• Senior Development Associate, Rutgers Camden

    New Jersey
  • Overview

    The Rutgers University Foundation (RUF) seeks an entrepreneurial, detail-oriented, and energetic Senior Development Associate to serve as the project and implementation support to the Vice President of Advancement-Camden. This role supports the Vice President in a large number of his activities, including but not limited to prospect strategy and execution, collaboration and data gathering for reporting purposes, preparation for high level meetings, and coordination with RU-Camden and Foundation executive team members. The Senior Development Associate will be entrusted to work across the Foundation, university, schools and units in Camden at all levels to complete tasks as assigned by the Vice President in a timely and collegial fashion.


    The Vice President of Advancement-Camden provides leadership to the Camden Advancement team and the Camden Chancellor. He also carries a personal portfolio of major and principal gift donors and potential donors. The Senior Development Associate will support the Vice President on the execution, planning and distribution of many of these duties, transitioning seamlessly between strategy, data gathering and analysis, event management, donor relations, and implementation.  The Senior Development Associate will serve as an extension of the Vice President, representing the Vice President in meetings to advance the Vice President’s direction for the office and Advancement program.


    The ideal candidate will have experience in education and development, with a keen understanding of the relationship between academic administration and the fundraising and alumni relations functions. S/he will demonstrate an ability to be detail oriented and have a proven track record of project management. Superior writing skills are expected, as is the professionalism and ability to interact with colleagues and high net-worth individuals. S/he will be proactive, executing projects as assigned but capable of providing feedback and suggestions to the Vice President to aid efficiency and transparency. The successful candidate will have a high degree of comfort in taking limited information and translating it to actionable plans and outcomes. S/he will lead with an attitude that engenders confidence with Foundation ELG members, RU-Camden Leadership Team, RU-Camden Advancement staff, as well as the RU-Camden campus and community. A Bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree in a writing intensive area of study is welcome.


    Rutgers University Foundation


    Created in 1973, the Rutgers University Foundation advances Rutgers' pursuit of excellence in education, research, and public service. The Foundation provides the bridge between donors and the schools, programs, faculty, and students that make up the University. The Foundation helps to match caring people with satisfying and meaningful opportunities to make gifts that have an impact on Rutgers. Founded in 1766, Rutgers is the eighth oldest institution of higher education in the nation. Today, Rutgers, a member of the Association of American Universities, is New Jersey's premier public research institution and flagship state university. More than 100 majors offer students vast opportunities. On July 1, 2014, Rutgers University joined The Big Ten Conference of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service.


    Lead by Foundation President Nevin Kessler and his senior cabinet – the Executive Leadership Group (ELG) – the Foundation is in an enviable moment of growth and expansion. Along with development, the Foundation houses Alumni Relations, its own Communications department and all associated support services totaling 247 full time employees (73 frontline fundraisers). RUF employees enjoy a collaborative relationship with the University, sharing many resources and benefits, yet still maintaining its status as an independent 501(c)3 non-profit. Overall, organizational priorities include the emergence of an upcoming campaign, following the completion of a successful $1 billion campaign in 2014.


    More information on the Foundation can be found on: www.support.rutgers.edu


    Rutgers University – Camden


    Founded in 1926 as two institutions – the South Jersey Law School and the College of South Jersey – Rutgers University-Camden was born when these schools merged with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 1950. Founded in 1766, Rutgers is the eighth oldest higher education- institution in the U.S. and New Jersey’s flagship public research university with four Chancellor- led entities – three universities (Rutgers—New Brunswick, Rutgers—Camden, Rutgers—Newark), and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS). Today, Rutgers–Camden combines the resources of a major national research university with the smaller, more intimate environment of an urban-serving public research institution dedicated to serving the needs of its local and regional community in South Jersey and the greater Delaware Valley. Rutgers—Camden’s distinctive position as a mid-sized urban campus within a first-rank research university system enables a combination of world-class research, personalized student learning, and high-impact civic engagement.


    Learn more at www.camden.rutgers.edu


    Philip Ellmore, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at Rutgers University–Camden and as Vice President for Advancement–Camden for the Rutgers University Foundation


    Philip Ellmore joined Rutgers in January 2018 as the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at Rutgers University–Camden and as Vice President for Advancement–Camden for the Rutgers University Foundation. In this position, Phil leads Rutgers University–Camden’s efforts to build overall support for our strategic goals. In this capacity, he oversees our efforts to attract greater revenue from institutional and individual donors; increase student and alumni engagement; and promote the Rutgers–Camden brand to advance the visibility and strength of our university.


    Prior to joining Rutgers, Phil served as the Chief Development Officer and Executive Director of the Stockton University Foundation, where he oversees major gifts, annual giving programs, planned giving, special events, alumni affairs, advancement services, staff recruitment, and training.  During fiscal year 2017, donations to Stockton increased by more than 50% over the previous year, and during fiscal year 2016, Stockton enjoyed a giving increase of nearly 40% over the year before.  Support for scholarships and alumni participation tripled during his tenure at Stockton.


    Prior to joining Stockton, Phil served as Assistant Vice President of Development at Muhlenberg College, where he exceeded target goals for that school’s fundraising campaign.  He also has served as Vice President of Development at North Carolina Wesleyan University and as Vice President of Institutional Advancement at the Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University.


    Phil earned his Ph.D. in leadership studies and organizational behavior at the Union Institute and University.  He received his master’s degree at Palmer Theological Seminary and his bachelor’s degree at Alderson-Broaddus University. 


    Senior Development Associate


    Specific Responsibilities and Duties

    • Assist the Vice President in managing his portfolio of donors as well as those of the RU-Camden Chancellor. This includes scheduling appointments, tracking next steps with each donor including upcoming visits, invitations, and stewardship opportunities. The Senior Development Associate will be responsible for drafting donor contact reports from notes and debriefings with the Vice President and drafting acknowledgement letters and other correspondence. The Senior Development Associate is expected to have the experience and knowledge to not only execute on given tasks but to also suggest next steps with regards to projects and donor cultivation. S/he will be able to prepare talking points and carry out follow up efforts with lead donors and trustees.
    • Work in partnership with colleagues across the Foundation and RU-Camden. The Senior Development Associate will work closely with Prospect Management regarding potential donors, with Foundation and Alumni Communications, and with Strategic Advancement Solutions to acquire appropriate data for the Vice President’s presentations and activity. S/he will work with other members of the ELG, RU-Camden Advancement staff, and RU-Camden Leadership Team (Chancellor, Provost, Deans, VP’s, etc.) regarding involvement and interaction with the Vice President’s donors.
    • Create detailed presentations using the latest technologies. The Senior Development Associate will use presentation platforms such as PowerPoint and Prezi to create content designed to appeal to a specific constituency or a broader audience.
    • Lead other projects as assigned by the Vice President.


    Qualities of the Ideal Candidate


    The Senior Development Associate can be expected to have the following personal characteristics and professional qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree plus three to five years’ experience working as a fundraiser and/or in a fundraising/development/alumni relations/ donor relations department is expected. This experience can be gained at an institution of higher education, K-12 school, or another non-profit with a significant commitment to fundraising and development.
    • Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills
    • Ability to work both independently and collaborative within a team environment
    • Excellent grammatical skills; lively, engaging writing style, and demonstrated ability to create correspondence for large groups
    • Experience creating presentation materials. Knowledge of presentation software such as Prezi or Microsoft PowerPoint
    • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
    • Ability to maintain a positive and professional attitude working across Foundation staff
    • Ability to work under pressure of deadlines and maintain an extremely high level of attention to detail and professionalism


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