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Donor Engagement Officer

Community College of Rhode Island
Warwick, RI

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Full Time
Institution Type
Community College
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Position Title:

Donor Engagement Officer


Institutional Advancement

Position Category:

Staff - NonClassified

About CCRI:

The Community College of Rhode Island is the states only public comprehensive associate degree-granting institution. We provide affordable open access to higher education at locations throughout the state. Our primary mission is to offer recent high school graduates and returning adults the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for intellectual, professional and personal growth through an array of academic, career and lifelong learning programs.

At CCRI, we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse campus community. We strive to hire and retain culturally competent faculty and staff members who reflect the demographics of our state and our increasingly diverse student population.

We believe that our diversity is our strength. We celebrate, support and thrive on the diverse experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives that are represented across our four campuses.

We are OneCCRI, working together to prepare learners to achieve their highest potential.

To learn about what employees value at CCRI and what it means to work here, please read about our Guiding Principles and watch videos of our employees doing what they do best:

Job Summary:

The CCRI Foundation was established in 1979, and for over 40 years has been vital to helping our students achieve their academic and professional goals through scholarships, book awards, and emergency funding. Today, philanthropic partners become critical to our growing community that make up 20,000 enrolled students and nearly 80,000 alumni.

The mission of the CCRI Foundation is to secure monies for the Community College of Rhode Island through dynamic campaigns and public awareness of the College’s value to the community.

This role will contribute to the Office of Institutional Advancement team’s fundraising capacity by planning and implementing strategic programs, donor communications, and events that contribute to the engagement and cultivation of donors and alumni.

The Donor Engagement Officer reports to the Development Director and work closely with the Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement and College Relations and the advancement team members to deliver high-quality events, donor communications, and secure commitments from donors and alumni to provide professional expertise, volunteer service, and philanthropy that contribute to a goals-driven annual giving program.

The Officer will connect with CCRI alumni and donors across multiple mediums, including face-to-face. The position collaborates closely with core College departments including marketing, student affairs, and academic departments to create and maintain pathways for alumni and donor participation that advance the goals of the College. The Officer partners with the advancement team to identify, cultivate, and solicit gifts through events, direct mail and marketing campaigns; and serves as a liaison to a portfolio of donors and the Alumni Association Board.

The Officer will support the professional, administrative and promotional duties associated with the planning and implementation of programs and events including: preparing and sending communications; developing project plans; coordinating event logistics; tracking budgets; helping to establish and follow internal policies; working with preferred vendors, soliciting in-kind partnerships and focusing on budget efficiencies; setting up and breaking down at events; and event analysis/follow-up.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Passion for Mission:
• Demonstrate a commitment to the philosophy and mission of a comprehensive community college.
• Work collaboratively in a diverse, inclusive and student-centered environment, with students of various learning styles, cultures, identities, and life-experiences.

Database Proficiency
• Ensure accurate and complete alumni database records; record contacts, biographical and career information of alumni and annual fund donors, and participate in team’s advancement meetings.

Entrepreneurial and Growth Mindset
• Plan, implement, and promote alumni and annual giving donor programs and events that support the college’s strategic plan in collaboration with colleagues within the advancement office, the President’s office, and throughout the college.
• Establish and build relationships with a wide range of alumni and annual giving donors, maintaining regular communication via email, social media, web pages, and various media and publications.
• Act as a liaison to the Alumni Association Board—arranging meetings; staffing committees; managing budgets; and ensuring strong and productive relationships between members and the college’s academic and administrative leadership.
• Actively maintain a portfolio of alumni and annual giving donors and collaborate closely with advancement colleagues to increase support from donors including alumni, faculty and staff, retirees, parents and friends
• Educate graduating students about alumni benefits, the college’s annual fund, engage them in programs, and supervise work study students.
• Other duties as required

Minimum Requirements:

• Associates Degree, required.
• Professional experience working as a member of a fundraising, direct mail, or research team, required.

Competencies and Desired Qualifications:

The most suitably qualified candidate will possess the following:

• Bachelor’s degree
• Interest in providing leadership and contributing to a growing, high-performing fundraising team with an entrepreneurial mindset and enthusiasm for working in a high-energy, deadline-driven, fast-paced setting.
• Exemplary communications skills with demonstrated written, oral, and interpersonal talents; outstanding organizational skills and project management required.
• Demonstrated ability to strategize, implement and build constituency programs and activities.
• Ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously and meet all deadlines.
• High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite: MS Word, Excel, and Outlook
• Demonstrated ability to be a strong contributor and work collaboratively with others in a diverse and inclusive environment.
• An unwavering belief in the College’s students, and a commitment to CCRI and the Foundation’s mission to support students and alumni.
• Understanding of social media and emerging online networking platforms to achieve advancement goals.
• Experience with Raiser’s Edge or a similar constituent/client database.
• Experience working in a higher education or workforce development setting.
• Experience building engagement programs and securing philanthropic support.





Pay Grade:

PSA 12

Salary Information:

Commensurate with education and experience


Full-time employees enjoy an array of benefits, including:

• Comprehensive Health Benefits and Rewards for Wellness Incentives
• Paid Time Off
• Parental Leave
• In-State Tuition Waivers
• Legal Care Insurance

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Collective Bargaining Unit:

CCRI Professional Staff Association

Reports To:

Development Director

Permanent/Limited position:


Position End Date:

*This grant funded position is limited with the possibility of renewal after annual review.*

Academic/Calendar Year:


Work Schedule Information:

Non-Standard; 35 hours per week

Campus Location:

Multi-Campus Locations

Civil Service List position:


Environmental Conditions:

This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Number of Vacancies:


Application Open Date:


Application Close Date:


Posting Number:


Quick Link:

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To ensure full consideration, complete application materials should be received by 05/14/2022 at 11:59 PM (EST). Applications will not be accepted after the closing date.

Finalists will be required to provide official college transcripts.

If you need assistance with the online application process, please contact Human Resources at 401-825-2311. TTY: 401-825-2313.

Disability Accommodations:

CCRI is committed to ensuring the full participation of all applicants throughout the recruitment process. If you should require an accommodation during the application process, please notify the Department of Institutional Equity and Human Resources prior to the closing of the posting by calling (401) 825-2311.

EEO Statement:

CCRI is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

We recognize that diversity and inclusivity are essential to creating a dynamic, positive and high-performing educational and work environment. We welcome applicants who can contribute to the College’s commitment to excellence created by diversity and inclusivity.

CCRI prohibits discrimination, including harassment and retaliation, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or status as a protected veteran. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination shall be referred to the College’s Title IX Coordinator at: [email protected]

The Jeanne Clery Act requires institutions of higher education to disclose campus policy statements and crime statistics. Our annual report is available here:


Community College of Rhode Island, the largest public, two-year, degree granting college in New England, offers educational opportunities for all Rhode Islanders and is the state’s only public comprehensive associate degree-granting institution.community_college_of_rhode_island1.jpg

The College provides a variety of career, technical and academic programs at four main campuses in Warwick, Lincoln, Providence and Newport. A secondary Providence Campus is located in the historic Shepard Building in the heart of downtown Providence and courses are also offered at a satellite facility in Westerly.

CCRI offers more than 80 degree and certificate programs to its approximately 18,000 students and its non-credit classes for workforce training or personal enrichment through the Center for Workforce and Community Education receive more than 32,000 registrations annually.

Thirty percent of recent CCRI graduates who are continuing their education at least part time are attending more than 50 colleges or universities across the country and also are working at least part time. More than 92 percent of recent graduates are employed, continuing their education or a combination of both.community_college_of_rhode_island3.jpg

Community College of Rhode Island grants the Associate in Arts (A.A.), the Associate in Science (A.S.), the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.), the Associate in Applied Science in Technical Studies (A.A.S.-T.S.) and the Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degrees. Several one-year certificates are also awarded.

CCRI opens its facilities for public use, sponsors programs on issues of public concern, and offers workshops and seminars for small businesses, for government agencies and for individuals seeking to improve their skills or enhance their lives.

In every sense, CCRI strives to be Rhode Island's community college meeting the educational needs of the people of this state.community_college_of_rhode_island2.jpg


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