Assistant Director of Regional Advancement 7601BR University Advancement Development
Detailed Job Description The Assistant Director of Regional Advancement represents RIT with donors, including alumni and parents, within certain geographic areas of the United States and plays a key role in growing philanthropic giving at the University with a focus on leadership annual giving. This individual is expected to work in close partnership with colleagues across the division of University Advancement to develop and execute strategies for the identification, qualification, and solicitation of Sentinel Society memberships, the University's leadership annual giving program. Extensive travel is required, primarily traveling at least twice a month to regions with the highest volume of alumni annual giving prospects.
This role manages a portfolio of approximately ~200 prospects, with extensive identification and qualification of prospects with alumni, parents, and other friends. This individual is responsible for creating strategies for soliciting donors capable of contributing gifts of at least $1,000 per year, as well as building connections between newly identified donors and appropriate academic and advancement partners. Visit expectations are significant, in excess of 175 per year, with a concentration on discovery and cultivation of these prospects to encourage consistent leadership annual giving. The Assistant Director of Regional Advancement reports to the Assistant Vice President for Regional Advancement.
The Assistant Director of Regional Advancement is expected to work collaboratively and collegially, constantly seeking ways to increase effectiveness and efficiency to reach yearly metrics.
Develop an understanding of the educational, research, operational, and financial needs and goals of RIT and its colleges and divisions.
Identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit Sentinel Society memberships, RIT's leadership annual giving program, in coordination with advancement colleagues, and volunteers.
Conduct at least 175 meetings a year with prospects and donors, with significant focus on discovery and cultivation of these prospects to encourage consistent leadership annual giving.
Qualify 50 prospects per year while using the prospect pipeline system to best advance the major gift relationship.
Manage a portfolio of approximately 200 prospects, creating fundraising strategies to regularly solicit leadership annual fund gifts. Substantial facilitation with other advancement officers is also expected.
Assist in planning and coordinating special events for donors and prospects within assigned geographic area, working closely with colleagues in the Alumni and Constituent Engagement department
Make appropriate use of time and resources; plan travel efficiently; continuously update the prospect management database with information related to donor strategies, proposals, contacts, and results.
Other duties as assigned by the Regional Director of Advancement
Live our values, embrace diverse perspectives, and nurture the RIT community to remain a great place to work for all.
Department/College Description At Rochester Institute of Technology, our mission is to shape the future and improve the world through creativity and innovation. As an engaged, intellectually curious, diverse and socially conscious community, we leverage the power of technology, the arts, and design for the greater good. In the Division of University Advancement at RIT, we are dedicated to advancing this mission by fostering deep and meaningful connections with alumni, parents, friends, and organizations with the goal of increasing the resources available to the university through greater volunteer engagement and increased philanthropic support. As Advancement professionals, we seek support from a variety of investors to ensure a life-transforming RIT education is accessible to the talented students who seek to join us.
RITs Division of University Advancement (UADV) is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with each other, our constituents and our broader communities. We are dedicated to developing and implementing best practices to promote even greater diversity through our employee retention and hiring, accessibility, marketing materials, constituent engagement and in pursuit of our philanthropic goals.
Minimum of two years of successful annual fund or major gift fundraising or customer-centered constituent engagement or marketing/sales experience
High degree of computer literacy
Excellent time management and organizational skills
Ability to effectively solicit and close gifts
Ability and willingness to travel, including some weekends and evenings
Highly developed interpersonal skills
Ability to work collegially within Advancement and across all University units
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Strong initiative, creativity and drive to 'sell and close'
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Professional Area: Employment Category: Fulltime Staff Job Function:Wage Band: 118A
Rochester Institute of Technology, the 10th largest private university in the U.S., is among the worlds leading technological universities. Its 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are enrolled in over 200 academic programs, including 7 interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. A pioneer in experiential education, RIT was the first to offer undergraduate degree programs in biotechnology, information technology, software engineering, and microelectronic engineering. As home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the university offers unparalleled academic opportunities and services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Founded in 1829, RIT has 115,000 alumni throughout the United States and around the world. RIT has been named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the 'Great Colleges to Work For.' RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site, and is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples through the Upstate NY Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. For more information, visit www.rit.edu/overview/rankings-and-recognition and www.rit.edu.
As a member of the RIT community employees receive a well-balanced benefits package that offers a variety of choices and access to additional employment advantages. These benefits, combined with an employees pay, provide a total compensation package that can be tailored to meet your needs. More on RITs Benefits, Health & Wellness program can be found at: https://www.rit.edu/fa/humanresources/content/benefits-health-and-wellness
RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov
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Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. Find out more at www.rit.edu .