Cornell University, a nationally ranked Ivy League institution, is looking for an Associate Director, Donor Participation & College and Unit Partnerships to join the Alumni Affairs & Development division in the appealing city of Ithaca, NY. Reporting to the Director of Donor Participation and Marketing Strategy, the Associate Director leads the coordination of strategic partnerships throughout Alumni, Affairs and Development to develop integrated marketing strategies to solicit 250,000+ alumni annually, grow alumni and student giving year over year, and raise broad base support for the annual funds.
This role sits within AAD's recently-formed Communications, Marketing & Participation team, a group of fun, committed, and talented professionals looking to push the envelope on advancement communications, marketing, and participation-level giving.
Cornell provides exceptional benefits that include professional development, wellness programs, health care options, generous paid leave provisions, 12 holidays, employee education options, a retirement program, and Children's Tuition Assistance. Cornell receives national recognition, as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
Lead the critical partnership between Alumni Affairs and Development's Communications, Marketing and Participation (CMP) team and college and unit broad base fundraisers as well as other university partners.
Serve as a primary liaison with the college and unit annual giving staff, working with them to develop a cohesive marketing and donor participation strategy and coordinate implementation of comprehensive marketing plans to increase the number of alumni and student donors (participation) as well as broad base support for the annual funds.
Provide leadership and expertise to the colleges and units, and facilitates regular dialogue between university AAD and colleges and units to leverage opportunities, streamline efforts, and increase broad base fundraising effectiveness.
Serve as project manager for Cornell's annual Giving Day, leading the strategy, implementation, oversight, partnerships, evaluation, and refinement of Cornell's flagship integrated marketing campaign which results in as many as 13,000 donors and $8 million raised in one day.
Partner in the development of the division's young alumni donor participation strategy, working with key partners across AAD, including Marketing Operations, Student and Young Alumni Giving and Student and Young Alumni Programs, to develop, evaluate, and refine strategy and to set and monitor participation goals as they appear on the division's growth dashboard.
Spearhead and lead the piloting of innovative initiatives that will increase donor participation, and leads integration of new efforts making them scalable for colleges and units (examples could include but aren't limited to Venmo, texting, donations with event registration, event follow-up solicitations, recurring giving, etc.).
Develop strong working relationships with colleagues across the division to further the work of the CMP team including parents' programs, advancement services, volunteer giving initiatives, leadership annual giving, business intelligence, IT, prospect management, class programs, and young alumni programs.
Bachelor's Degree or the equivalent, with 3-5 years of experience, working in a large, complex, team-based environment that involves working with a mixture of internal and external constituents on a regular basis.
Experience in or relevant experience in developing and implementing cross-channel direct response marketing campaigns.
Demonstrated ability to create and implement long-term plans and annual goals and objectives.
Demonstrated the ability to effectively lead, support, build and maintain relationships with internal partners.
Must have a track record of being incredibly responsive.
Must be excited about innovating and willing to test new approaches even if they may fail.
Ability to function effectively in a large, de-centralized university environment and build solid relationships with several departments throughout the university.
Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
Ability to thrive and grow in an uncertain and changing environment, and maintain a positive attitude and flexibility
Excellent interpersonal skills. Effective verbal and written communication skills. Excellent presentation skills.
Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, able to work with and around extremely sensitive and confidential information.
Must be able to exercise judgment and discretion and make decisions that may impact the organization and its constituents.
Must be able to work with desktop applications, databases, networked informational systems and the internet.
University Job Title:
Annual Fund Officer III
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