Associate Director of Development

Job description

Bard Graduate CenterAssociate Director of DevelopmentCelebrating its 25th Anniversary, Bard Graduate Center is seeking a motivated, entrepreneurial, experienced development professional with a passion for education and the arts who is ready to roll up their sleeves to build support for an internationally recognized institution dedicated to the research and exhibition of the decorative arts, design history and material culture.

Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer, the Associate Director of Development is responsible for assisting the Chief Advancement Officer in the planning, execution and evaluation of a comprehensive development program to maintain and grow a strong base of philanthropic support from all Bard Graduate Center constituencies. The Associate Director of Development is an important member of BGC’s small, entrepreneurial, and flexible development team and is expected to influence and drive strategy, relationships, and best practices to accomplish BGC’s ongoing development goals as well as support the Chief Advancement Officer in tasks related to his role. As such, this position oversees all day-to-day activities of the development program including annual appeals, development communications, prospect management, and engagement programs for high-level volunteers and alumni, as well as some campaign related activities.



  • Oversee the success of annual fund programs; develop strategies, lead implementation, and evaluate outcomes.
  • Increase effectiveness of fundraising events and sponsorship programs.
  • Manage membership and patron benefits program.
  • Oversee a calendar of cultivation/stewardship activities.
  • Conduct prospect research necessary to expand pool of donors.
Development Communications:
  • Coordinate development communications across all platforms.
  • Maintain fundraising materials including case statements, list of funding opportunities, sponsor benefits, and donor forms.
Alumni Affairs / Volunteer Engagement:
  • Develop and implement alumni affairs initiatives including an alumni council, newsletter, events, and engagement activities.
  • Develop programs to actively engage other affinity and interest groups.
  • Support ongoing board initiatives.
Management and Supervision:
  • Oversee the work of the Manager of Events & Individual Giving and the Manager of Development Operations & Database Coordinator.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years working in fundraising in higher education and/or cultural institution.
  • Exceptional writing skills.
  • Working knowledge of multi-platform communications strategies.
  • Strong planning, organizational, and time management skills.
  • Strong understanding of donor cycles.
  • Experience with volunteer management and engagement preferably with alumni.
  • Experience with program reporting and evaluation.
  • Familiarity with New York City philanthropic community.
  • Available and willing to participate in events outside the workday schedule.
  • Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge (or other database program), Microsoft Word and Excel as well as prospect research software.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Enthusiasm for the mission and programs at the Bard Graduate Center.
  • Flexible thinking and comfort working as part of a team in an entrepreneurial fundraising environment.
  • Discretion and confidentiality.
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. No telephone calls please.

Bard Graduate Center is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity.





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Posted: 1/12/2019
Application Due: 4/18/2019
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