Executive Director, Bergen Community College Foundation
Bergen Community College, the No. 1 institution in New Jersey for associate degree graduates four years in a row, serving a diverse student body on its suburban campus, has a leadership opportunity for an Executive Director of the Bergen Community College Foundation to direct all Foundation activities including setting strategic direction and serving as the College’s primary fundraiser with emphasis upon major gifts. The Executive Director will manage and oversee all operational functions of the Foundation including development, board relations, special events, alumni relations, formulation of strategic plans, fundraising progress reports and division’s budget. The Executive Director will meet with donors to cultivate relationships and will be responsible for designing, planning and implementing a gifts plan that strengthens Bergen Community College’s donor base and proactively builds the donor pipeline. In collaboration with the Foundation team, the Executive Director will advance donor relationships, drive new or renewed giving, coordinate gift arrangements and documentation and oversee stewardship of assigned donors. The Executive Director will assure that the College’s strategic objectives are met through robust assessment program and review practices. Primary responsibilities will also include planning and directing the activities and programs of annual fundraising and giving, planned giving and alumni relations programs; managing portfolios of major gift donors; identifying philanthropic interests; preparing and creating donor proposals, correspondence and collateral materials in addition to performing other duties as assigned. This position reports to the President, works collaboratively with the Chair, Foundation Board of Directors and will act as a liaison in response to all inquiries and requests for fundraising or major gifts.
Required: Bachelor’s degree preferred. Five (5) years of fundraising or related work experience, preferably at an educational institution. Possesses a strong understanding of the uses of information technology to deliver, monitor and evaluate programs and services for students and ability to work collaboratively across various constituencies of the College. Strong interpersonal as well as technical skills and must be detail oriented. Technologically proficient in common office desktop software and familiarity with cloud-based collaborative software and platforms. Exceptional skills and experience with products such as Raiser's Edge (client relationships’ software) and Prospect Research platform. Knowledge and experience in the nature and dimensions of philanthropy, motivations for giving, research and cultivation practices, standard fundraising techniques, including face-to-face solicitation, gift processing, prospect and donor histories and fundraising reporting. Proven record in meeting fundraising goals, including demonstrated experience with donor solicitation and cultivation, caseload management and securing major, high-value gifts. Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills with demonstrated ability to create, implement and monitor complex plans and translate those plans into goals and concrete strategies. Demonstrated effective leadership skills with ability to develop and administer budgets. Proven ability to manage multiple initiatives simultaneously with a high level of independence and initiative and significant inter and cross department collaboration and support. Excellent presentation skills with the ability to serve as an advocate/spokesperson for Bergen Community College and successfully tailor communications to diverse audiences. Adherence to ethical and confidentiality guidelines of Bergen Community College and required knowledge of local, state and federal laws governing fund-raising and taxation. Demonstrates understanding of the community college mission. Experience in a collective bargaining environment and in a multi-site operation preferred. Must have a valid driver's license and be able to work a flexible schedule that includes local travel.
Application materials will be accepted until position is filled. All interested candidates should send a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, salary requirements, official transcripts and 3-5 donor references with current contact information. Send materials with the job code EXEC-FOUNDATION in the subject line by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bergen Community College
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Paramus, New Jersey 07652
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