Director of Advancement, Simon Business School

Rochester, Monroe County
Feb 11, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
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Location: Central Admin-SrVP Advancement

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Full Time   40 hours   Grade 058   Ofc Sr Vice Pres Advancement



General Purpose:

Develop and manage a portfolio of major and high annual giving prospects.  Cultivating and soliciting in an organized fashion, prioritizing based on campaign timetables, competing priorities and return on investment.

Develop thorough knowledge of the Simon School with a focus on a particular set of Simon departments and programs that are active in development.  Develop sufficient knowledge of the Simon school to effectively represent it on the road and to provide guidance and assistance to University officers representing Simon.  Demonstrate collaborative work style, consistent with donor centric principles, that advances the Simon campaign towards completion.  Serve as Simon School representative on one or more of the University Advancement committees.

Help mobilize the resources of the Simon school in support of advancement efforts, and collaborate effectively with other Simon administrative offices that affect development including career services and admissions.  Execute effective donor relations with assigned prospects, and in support of University regional officers.  Assist the Executive Director in managing development projects within assigned areas of responsibility, including events, in designated geographic regions.  Working independently, ensure that all regions of the country are being covered, an appropriate sized prospect pool is being qualified, cultivated and solicited while working with regional staff to do the same inside their Simon portfolios.

Ability to work independently in fast paced environment is crucial, as is understanding of prioritization and time management.

Specific Responsibilities:

Advise Executive Director on strategy and tactics for management of Simon School development activities in assigned areas of responsibility.

Maintain a portfolio of major gift prospects and oversee Simon School activities in a region, or set of regions, working in especially close collaboration with the regional major gift officers in those areas.  Conceptualize volunteer and donor engagement strategies in coordination with the Simon School campaign and existing activities. 

Assist the Executive Director in managing special development projects and events including campaign planning, functions, and volunteer management.

Execute internal and external prospect moves to advance Simon major gifts prospects managed by others within assigned areas, regions and programs.


Bachelor's Degree.

At least ten years development experience including experience soliciting major or high level annual gifts.

Evidence of ability to work effectively with faculty and senior level prospects and donors.

Strong skills in written and oral communication, demonstrated ability to communicate campaign priorities and funding opportunities in writing.

Strong collaborative skills.

Sufficiently well-organized to deal effectively with donor stewardship issues and "moves" to advance donors according to a plan.

Highly motivated and independent working style.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

The University of Rochester is an Equal Opportunity Employer.