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Development Associate

Raritan Valley Community College
Branchburg, New Jersey
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Raritan Valley Community College

Development Associate

Ranked by and as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to a Planetarium, Science Education Institute and 3M Observatory, a 1,000-seat Theatre, an Honors College for high achieving students and much more.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit

Job Description:
Raritan Valley Community College has an anticipated opening for a Development Associate within the RVCC Foundation. 

The Development Associate supports philanthropic activities that engage corporations and private foundations to help the Foundation achieve its annual fundraising goal. The Development Associate will also be responsible for managing the Foundation's scholarship program through the AwardSpring platform. The position reports to the Executive Director of the Foundation.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Funds Development:
Identifies grant and sponsorship opportunities with businesses, corporations, and private foundations. Monitors proposal deadlines, writes and submits proposals, and stewards relationships, and manages all from development of a dynamic grantmaking/fundraising plan.

Identifies prospects through prospect research, then develops specific customized cultivation and solicitations strategies. Manages a portfolio of a minimum of 15 donors that includes, but may not be limited to, corporate and private foundation constituents.

Supports fundraising and cultivation event planning and execution as a member of the Foundation team.

Administers the RVCC Foundation's scholarship offering through AwardSpring:

Leads administration of the RVCC Foundation's scholarship platform (hosted on AwardSpring) to successfully managing scholarship portfolio.

Establishes/manages scholarship application deadlines and communication to students.

Establishes reviewer groups and manages the process for scholarship awarding.

Co-leads planning and execution of Annual Scholarship Dinner.

Develops and Grows Internal College Relations with Students, Faculty, Administrators and Staff:

Serves on College committees as appropriate.

Engages with relevant faculty to cultivate for grantmaking activity.

Takes lead with faculty on submitting relevant funding proposals.

Takes lead in prepping faculty and staff for donor meetings and visits.


Prepares for and participates in Foundation Board and committee meetings.

Handles inquiries related to scholarship program and anticipates ways to improve program.

Keeps records and activity current in Raiser's Edge database.


  • Bachelor's degree and minimum of three years of fundraising and non-profit experience required. 
  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to work independently, manage time effectively, multi-task, be flexible, and manage the completion of multiple projects with positive attitude and team orientation.
  • Knowledge of prospect research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies.
  • Knowledge of and strong skills in Raiser's Edge and strategic database segmentation. 
  • Familiarity with AwardSpring or similar scholarship administration platform.
  • Advanced word processing skills and proficiency in the full suite of Microsoft Office programs, e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Extensive knowledge of budget processing and ability to pay attention to detail and maintain accurate records.
  • Ability to handle multiple competing duties and projects, work well under pressure, and meet deadlines. 
  • Knowledge/interest in higher education. 
  • Knowledge of the non-profit sector and fundraising as well as knowledge of foundations.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to include evening and weekend assignments as needed. 
  • Ability to handle confidential donor/constituency information with sensitivity and integrity.

Application Instructions:
As a New Jersey First Act Employer, new employees must establish a primary residence in New Jersey within one year unless an exemption applies.

RVCC's starting salary is commensurate with educational qualifications and experience. We also offer an attractive benefits package.

For consideration of the above position, please submit your cover letter and resume online:

We regret that we are unable to respond to each and every resume received. Only those candidates of interest will be contacted directly.

Raritan Valley Community College is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan Employer. We will implement the policy to assure that the employment opportunities offered at the institution are available to all persons.

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