• Assistant Director of Development, R Fund

    New Brunswick
    New Jersey
  • Overview

    The Assistant Director of Development, R Fund is responsible for the oversight and execution of the master athletic development calendar of events, as well as the stewardship of all R Fund donors, maintenances of donor profiles and recognition reports, and all associated recognition of Scarlet Society, athletics exclusive giving society that recognizes donors at the annual level of $50,000 or $1 million in their lifetime to athletics.


    Manages all R Fund events including two marque events – the 50 Yard Line Dinner and the Scholarship Luncheon.  Additionally, all events related to facilities campaigns, ribbon cutting, ground breaking, and topping off ceremonies.   Identifies and researches gift prospects and/or funding sources, conducting analysis of net worth, determining funding levels, and constructing a donor profile. Schedules, arranges, and coordinates thematic design and logistics for development events and donor meetings briefs staff and administration on key donors or prospects in attendance at all events. Coordinates with Donor Relations to develop talking points, donor bios, and event programing. Acknowledges donors, creates gift reports, and other informational materials for development office, financial aid, accounting, and other departments. Coordinates donor initiated scholarship programs and ensure that donor specifications are met. Completes work under general supervision, within established work parameters, with few direct instructions. Carries out routine and non-routine tasks with occasional review of work outputs by supervisor.


    Performs professional work that requires knowledge of prospect research, event implementation, and donor cultivation, and a good understanding, use, and application of concepts, theories, principles, practices, terminology, and applied bases of development.


    1.     Event Management (50%)

    • Manage the master athletic development calendar of events. Plan, schedule, and execute dozens of donor-related events and trips through the year, including the 50 Yard Line Dinner for top donors, the Annual Scholarship Luncheon for scholarship donors, away game donor functions, and cocktail receptions and dinners. Additionally manages all exclusive events, all events related to the capital campaign, and travel for Scarlet Society members
    • Coordination and implementation of appointments, travel, and special events
    • Presentations on projects/events and the execution of thematic donor events
    • Prepare donor bios in advance of events for university, Foundation, and athletic leaders
    • Timely response to donor requests and concerns. Maintenance of donors' interest in giving
    • Focus on increased event attendance and timely follow-up after the events


    2.     Stewardship of Athletic Donors (35%)

    • Responsible for the stewardship plan and process for all athletic supporters of R Fund (over 9,000 annually).  This includes the coordination of timely thank you notes, as well as the allocation of benefits throughout the fiscal year
    • Oversee the stewardship and communication plan for top donors, our Scarlet Society members
    • Manage the stewardship of Rutgers Athletics scholarship program which includes working with head coaches to assign scholarships to student-athletes, ensuring timely communications and thank yous from student-athletes to donors
    • Work closely with head coaches and development directors to provide appropriate donor recognition through publications, mailings, and events


    3.     Other duties as assigned (15%)

    • Assist and manage with inquiries and upgrades related to R Fund, Rutgers annual giving program as it relates to benefits allocation, recognition and developing stewardship opportunities to help develop and grow the donor base. Focused on discovery and cultivation meetings. Assists from office staff with questions regarding donations, parking, RSF, priority points, and tickets. Expected outcome is increased customer satisfaction


    Requires a bachelor's degree in marketing, business, or sports management or in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and a minimum of two years relevant experience that demonstrates knowledge, skill, and understanding of donor research, customer service, donor/public relations, and event execution.

    About Us

    Created ln 1973, the Rutgers University Foundation advances Rutgers' pursuit of excellence In education, research, and public service. We build relationships with alumni and friends, corporations, and foundations and seek their support of Rutgers programs throughout New Jersey and the world. Our sole mission is to support Rutgers.


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