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The Office of the Arts (OA) at Emerson College is looking for a Senior Development Officer (SDO) who can provide strategic direction and leadership for a full range of development activities including annual giving, major gifts, foundation relations, special events and corporate sponsorships. ArtsEmerson (AE), Boston's premier presenter of contemporary theatre, and HowlRound (HR), an online knowledge commons for and by the theater community, both sit within the Office of The Arts.
ArtsEmerson is celebrating its 10th Anniversary beginning in the fall of 2019 and as part of this milestone is in the quiet phase of a comprehensive fundraising campaign to raise $10M over the next three years. The SDO will partner with colleagues to bring innovative approaches to the organization's growing development program and to lead campaign activities.
PRIORITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The SDO will partner with the Senior Associate Vice President of the Office of the Arts/Executive Director of ArtsEmerson to build and implement a robust development program. S/he will lead all aspects of development for the Office of the Arts. This includes, but not limited to:
Develop and implement comprehensive strategic plans for annual and campaign fundraising; ongoing major gift development and solicitation; stewardship activities including donor and cultivation events; prospect communication, participation and giving; and corporate and foundation relations and engagement.
Identify fundraising priorities in partnership with the AVP; plan and direct the cultivation and solicitation of AE and HR prospects.
Advise OA departments regarding securing funds for special projects.
In collaboration with the Emerson College Development Office, drive prospect management and related record keeping and communications, as well as prospect research and portfolio analytics.
Initiate reports, conduct studies, analyze data and perform other tasks related to development at the direction of the Associate Vice President.
Manage and mentor the development team, including Sr. Manager of Development Operations, Foundations Relations Manager, Development Associate, consultants, and freelancers as required
Leadership and Management
Lead, mentor, and coordinate the efforts of the Office of the Arts Development Team
Organize, problem solve, raise issues, and integrate initiatives, solutions, and actions for the AVP. Act as an executive liaison to ensure successful implementation of all development priorities.
Work with staff to set and evaluate individual goals, develop and sustain appropriate training, identify and recommend professional development opportunities for staff members, and assign and ensure coverage of primary areas of focus.
Through collegial consultation and cooperation, demonstrate and be a model of collaboration in the Emerson College/Office of the Arts development community.
Maintain strong lines of communication with colleagues in the development and finance offices at the college, to ensure synergy in achieving OA's fundraising goals and objectives.
Work with other development personnel in identifying prospect opportunities and supporting the overall college fundraising goals.
IDEAL QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE The Senior Development Officer reports to the Associate Vice President of the Office of the Arts/Executive Director of ArtsEmerson and works closely with the Co-Artistic Directors and the Vice President of Institutional Advancement. He/she serves as a key member of the senior leadership team in the Office of the Arts as well as a key member of the college's Advancement team. The ideal candidate will have:
Background in and knowledge of major gift fundraising processes and approaches
Leadership skills and the capacity to implement and advance the office's development goals
Strong project management and interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with volunteers, donors and college colleagues
Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively and to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
Strong sense of fundraising ethics
Strong work ethic, flexibility and an optimistic and positive attitude rooted in the values of the Office of the Arts
Physical Place and Existing Conditions:
Usual Office Conditions
Requires Long periods of mental concentration
Requires the ability to effectively communicate in person and through communication media
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Emerson College is the nation’s premier private college dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. It is located in the theater district in the dynamic multi-cultural city of Boston in close proximity to major arts institutions, media outlets, and research centers. The College enrolls 3,783 undergraduate students and 641 graduate students from 71 countries and 48 states. Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity – in its people, in the curriculum, and in the College’s intellectual, social, cultural and geographical communities. Our inclusive excellence framework recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Members of historically under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.