The Rutgers University Foundation (RUF) seeks an entrepreneurial, detail-oriented, and energetic Campaign Coordinator to provide project and administrative support to the Campaign Director and the Strategic Advancement Services team. This role reports to the Campaign Director and works closely with the Board Secretary to support a broad range of activities, including but not limited to providing project support for all facets of the campaign, providing assistance for board-related activities, creating presentations and preparing for high-level meetings, corresponding regularly with foundation and university colleagues, pulling and interpreting reports, and scheduling and coordinating meetings. The Campaign Coordinator will be entrusted to work across the organization and at all levels to complete tasks as assigned in a timely and collegial manner.
Founded in 1766, Rutgers is the eighth oldest institution of higher education in the nation. Today, Rutgers is New Jersey’s premier public research institution and flagship state university. 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.
Rutgers University consists of four chancellor-led units: Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), Rutgers—Camden, Rutgers—New Brunswick, and Rutgers—Newark.
Rutgers University Foundation
Created in 1973, the Rutgers University Foundation is an independent non-profit charged with the engagement of Rutgers University alumni and the identification and stewardship of donors. The foundation advances Rutgers’ pursuit of excellence in education, research, and public service by providing a bridge between donors and the chancellor-led units, 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.
In 2014, the foundation closed Our Rutgers, Our Future, the largest and most comprehensive fundraising campaign in the university’s history, with a surpassed $1 billion goal. Led by foundation President Nevin E. Kessler and his senior cabinet – the Executive Leadership Group (ELG) – the foundation closed another record-breaking fundraising year in 2018, with $223.4 million raised. Under Kessler’s leadership, the foundation is undergoing preparations for the launch of the university’s next comprehensive campaign.
More info on the foundation can be found on: www.support.rutgers.edu
Julie Shadle, Vice President of Strategic Advancement Solutions
Julie Shadle joined Rutgers University Foundation in July 2010, was named Vice President for Campaign and Development Operations in November 2010, and continues to provide executive leadership for the rebranded division of Strategic Advancement Solutions.
In her capacity at Rutgers, Shadle served as the campaign director for the university’s successful $1 billion campaign, Our Rutgers, Our Future. She provides strategic and managerial leadership to the functions of Donor Relations, Development Research, Prospect Management, IT, and Gift Processing/Records, as well as administrative leadership for the activities of the foundation’s Board of Overseers.
Prior to joining Rutgers, Shadle had a long and distinguished career at Princeton University, where in her final position she served as Director, Development Services. Julie made an indelible impact on Princeton’s success providing technical, information, and communication support to three highly successful comprehensive campaigns and contributing to university-wide process and change management efforts. She has served the advancement services community through user group and product advisory leadership positions. She holds a B.A. in History from Shepherd University.
Jessica Miller, Campaign Director
Jessica joined Rutgers as Campaign Director in August of 2018. In this capacity, she provides strategic leadership and executive staffing for the university’s upcoming comprehensive campaign. She conducts planning exercises and initiatives that will inform the financial, programmatic, and cultural goals and objectives of the campaign, facilitates execution of the campaign plan, and tracks outputs and deliverables against goals, metrics, and best practices.
Jessica comes to Rutgers from the University of Florida, where she worked with senior leadership to plan and launch the university’s fourth comprehensive campaign – Go Greater – with a $3 billion goal.
Jessica holds a B.B.A. in Business Management.
Susan Catania, Executive Assistant to the VP of Strategic Advancement Solutions and Assistant Secretary of the Board of Overseers
Susan is the Assistant Secretary of the Board of Overseers and the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Strategic Advancement Solutions. In her dual role, she is responsible for executing all Board of Overseers Committee meetings including coordinating logistics, organizing meeting times and locations, assisting with the preparation of meeting materials and ensuring they are posted promptly on Directors Desk, and composing meeting minutes.
As the Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Strategic Advancement Solutions (SAS), Susan supports the day-to-day operations of the vice president by managing her calendar and meeting appointments, arranging and coordinating logistics for events and meetings, making conference and travel arrangements. Susan also manages the department budgets, runs fundraising reports, and prepares spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations not only for the vice president but also for the president of the foundation.
The Campaign Coordinator will provide essential support to the Campaign Director during this integral campaign planning period, and for the duration of the campaign. The ideal candidate will have experience in higher education and/or development, with a keen understanding of the relationship between academic administration and the fundraising, alumni relations, and foundation communications functions. Additionally, s/he will also have an understanding of and/or interest in the basic facets and fundamental mission of a comprehensive campaign. S/he will demonstrate an ability to be detail oriented and have a proven track record of quality project management. Superior writing and editing skills are expected, as is the ability and professionalism to interact with colleagues, board members, and high-level individuals. S/he will be proactive, executing projects as assigned and will be capable of working autonomously and able to provide feedback and suggestions to the Director. The successful candidate will have a high degree of comfort in taking limited information and translating it into actionable plans and outcomes. S/he will lead with an attitude that engenders confidence with the Executive Leadership Group (ELG) as well as their support staff. A Bachelor’s degree is required and an emphasis in communication, business, or writing is welcome.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Board of Overseers:
The Campaign Coordinator can be expected to have the following personal characteristics and professional qualifications: