Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and External Relations
Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and External Relations GENERAL STATEMENT: The Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and External Relations oversees three strategic areas for SUNY Ulster all focusing on building the resources and increasing awareness of, attention to and advocacy for the institution that will enable it to accomplish its mission. Leading and managing the Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc. as its Executive Director, the College’s public relations strategy and alumni relations, this position reports directly to the Vice President and Dean of Enrollment Management. The incumbent will meet regularly with department leaders and faculty and is considered to be part of the institutions senior management team. The Executive Director will be expected to represent the College at a variety of community events that may take place on evenings or weekends. Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc. As the Foundation’s Executive Director, this position is responsible for the overall planning, management, coordination, and evaluation of activities that will attract important philanthropic support for the college. These activities include developing and implementing effective strategies and tactics that result in sustainable growth in annual giving, planned gifts, capturing the philanthropic interest of donors; and increasing corporate support. As Executive Director, this position maintains a close and collaborative working relationship with the Board of Directors of the Foundation the President, Vice President, and Deans. Specific activities include identifying, cultivating and soliciting major gifts; proactively building and maintaining relationships with new, current and potential donors, and leading and managing staff to achieve all fundraising initiatives, including annual giving, donor recognition, special campaigns and events. The Executive Director oversees the College’s scholarship program and a planned giving program, and provides opportunities to potential donors that maximize donor intent as it relates to institutional objectives. He/she oversees gift processing, acknowledgement, and stewardship, fiscal and accounting policies and procedures, and ensures compliance with all regulatory oversight requirements. Community Relations Provide public and media relations strategic planning, counsel and ongoing support campus-wide, including but not limited to communications strategy and planning, messaging and media outreach and story placement. Specific activities include developing and maintaining strong working relationships with key regional, local and industry trade news media, leading and overseeing all aspects of media relations, including story development, media targeting, relationship management and securing media opportunities for spokespeople. Candidate will be expected to help lead, manage and contribute to the college’s social media strategy and implementation; secure in-person opportunities for the College to present to community and business leaders and assist with the development and implementation of communication to faculty and staff. Alumni Relations The Executive Director develops, implements and evaluates programs to engage the institutions alumni and to encourage increased alumni support of and involvement with College programs. This includes developing and implementing an alumni strategic plan; and developing and implementing alumni relations programs, events and recognition ceremonies. The Executive Director will coordinate alumni communications and publications related to fundraising and alumni relations activities in collaboration with colleagues. These communications include newsletters, social media, targeted emails and other outreach as needed. In addition, the Executive Director plans and administers the budget of the Institutional Advancement and Community Relations Office to ensure operation within fiscal constraints. The Executive Director works strategically, as well as tactically, to achieve desired results. The incumbent must be media savvy, an excellent writer and experienced in executing media and social media campaigns. He/she will have a track record of media success and measuring results. Skills, Characteristics, Qualities The successful candidate must have superb written and oral communication skills, be comfortable presenting in large, small and diverse groups; and possess excellent motivational skills. He/she must have an engaging manner, strong leadership skills to inspire and motivate colleagues and volunteers, the ability to develop trust and strong collaborative working relationships; a proven track record of success in cultivating, soliciting and securing funding and a proven ability in managing communications functions; a communication style that is open, cordial and issues focused; experience in goal setting and team building and experience utilizing technology to further the philanthropic goals of the organization. The candidate must possess a commitment to continuous improvement, employing best practices and assessment to review and enhance results. The ideal candidate will possess excellent judgment, analytical and decision-making skills; integrity and the highest degree of personal and professional ethical standards; energy, drive and an even keeled temperament with the capacity to handle multiple priorities, pressure and multiple points of view. The candidate should possess a consultative and, as needed, an advisory style when relating to colleagues at all levels, have the ability to challenge assumptions in a constructive way and demonstrated creative problem solving abilities that contribute to solutions. Salary range is $75,000 - $80,000 per year; excellent benefits package. Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree and minimum 5 years related experience required. Preference will be given to individuals with experience in a community college or other higher education setting. Preferred qualifications: Master’s Degree preferred with 8-10 years in institutional advancement, public relations and public communications or related disciplines. Experience as a senior development professional with a record of progressive accomplishment in the operational management and support of a development organization; experience in staff development; broad background in annual giving/alumni relations and development services with a NFP with multiple stakeholders; experience identifying and cultivating planned giving opportunities. Forward cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to Human Resources, SUNY Ulster, PO Box 557, Stone Ridge, NY 12484 by May 3, 2014. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE.