Associate Director for Leadership Annual Giving

Hoboken, NJ
Mar 28, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Description

Stevens Institute of Technology, a premier, private research university, located across the Hudson River from New York City in Hoboken, NJ, invites applications for the position of Associate Director of Annual Leadership Gifts.

The position is responsible for building and strengthening alumni engagement and philanthropy, specifically of constituents who are capable of annually supporting the university at a leadership-level - $1,000 and above. The Associate Director will foster lifelong mutually enriching connections among alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of Stevens that support university priorities and initiatives, develop creative strategies to meet fundraising goals (both in dollars and participation), and enhance awareness of the Edwin A. Stevens Society, Stevens' leadership-level annual giving society.

The Associate Director of Leadership Annual Giving reports to the Assistant Vice President for Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving. He or she will have regular contact with leadership-level donors, trustees, senior administrators, faculty, staff, current students, alumni leadership, and other external constituents.

Specific responsibilities:
  • Working with the AVP and the Alumni Engagement team to strategize and implement programs designed to maximize leadership-level annual giving (dollars and participation) to Stevens.

  • Oversee the Edwin A. Stevens Society: track and report data specific to the society; collaborate with the AVP of Alumni Engagement and the Associate Director of Annual Giving to send creative and engaging solicitations; and collaborate with the Director of Stewardship to enhance benefits and recognition of donors within the society.

  • Develop and manage a portfolio of leadership annual giving donors and prospects; cultivate relationships with prospects, new donors, current donors, high-net-worth individuals, and community leaders; and collaborate with the Major Gifts team to move donors through the pipeline.

  • Develop a robust volunteer network designed to enhance peer-to-peer solicitations of leadership-level annual donors.

  • Conduct face-to-face visits to identify, qualify, and expand the current member database.

  • Orchestrate class fundraising efforts and increase class participation with a particular emphasis on reunion years; set annual fundraising targets, recruit volunteers, and maintain regular and consistent contact with volunteer leaders.

  • Collaborate with staff and other members of the Development and Alumni staff on special events and projects.

  • Have the ability to work evenings and weekends and to travel as required.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned or requested.

  • A bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the development and alumni engagement, preferably in a higher education setting, including a strong documented record of gift solicitation and volunteer management.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication, analytic, and organizational skills, as well as display a commitment to succeed in this visible and measurable position.

  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and programs.

  • A demonstrated capacity to motivate others, and the ability to work effectively with other staff members and campus representatives.

  • Proficiency with development software systems and advanced experience with the Microsoft Office Suite is preferred.

About Stevens

Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens' education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university's three schools and one college, more than 6,800 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with over 380 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to four national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critically important areas such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense, maritime security, STEM education, and coastal sustainability. The university is consistently ranked among the nation's elite for return on investment for students, career services programs and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to advance a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.

Stevens Institute of Technology

General Submission Guidelines:

In order to be considered a candidate for any job at Stevens, you must submit an online application. Please attach a cover letter and resume with each application. Other requirements for consideration may depend on the job.

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EEO Statement:

Stevens Institute of Technology is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Accordingly, Stevens adheres to an employment policy that prohibits discriminatory practices or harassment against candidates or employees based on legally impermissible factor(s) including, but not necessarily limited to, race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, nationality, citizenship status, age, ancestry, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, familial status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information, pregnancy or pregnancy-related medical conditions, disability, or any protected military or veteran status.

Stevens is building a diverse faculty, staff and student body and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates as well as veterans and individuals with disabilities. Stevens is a federal contractor under the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as other federal statutes.


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