Director of Development, Alumni and Planned Giving
516 West 168th Street
Incumbent will report to the Senior Director of Development and will manage multi-level assignments, serve as internal and external development liaison to VP&S Alumni. As a vital member of the VP&S Alumni Development team incumbent will work closely with the Senior Director of Development to support planned giving and alumni fundraising. The incumbent will manage a portfolio of donors and prospects; develop strategies and cultivate relationships that lead to solicitation and stewardship of major gifts. Attention will be focused on building relationships with alumni who are non-donors; participate in prospect assessment and assignment processes. Knowledge of planned giving marketing, strategies and solicitation preferred. As a member of the team incumbent will recognize areas to be improved and suggest strategies and plans. Supervisory and management responsibilities as assigned; annually prepare objectives for the upcoming academic year.
- Manage a portfolio of alumni, major gift donors and prospects. Develop strategies and cultivate relationships that lead to solicitation and stewardship of gifts of $50,000 and above. Includes local and national travel. Annually prepare objectives for the upcoming fiscal year (e.g. dollars to be raised, solicitations planned, and cultivation/stewardship activities). 40%
- Manage a Class Chair entering an Anniversary Reunion. Work in conjunction with alumni volunteers with a focus on innovative ways to encourage participation and giving. 15%
- Develop marketing plans, strategies and cultivation of relationships that lead to solicitation and stewardship of Planned Gifts. 40%
- Other duties and special projects as assigned. 5%
Requires a bachelor's degree, or equivalent, plus four years of related experience. Master's degree preferred. At least 4 years of progressively responsible experience in alumni fundraising or a related
field, preferably in a health care or higher education environment. Management and administrative skills required to motivate and manage volunteers to accomplish fundraising goals. Must work well independently and as a member of a team; handle simultaneously multiple deadline driven assignments. Must have the ability to write graceful and accurate prose under pressure as well as the ability to grasp complex material and present to a general audience. Ability to initiate, supervise, and complete projects and assignments under minimal supervision necessary. Excellent interpersonal, written, oral and analytical skills required. Advanced Microsoft Office skills preferred.
*Please note that all applicants must apply via the Columbia University website.
Minimum Education Required