Assistant Director

Princeton, NJ
Aug 26, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition # 2017-7915
Department Adv-Fundraising Initiatives
Category Alumni Relations and Development
Date Posted 1 month ago
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline


Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Development (AVP), the Assistant Director develops, executes and manages fundraising strategies for assigned fundraising initiatives. The Assistant Director conducts research and analyzes information to inform and support the University's fundraising initiatives authorization process. The incumbent also works with multi-office teams to monitor and ensure fundraising progress for all fundraising initiatives. In addition, the incumbent supports the frontline work of the AVP and drafts project descriptions, call reports, campus partner briefings, correspondence, memos, and other materials as assigned.


Fundraising Initiatives Lead Responsibilities:

Managing a select group of fundraising initiatives, the Assistant Director:

  • Drives project fundraising strategy for those initiatives by forming cross-disciplinary teams to develop and execute project fundraising plans.
  • Develops giving opportunities for initiatives.
  • Collaborates with frontline fundraisers to identify prospects and advance solicitations.
  • Communicates with frontline colleagues to ensure that the assigned initiatives are top-of-mind in prospect work; serves as a resource for detailed information about initiatives.
  • Working with Associate Director in FIG and Development Communications, ensures that fundraising materials for use by staff and volunteers are up-to-date.
  • Builds and maintains strong working relationships with faculty and administrators collaborating on fundraising for these initiatives, informing them about fundraising strategies and progress.
  • Ensures effective use of faculty partners' time to engage and solicit prospects and donors.

Fundraising Initiatives Teams Staffing Responsibilities:

With the AVP and Senior Associate Director, monitors and works to ensure that fundraising for other major University initiatives is moving forward:
  • Partners with colleagues to advance follow-up and track activities of all the other Fundraising Initiatives “teams,” described above.
  • For select initiatives, the Assistant Director collaborates on content for retreats, training, and other project-focused cultivation events.

Fundraising Initiatives Authorization Process:
  • Collaborates with the VP for Advancement, the AVP and the Senior Associate Director (SAD) in the Fundraising Initiatives Group on developing and organizing the fundraising initiatives for the University's upcoming capital campaign.
  • The incumbent conducts research with peer institutions to provide benchmarking information for establishing giving opportunities for emerging fundraising initiatives, such as endowment thresholds, facilities naming, center endowments, and the like.
  • The incumbent works to gather, synthesize, and present information to the VP for Advancement, the AVP, and others, and facilitating preparation for the Fundraising Priorities Working Group and the Fundraising Priorities Committee.
  • The incumbent ensures effective communications associated with the fundraising authorization process, including drafting meeting minutes and communicating and monitoring follow-up with front liners and campus partners.

Fundraising Initiatives Analytics:
  • Working with the Analytics and Data Management group, the Assistant Director.
    • collaborates on campaign progress reports to track progress on fundraising for identified campaign initiatives
    • collaborates on and maintains gift purpose coding protocols to correspond with campaign table of needs

Prospect Management Staffing Responsibilities:
  • Drafts pre-visit briefings for campus partners and donor call reports for AVP prospects.
  • Assists with prospect strategy, stewardship, correspondence, and follow-up for AVP's prospect pool and other prospects as requested.
  • Works with AVP on developing materials for prospect campus visits.
  • Handles other prospect-related assignments as directed.


Essential Qualifications:

  • At least 3-5 years of experience in a university or other complex academically oriented setting
  • The intellectual depth, maturity and confidence to work with and command the respect and confidence of senior University administrators, campus partners, volunteers, and colleagues in the Office of Development
  • Self-motivation, creativity, persuasiveness, and the ability to motivate others, with high personal standards representative of Princeton University's commitment to excellence.
  • Strong writing skills; strong interpersonal skills when communicating with individuals and groups.
  • Tact, thoughtfulness and nuance.
  • Robust analytical skills, including the ability to interpret complex financial records.
  • Sound judgment, thoughtfulness, and attention to detail; the ability to think strategically and act decisively; and strong work ethic.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple assignments and changing priorities as circumstances may dictate.
  • Ability to articulate Princeton's mission, traditions, excellence, priorities and goals with enthusiasm, energy, and creativity and to compel others to action.
  • Bachelor's degree required.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree a plus.
  • Knowledge of the principles of fund-raising.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

ADM, 060

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


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