Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting to the Executive Director of the College Fund the Director, Class Giving is responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of the Class Giving Program and the day-to-day management of the Class Giving officers. Assists in the implementation of a comprehensive, Class Giving fundraising program aligned with the strategic vision and priorities of the Executive Director. In consultation with the Executive Director, the Director develops fundraising strategies and implements and directs fundraising programs for assigned classes and affinity groups. In this role, the incumbent continuously seeks ways to improve and market the Class Giving Program. He/she establishes goals for each class and strategies for achieving them for his/her classes and those of the development officers. With the Executive Director, the Director has managerial oversight of the solicitation, tracking and cultivation of alumni gifts to Columbia College for his/her classes and those of the development officers. Works with the Marketing and Communications Director of the College Fund to coordinate solicitations and communications to alumni at-large and key volunteer constituencies. He/she works with the Executive Director and staff in the development of strategic initiatives and other duties as assigned.
*A STRONG INTERNAL CANDIDATE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED. HOWEVER, ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE CONSIDERED.*
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
-Responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of the Class Giving Program and the day-to-day management of the development officers continuously seeking ways to improve the Class Giving Program. Develops strategic initiatives for the Class Giving Program with the Executive Director. Serves as the first report for the fund staff. Directs, trains, counsels, monitors and evaluates performance including developing reunion class and individual prospect assignments with them, assisting with solictation strategies, and establishing goals for each of them. Works with the Executive Director and the Associate Director, Data Science to track and monitor the performance of the program and staff and develop strategies to acquire new donors and develop/maintain a prospect pipeline. Champions the professional development of direct reports. 40%
-Manages a portfolio of 100-150 prospects. S/he manages a portfolio of active prospects capable of making annual leadership gifts. Responsibilities include: making personal solicitations, writing proposals and appeals, negotiating gifts, stewarding the prospect relationship, and reporting on visits and solicitation activities. Prepares reports on visit/solicitation activities as required; prepares materials for prospect solicitation and cultivation. 30%
-Manages a portfolio of classes in strategic fundraising initatives. 25%
-May represent the Executive Director at various meetings with College and external constituencies, as assigned. Other duties as assigned. 5%
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or its equivalent required. A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in development fundraising or a related field required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication and organization skills required. Must be proactive, creative, problem solver and have strong staff management and team building skills. Computer proficiency and a demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team essential.
Position will require many evening and weekend assignments and possible travel.
**A cover letter and resume must be submitted with the application.**
Preferred Qualifications: Experience fundraising in a higher education setting preferred.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Internal Number: 126_175099
About Columbia University
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