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.
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