develop fundraising priorities and articulate the mission and priorities to support the cultivation and solicitation of a wide array of potential donors. Work closely with senior management to develop short- and long-term fundraising goals and strategies, including creating and promoting opportunities for communicating fundraising needs and priorities to those who work with a broad audience of potential and prospective donors. 2. Collaborate with and provide proactive support to individual giving officers in the central Office of Development, serving as a knowledgeable resource in support of potential school/unit prospect and donor development. Develop and implement cultivation strategies and methods for individual prospects, including identification of appropriate solicitation timetable, ask amount, gift vehicles, and giving opportunities for each. Work in close collaboration with fundraisers to provide opportunities for donor engagement and to achieve fundraising goals. 3. Provide fundraising guidance and training, as needed, to school/unit leadership, faculty (where appropriate) and other staff in areas such as development of gift opportunities, donor cultivation and solicitation strategies, and stewardship plans. 4. May manage limited portfolio of donors and prospects, developing cultivation and solicitation strategies. Promote positive relations with these prospects and donors. Participate in gift solicitations. 5. Work with other Development units (e.g., Planned Giving, Corporate & Foundation Relations) to identify, engage and steward appropriate prospects. 6. Craft content for use in school/unit fundraising and alumni engagement activities, including correspondence, proposals, briefings, and endowed gift agreements. Participate in the development of strategy and school/unit-related content for development publications and events. 7. Evaluate existing stewardship program; develop and implement changes as appropriate; and oversee and manage ongoing program. 8. Manage or co-manage administrative support staff and/or student assistants, as needed. 9. May perform other duties as assigned.
Preferred Education: Knowledge of one or more areas within the arts; previous development or related practical experience in the arts. Bilingual in English and another language.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: Knowledge of one or more areas within the arts; previous development or related practical experience in the arts. Bilingual in English and another language.
Required Skill/ability 5: Negotiating, organizational, analytical and fundraising skills. A team player with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. A self-starter. Ability to motivate and work with diverse constituencies.
Posting Position Title: Development Director 1
Required Skill/ability 3: Possession of an entrepreneurial approach to development/fundraising, with a keen appreciation for the specific challenges of working with prospects who may lack a direct affiliation and/or history of involvement with the School of Art, or Yale University.
Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
University Job Title: Director Dev Alum Relations, School of Art
Required Skill/ability 1: Ability to work consistently and effectively with the Dean, other senior members of the school and the university's academic and administrative leadership, key faculty, and lead external volunteers.
Required Skill/ability 4: Excellent interpersonal skills to relate to donors, volunteers, and colleagues. Well-developed written and oral communication skills. Excellent writing, proofreading, and editing skills; excellent attention to detail; ability to prioritize and balance multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
Required Skill/ability 2: Commitment to an inclusive workplace. Ability to engage with diverse audiences (age, gender, nationality, race/ethnicity, profession, sexual orientation, etc.). High level of integrity and ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion. Professionalism in all respects.
Bachelor's degree and a minimum of six or more years of experience in development/fundraising, or other relationship-building areas in complex organizations; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.