• Director of Annual Giving, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

    City
    New Brunswick
    State
    New Jersey
  • Overview

    Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (herein RBHS) seeks an entrepreneurial, experienced and collaborative professional to serve as its Director of Annual Giving for RBHS. With a multi-billion dollar campaign on the horizon, this Director will be tasked with creating a strategy to elevate the RBHS Annual Giving program to the next level. While coordinating with and having access to the resources of the central Annual Giving team, this role will have the opportunity to grow the program in a way that engages alumni, grateful patients, and members of the community that will have a significant impact on the eight schools and seven centers & institutes that encompass RBHS.

     

    Located on the New Brunswick campus, the Director will report to the Associate Vice President of RBHS Advancement Services with a dotted line to the Associate Vice President of Annual Giving. They will be joining the Foundation at a time of great enthusiasm for the future campaign, new Foundation facilities and office space, as well as an environment that encourages creativity, cutting-edge technology, and out-of-the-box ways to work efficiently and intelligently. The incumbent will provide strategic direction, execution, and management of a comprehensive medical annual giving program, including the oversight and coordination of supporting initiatives, which includes but is not limited to direct mail, e-solicitation, telefund, social media, and peer-to-peer solicitations. The Director will work closely with both AVPs to identify meaningful recognition opportunities that focus on retention and building the annual giving and major donor pipeline, as well as lead the implementation of RBHS-related stewardship activities. This position will be responsible for the engagement of key segments of constituents, including alumni, grateful patients, and Faculty & Staff and will serve as the face of marquis annual giving programs such as Giving Day and TAG Day to the RBHS community.

     

    The successful candidate is expected to have a Bachelor’s degree and at least five to seven years of experience in annual giving/individual giving/alumni relations/ communications /development, ideally from healthcare or higher education. They will be able to quickly gain substantive knowledge and comprehension of an ever-evolving RBHS system and the interest in translating those qualities to the philanthropic aspirations of new and existing annual giving donors. The ideal candidate will have excellent oral and written communication, organizational and interpersonal skills; ability to deal with a variety of situations with discretion and confidentiality, as well as prioritize job duties in a flexible manner to ensure increased annual giving outcomes.

     

    Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

    As New Jersey’s premier academic health center, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) thrives in educating students, providing clinical care, and conducting research, all with the goal of improving human health.  RBHS is equipped as never before to transform lives with its superior and professional staff along with their community of healers, scientists, and scholars.  Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences serves as the umbrella organization for eight schools, four centers, and institutes, and a behavioral health network.  It was created in July 2013 after the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Act went into effect.  This act integrated Rutgers University with all of the units of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, except University Hospital in Newark and the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford.  Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences was created and composed of legacy UMDNJ units and Rutgers School of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, and Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research.  Rutgers is one of the largest academic institutions in the United Stated providing health care education, research, clinical service and care.

    Led by chancellor Brian L. Strom, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) comprises eight schools and their attendant faculty practices, centers, institutes, and clinics; New Jersey's largest behavioral health care network; and numerous additional centers, institutes, and clinics. RBHS also includes New Jersey's leading comprehensive cancer care center, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, which reports directly to Rutgers' president, Robert L. Barchi. These units are found at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, including Piscataway; at Rutgers Health Sciences at Newark, Scotch Plains, Somerset, and Stratford; at Rutgers University–Newark; and at additional locations in New Jersey. RBHS, integral to Rutgers' mission, works synergistically with many other academic, research, and clinical units throughout the university and the region.

    More information can be found at http://rbhs.rutgers.edu

    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 universities, 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-New Brunswick is  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© (3) tax-exempt organization with the sole mission of supporting Rutgers University. The organization includes the areas of Alumni Relations, Development and related Communications. Led by Foundation President Nevin E. 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.

     

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

     

    DIRECTOR OF ANNUAL GIVING, RBHS

     

    Specific Responsibilities and Duties:

    • In alignment with the goals of RBHS development and central Annual Giving, this role will develop a comprehensive, strategic annual giving program and solicitation schedule involving a mix of channels and tactics on behalf of RBHS and with focus on increasing visibility, revenue, donor acquisition, stewardship & retention.
    • Perform a full analysis on current state of RBHS annual giving efforts and identify opportunities to increase efficiency and effectiveness based on industry best practices within direct mail, e-solicitation, telefund, social media, and peer-to-peer solicitations. Work with AVP of RBHS Advancement Services and AVP of Annual Giving to identify ways to incorporate annual giving efforts amongst the newly identified grateful patient population, and partner with the Associate Director of Annual Giving Stewardship to identify a comprehensive stewardship plan for annual giving to increase retention of current alumni and grateful patient annual fund donors.
    • Work effectively with partners amongst the schools and centers within RBHS to gain strong participation in annual giving and build strategies for moving donors to higher giving levels and strengthening their commitment to support. This includes not only high levels of collaboration with RBHS development officers, but also includes high levels of engagement with academic leadership to create a clear understanding of the value-add annual giving provides to each unit and program.
    • Under the leadership of the AVP for RBHS Advancement Services, the Director will collaborate closely with partners in RBHS Alumni Relations and Communications by recognizing the interdependency of all three functions and leveraging those to be more effective in elevating the Annual Giving program.
    • Work with partners in the Foundation’s Information Technology and Data offices, using their expertise and knowledge to leverage the information necessary for informed decision making, as well as the data and software platform necessary for tracking success and identifying areas of improvement. Foundation leadership prides itself on data driven decision making; the Director will mimic this attitude while being able to translate the nuances of medical annual giving terminology to a wider audience.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Qualities of the Ideal Candidate:

    The Director can be expected to have the following personal characteristics and professional qualifications:

    • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of five to seven years’ previous experience in annual giving/individual giving/alumni relations/communications/development, ideally from healthcare or higher education. Demonstrated success is implementing successful annual giving efforts is desired.
    • Demonstrated personal interest in and affinity for a university like Rutgers. A deep passion for public education and a personal desire for the advancement of educational access and research is expected. A B.A./B.S. is required and an advanced degree is welcomed.
    • The ability to quickly gain substantive knowledge and comprehension of an ever-evolving multi-faceted University and the interest in translating those qualities to the philanthropic aspirations of new and existing donors.
    • The maturity, judgment, and respect requisite to intelligently engage with leaders across the University; as well as excellent oral and written communication, organizational and interpersonal skills; ability to deal with a variety of situations with discretion and confidentiality, prioritize job duties in a flexible manner.

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