Cornell Law School, a nationally ranked Ivy League institution, is looking for a Director of Annual Giving to join the Alumni Affairs & Development division in the appealing city of Ithaca, NY. The Director will lead and grow the school's Annual Giving program, currently raising $2.6M+ in unrestricted dollars. They will also lead the Law School's philanthropic marketing efforts, working closely with the Associate Dean, the Law Communications team and other stakeholders to create and disseminate broad-based messaging addressing the full range of the School's philanthropic priorities.
This is an opportunity to a lead a critical area of fundraising for a top law school with a highly-engaged alumni base and a strong tradition of philanthropy. Joining at the outset of the public phase of the campaign, the director will architect the growth of the school's philanthropic constituency. The Law team is close-knit and collaborative, with members working together across functional areas to achieve shared goals for unrestricted revenue, major gifts and engagement.
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.
Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
Set near and long-term goals, developing a coordinated matrix of communication and solicitation strategies focused on expanding a sustainable tradition of annual support among Law alumni and friends.
Continuously evaluate strategy and implementation, disseminate results.
Manage and coach one to two team members.
Recruit and manage a peer to peer solicitation group, the Dean's Special Leadership Committee (DSLC).
Oversee direct marketing stewardship efforts, including donor acknowledgements, the Year In Philanthropy publication and other targeted touches.
Increase overall participation in annual giving.
Guide student and recent graduate giving programs.
Coordinate with colleagues to leverage reunion-based giving opportunities.
Oversee data integrity efforts
Manage a portfolio of 15 to 20 leadership gift prospects.
The Director needs to have a deep understanding of and demonstrated ability with a multichannel annual giving approach, including direct mail, audience segmentation, email solicitations, crowdfunding, social media, and text message approaches that increase dollars and donors in support of the annual funds. In all of these efforts, the Director will work in close collaboration with centrally-based colleagues, especially those in the Communications, Marketing and Participation and Annual Giving Program teams.
The successful candidate will be a collaborative innovative, strategic, creative and intellectually curious/broad thinker who has a demonstrated track record of driving and inspiring a culture of giving within and external to Cornell. This individual will create new fundraising strategies that build on the University's strong tradition of philanthropic giving and committed alumni base.
Bachelor's degree with five or more years of experience in fundraising and development or with equivalent transferrable skills.
Demonstrated supervision and management skills.
Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
Must have strong computer software skills including MS Office, excel, power point databases and networked information systems.
Must have excellent analytic skills to ensure data-driven results.
Must be able to work in a team-based environment and have the ability to direct and motivate staff and volunteers.
Some travel required.
Master's Degree or equivalent.
Experience with People Soft and tableau reporting preferred.
Experience within a large complex institution in the field of Alumni Affairs and Development.
*To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.
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Annual Fund Officer III
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