The Assistant Director of Campaign and Major Gift Operations will work closely with the development department to enhance its effectiveness and support the Law School's front-line engagement and fundraising operation by supporting prospect management functions. Reporting to the Sr. Associate Director of Major Gifts and working closely with the Director of Development Operations and Director of Research, the incumbent will be an integral member of the development staff. He/she is expected to have experience with fundraising software and data analytics; the ability to work both collaboratively and independently, and to contribute to the overall strategic vision of the development and alumni relations office.
1. Enhance individual giving efforts, with a focus on Major Gifts, by helping to track and analyze donor trends and data and assist in updating the portfolios of giving officers with prospect assignments. Collaborate with prospect managers to evaluate prospect pipeline to determine which prospects should be prioritized, and in monitoring the prospects that are prioritized to ensure they are being handled appropriately.
2. Monitor progress toward annual and campaign fundraising goals; disseminate routine reports to Development staff to set goals, manage prospects, and build portfolios. Such reports include, but are not limited to: gift tables for yearly goals and campaign or project goals; prospect pool management reports for planning, management, and projection of activity; and analytical reports that provide accurate projections of gifts in the pipeline and demographic information on the prospect pool.
3. Work with the Sr. Associate Director to develop an annual and long term strategic operational plan for the Campaign. Collaborate with Director of Research and Director of Operations to ensure Campaign initiatives have sufficient prospects to meet fundraising goals, and newly-identified prospects are presented and assigned to appropriate development officers in a timely manner. Evaluate the need for and assist in the implementation of strategic research projects to assist with this.
4. Work with development officers to conduct periodic review and analysis of development officer portfolios to ensure the best prospects are assigned based on the parameters of the portfolio and the role of the development officer.
5. Works with the Executive Director of Development, Director of Development Operations and Business Office on gift and pledge reconciliation and reporting, particularly at fiscal year-end. Provides data and documentation needed for annual audit.
6. Other projects as needed
Bachelor's degree required. A minimum of 3 years of related experience in prospect research or management, development, library research, or other information-related field, preferably in a higher education setting. The incumbent must have demonstrated ability to work with donor databases, with a preference for experience with Raiser's Edge and Advance. Strong proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel (VLOOKUPs, Pivot Tables, charts, formulas, etc.) is required. He/she must have strong analytic background; organizational and time management skills; excellent communication skills, including the ability to translate fundraisers' needs into technical output. Ethics, and respect for donor confidentiality and privacy are a must. The incumbent must be highly motivated, articulate, creative, and function well in a fast-paced, dynamic environment where teamwork and performance are valued. Must have a passion for excellent customer service, commitment to exceptional quality, and ability to inspire colleagues toward accomplishing common objectives and goals. An understanding and appreciation of the role of development in an educational institution are highly desirable, as is an understanding of a professional school's mission and structure. This position requires evening and weekend work as necessary.
Ability to conceptualize and develop proactive prospecting methodologies to support organizational goals, including data mining, sophisticated constituent database queries, etc. Familiarity with wealth screening and its application to fundraising.
Because this position works so closely with Development Research, the successful candidate should understand the concepts of that function, such as what it takes to perform complex analyses and organize information to identify philanthropic patterns, tendencies, and relationships among individuals, corporations, and foundations.
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