The New School seeks a dedicated fundraising professional to serve as a Development Associate for the University Development and Alumni Relations Team. Reporting to the Directors of Development for both the College of the Performing Arts and the Schools of Public Engagement, the Associate will be responsible for overseeing the fundraising operations and special projects for their team, providing administrative and project management support. This multi-faceted position provides the opportunity to collaborate with many different teams in the Development office and across the university.
As the University celebrates its centennial in 2019, the Associate will provide support to the Development team to assist in the effort to raise campaign funds for capital projects, programming, and endowment support aligned with the individual school and university's strategic plan and vision.
Support multiple fundraisers and coordinate with academic partners across the university, specifically the Dean's offices for the various schools, providing exceptional customer service both internally and externally.
Engage in strong calendar management noting signature events, key meetings, communications, and travel for major gift officers, while coordinating meeting setup as necessary.
Manage all aspects of constituent communications ranging from Dean's acknowledgement letters and personalized correspondence from major gift officers, to custom proposals, tailored reports, and communications with the Board of Governors, and other key groups and/or individuals as directed.
In preparation of meetings, gather research on individual prospects and institutions through coordination with Development Research, Alumni Engagement, and Institutional Giving for dissemination to the Development team, school dean, and University president.
Track moves management for the major gift officers, inputting donor outreach, correspondence, meetings, and proposals into the donor database (Banner) under the guidance and direction of Development Research.
Provide support in a project management role through proactively organizing and preparing for board meetings and signature events alongside the Special Events teams across the university. Tasks including but not limited to management of the guest list, venue, catering, audio/visual requirements, agendas, and other materials as needed.
Collaborate on planning and executing creative strategies for cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding prospects in consultation with Development and Alumni Engagement colleagues, university administrators, faculty, trustees, and other volunteers as appropriate.
Coordinate gift in kind donation requests with donors and academic partners.
Assist Development colleagues as needed.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Exceptional organizational, verbal, and written communication skills.
Minimum of three years in a professional office setting, ideally assisting fundraisers at a senior level in higher education.
Appreciation for the higher education setting and interest in fundraising around innovative educational initiatives that foster student success, creativity, and exceptional teaching.
A strong work ethic and motivation to assist fundraisers in meeting an aggressive annual fundraising goal.
Exercises good judgment and discretion with sensitive and confidential information.
An entrepreneurial, solutions-oriented disposition with the ability to prioritize tasks; anticipate and embrace change; acquire and use new skills; and creatively address challenging tasks.
Exceptional collaboration and interpersonal skills, and the ability to be effective at engaging with all levels of the University.
Demonstrated ability to confidently establish credibility with stakeholders at all levels.
Eager to work with ethnically, culturally, and socially diverse constituencies.
Some evenings and weekend hours required.
Strong technology skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite.
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About The New School
The New School, a leading university in downtown New York City, offers degree and nondegree academic programs in design, the social sciences, the liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. Students benefit from small classes, superior resources, and renowned faculty members who practice what they teach. Continuing education courses and public programs place the university at the center of New York’s cultural and intellectual life.