Reporting to the Chief Development Officer – and in collaboration with the Parsons' Executive Dean, five school-based deans, and faculty – the Assistant Vice President of Development, Parsons will design and execute a strategic fundraising plan for the School, focused to capitalize on philanthropic support from individuals, foundations and corporations advancing the support for the Making Parsons: A Campaign for Parsons' Future.
Since The New School's inception, the university's trustees, alumni, charitable institutions and friends have provided essential resources to students and faculty. The University Development and Alumni Relations Office is committed to raising funds from a wide range of donors that enable the university to consistently offer education of the highest quality to students from all over the world.
As the CDO's partner, the AVP will interact regularly with the President, Provost, Executive Dean of Parsons, Senior Officers, Faculty, and Directors of The New School and will represent the CDO in their absence on Parsons related business.
As the head of the Parsons fundraising team, the AVP have 4 direct reports (two Directors, a Manager, and an assistant), will serve as the primary liaison with the Parsons Board of Governors, and lead the efforts of the premier annual fundraising event, The Parsons Benefit.
Prospect Management and Principal Gift Solicitation - Supervise and guide the work of a full-time Parsons fundraising team - Cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of principal gift prospects working towards closing principal gifts for the school - Routinely review the Parsons prospect pool and assignments - Identify prospects for leadership opportunities including the Board of Trustees, Board of - Governors, and Alumni engagement in support of the Parsons Reunion
Board Management - Service as primary liaison to the Parsons Board of Governors - Guide Board fundraising - Secure annual and major gifts from Parsons Board of Governors - Collaborate with Executive Dean and Board Chair to create strategic board meeting agendas that further fundraising goals - Manage Board communication materials - Identify next generation of Board leadership - Participate on, and further development goals with Board committees
Parsons Benefit - Work with senior team to craft proposals for corporate prospects - Collaborate with Executive Dean, school leadership, Director of Special Events, School of Fashion, outside public relations company and additional consultants to design, implement and evaluate event goal and strategic plan and internal and external planning committee to develop and execute event - Assist in the management of fundraising plan for Honorees, Board members and other event prospects - Lead organizational planning for UDARO team, including alumni relations
Administrative Tasks - Manage briefing meetings with Dean and university leadership - Manage briefing meetings with UDARO staff concerning prospect pipeline activity and moves management - Train, coach, and counsel team members - Attend UDARO planning meetings with senior leadership - Attend and participate in university-wide events - Other duties as assigned
At least eight years of fundraising experience in a cultural non-profit and/or institution of higher education
Demonstrated management skill and knowledge of a broad range of development activities
Ability to independently initiate, organize and follow through with program plans, coordinate a wide variety of activities, and supervise numerous projects at the same time
Experience building relationships and soliciting gifts from individuals
Highly motivated with the ability to meet aggressive annual fundraising goals
Strong written and verbal communications skills
An entrepreneurial disposition and the ability to prioritize tasks
A strong work ethic and integrity
The ability to lead a collaborative effort, motivate others, and oversee the continued maturation of an evolving program
Knowledge of New York City donor community is a plus. Experience at an institution of higher education is also a plus. Understanding and experience with development and promotional writing and editing, direct mail, data process and work processing are helpful.
Internal Number: 15455
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