• Associate Director of Annual Giving Stewardship

    New Brunswick
    New Jersey
  • Overview

    The Rutgers University Foundation (RUF) seeks a creative, innovative and strategic Associate Director of Annual Giving Stewardship (herein AD) to build stewardship programs for RUF’s comprehensive annual giving program. The Annual Giving team has identified four priorities through their strategic plan: increasing annual giving dollars and donors, building the donor base and annual giving pipeline through concentrated stewardship efforts, growing student philanthropic knowledge and engagement, and furthering investment in direct marketing and digital strategy to better connect donors to the philanthropic priorities that resonate with them. Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Annual Giving, the AD will be responsible for leading the implementation of stewardship activities and play a key role in leveraging and assessing the success of programming around that strategic priority. The Associate Director will work closely with the AVP to create meaningful recognition opportunities that focus on retention and building the annual giving and major donor pipeline. The AD will create impact reports for annual giving level donors and work with professionals across the Annual Giving team to segment and recognize lower level donors. Specifically, the AD will perform the ground work to reinvigorate RU Loyal, the recognition program for donors who give for two or more consecutive years. The AD will also be tasked with building new ranges for entry level leadership giving and sharing this expertise with Foundation staff.


    The ideal candidate will come from a development background and with experience in annual giving, donor relations &/or communications and marketing in an advancement space. S/he will have a strong track record of designing, implementing and executing successful annual giving strategies that have resulted in significant increases in program donors and dollars. Experience in maintaining and enhancing a comprehensive stewardship program, including managing impact reporting and creating stewardship plans is preferred. The AD should be strategic, detail-oriented and self-motivated with the ability to collaborate and build relationships with staff members, donors and volunteers across the Foundation and the University system.


    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. The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization with the sole mission of supporting Rutgers University. The organization includes the areas of Alumni Relations, Development and related Communications. Lead by Foundation President Nevin Kessler and his senior cabinet – the Executive Leadership Group (ELG) – the Foundation successfully completed a $1 billion campaign in 2014 and is preparing for another multi-billion dollar campaign in the near future.

    Duties and Responsibilities


    • In collaboration with the AVP, the AD will strategize, design, and implement a long-term, comprehensive stewardship plan for annual giving to increase donor retention and build a pipeline for increased giving.
    • Create an overall strategy to retain donors through the RU Loyal Society; consult with development officers to provide purposeful and meaningful recognition opportunities for their donors. Oversee the segmentation of donor levels and create recognition opportunities for donors who have given for two consecutive years.
    • Develop additional levels of the President’s Club to establish a pipeline and recognize entry level leadership giving. Collaborate with Annual Giving and Donor Relations teams to develop and implement a variety of strategies to engage these donors on a variety of platforms. Develop new ideas and initiatives to recognize donors and convey appreciation for their continued and loyal support of Rutgers.
    • Oversee stewardship recognition/writing-related tasks including creating impact reports for annual giving level donors.
    • Identify universities with strong annual giving stewardship programs to understand best practices and establish metrics to benchmarks to track programmatic success.
    • Collaborate with Foundation and Alumni Communications, IT, Donor Relations and the rest of the Annual Giving team to ensure the success creation and implementation of platforms and processes that will support new programming.



    Qualities of the Ideal Candidate


    • Minimum of five years of experience in annual giving with a Bachelor's degree in English, communications, journalism, marketing or related field.
    • Proficiency in prioritizing and managing diverse, on-going projects, as well as ability to adhere to deadlines. Ability to maintain an extremely high level of attention to detail and professionalism. Demonstrates proactive, strategic and detail-oriented approaches and a strong commitment to quality, efficiency and effectiveness
    • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills, team-oriented collaboration and consistent professionalism. The ability to build relationship and work collaboratively with various Foundation and University professionals.
    • Self-motivated individual with the ability to think strategically and manage multiple projects. Desire to build and create new stewardship programs. Data savvy with a strong interest in the direct impact of annual giving stewardship metrics.
    • Impeccable written skills are required. Successful candidate will have excellent grammatical skills; lively, engaging writing style, and demonstrated ability to create correspondence for a variety of voices and audiences.


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