The Associate Director is responsible for cultivating a robust community of alumni innovators and entrepreneurs whose time, networks, and financial gifts are leveraged to enhance the university's innovation ecosystem. We are looking for someone with strong communication, collaboration, and project management skills. Key responsibilities include research, tracking and reporting; managing programming and events (both digital and in-person); and managing annual giving relationships.
Reporting to the Director of Innovation Initiatives and Corporate Relations, this highly collaborative position is focused on pipeline building which requires close working relationships with alumni relations and annual giving colleagues across the university to identify and cultivate high-potential relationships. It also requires close coordination with the professional staff that facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV), the commercialization and entrepreneurship arm of the university, as well as the networks of mentors, industry partners, investors, and startup executives that comprise our growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. This position will be a hybrid model of on campus and remote work locations. Duties include:
Program Design and Management
Execute alumni relations programming (digital and in-person) in partnership with the Office of Alumni Relations and the divisions, including VIP dinners for industry leaders and executives, Founders' Forums for alumni founders, and other programs that support community building, i.e. student professional development events in biotech and entrepreneurship.
Coordinate alumni events (digital and in-person), including assisting with invitation lists, briefing materials, managing event website, and on site execution as needed.
Support Hopkins Founders' Pledge programming led by Director.
Identify and coordinate alumni engagement opportunities, with a particular focus on matching constituents with Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures / FastForward / FastForward U needs (e.g. mentoring, reviewing/judging, and investing) in addition to other innovation activities across campus.
Annual Giving Fundraising and Relationship Management
Manage or support discovery prospect pool of up-and-comers, entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investors targeting approximately 70 prospects in the $1K - $50K range for specific visit, engagement and solicitation strategies.
Identify and build relationships with alumni in the startup / business community, in coordination with school-based Development & Alumni Relations peers and the Office of Leadership Programs. Maintain and update prospect lists and design research projects to identify new leads
Manage annual giving campaigns for Hopkins entrepreneurship programs. Support gift conversations with up-and-comers and other prospects from the Innovation Ecosystem by liaising with the Office of Annual Giving and school-based gift officers.
Communications, Tracking, and Reporting
Execute, plan and coordinate engagement communications, including the JHTV Competitive Edge newsletter, the Innovation & Entrepreneurship networking group, and the Hopkins Founders' Pledge.
Liaise with JHTV, the Office of Alumni Relations, DAR and the President's communications teams on alumni stories and PR support.
Develop analysis tools to track annual giving and alumni relations activities to determine effectiveness; and produce reports for senior staff.
Bachelor's degree required. Three years project management experience required, preferably in startup/industry and either fundraising, customer/external relations, or event planning.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Strong interpersonal, relationship-building, and verbal communication skills, with the ability to work with diverse audiences and speak comfortably to internal stakeholders as well as executives and other external groups.
Strong project management skills, including the ability to set appropriate timelines, meet deadlines, and communicate progress
Strong event planning and coordination skills
Strong research and organizational abilities. Strong attention to detail.
Strong written communication skills, including the ability to draft emails and letters using excellent form, style, grammar, and spelling
Self-motivated with an ability to work independently and in dynamic environments
Passion for innovation, entrepreneurship, and/or a love for connecting people
High degree of comfort and skill working across multiple systems and software, including MS Office, websites, and CRM databases
Classified Title: Annual Giving Officer Working Title: Associate Director, Innovation Initiatives Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD Starting Salary Range: Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus Department name: 60009331-Corporate Relations Personnel area: University Administration
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