The Alumni Affairs and Development (AAD) unit is a collaborative team of individuals who engage alumni, parents and friends of the ILR School with the goal of building connections to the school and university as well as increasing funding for school priorities and programs. The Assistant Director reports to the Assistant Dean Alumni Affairs and Development.
The ideal candidate is a skilled relationship builder, creative and enthusiastic, while being extremely collaborative, organized and strategic.
The Assistant Director is responsible for the following:
Manage a portfolio of up to 300 ILR alumni, parents and/or friends with the goal of cultivating, soliciting and stewarding annual and multi-year commitments to the ILR School.The donor prospects in the portfolio will have demonstrated capacity to give at the Leadership Gifts level. Donor prospects may be moderately engaged or not at all.
Particular focus shall be placed on those who can increase their annual giving each year and identifying new donor prospects.
A vast majority of this work will be in collaboration with the central AAD division, in particular, the Cornell Leadership Gifts Program, and will be executed through extensive travel as well as electronic means.
Maintain in-depth knowledge of the school's campaign priorities, signature programs, key faculty, and notable alumni.
Keep current with alumni affairs and development business practices and technology.
Ensure the timely capture and recording of data relating to cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activity relating to prospect pool.
The Assistant Director will:
Work with all forms of communication: in person, phone, email, FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, Alumni Web pages, etc. to increase fundraising at the ILR School.
We welcome a career oriented individual with a drive to succeed who enjoys being part of a team and is able to work collaboratively with internal and external constituencies.
Bachelor's degree with a minimum of three years of experience in one or more of the following areas: development, fundraising, donor relations, alumni relations, public relations, marketing/communications or related experience or equivalent.(Bachelor's degree or equivalent; 2 but less than 3 years experience or equivalent)
Collaborative, energetic, self-motivated, and engaging professional with strong multi-tasking skills and sound judgment who can effectively and diplomatically work with alumni and donors, colleagues, members of the faculty, high-level administrators, volunteer leaders, and other constituents.
Superior verbal and written communications skills; effective organizational skills and strong detail orientation; the ability to speak and present credibly about higher education and the goals and mission of Cornell and the ILR School.
A high degree of customer service orientation, personal motivation and commitment to values that support Cornell's mission to foster initiative, integrity, and excellence in an environment of collegiality, civility and responsible stewardship.
Ability to work in a system that emphasizes measurable objectives, including mutually agreed upon targets for fundraising goal.
Must be able to work in fast-paced, demanding environment while using sound judgment in decision making and in accomplishing tasks that are urgent or of a sensitive or confidential nature while meeting competing deadlines.
Must be able and willing to work occasional weekends, evenings, and to travel extensively on behalf of Cornell (international travel included).
Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) as well as PeopleSoft.
Prefer experience in higher education or similarly complex environment.
Experience working with fundraising programs and possess an understanding of concepts and principles of alumni affairs and development.
Some experience with marketing, messaging and publications (both Web and print).
Prefer experience with PeopleSoft.
No relocation assistance or visa sponsorship provided for this position.
This is a full-time, non-academic staff, benefits eligible opportunity, which is located on Ithaca campus.
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