Provide high level programmatic, analytical and prospect management support for the Leadership Gifts program with a prime focus on the President’s Associates and Parent Giving programs within it. Participate in the management of the College’s pool of promising prospects with leadership giving potential and assist with establishing and implementing fund raising strategies. Work to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the Directors of the President’s Associates and Parent Giving Programs and provide direct support of programmatic efforts including overseeing gift acknowledgment for President’s Associates members, preparing proposals, planning and preparing itineraries and briefings for on and off campus cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and recognition visits and events, developing and producing support materials for the President’s Associates Alumni, Young Alumni and Parent Committees. Working closely with the Senior Director Leadership Gifts and Prospect Development and the Manager of Prospect Research Pipeline and Systems, assume responsibility for gathering, analyzing, and synthesizing information to inform cultivation and stewardship strategies for groups of leadership gifts prospects and prepare leadership gifts proposals and solicitations. Manage pool of leadership prospects as appropriate, working closely with Donor Relations team to offer complementary initiatives that demonstrate to these donors the impact of their philanthropy, further deepening the relationship between these donors and the College.
1. Work with the Senior Director of Leadership Gifts and Prospect Development and the Manager of Prospect Research Pipeline and Systems to create a systematic approach and timeline for identifying, qualifying and adding or reassigning prospects to and from the Leadership Gifts pool.
2. Work closely with all program staff, primarily the Director of the President’s Associates and the Director of Parent Giving, to identify individuals from the Leadership Gifts and Major Gifts prospect pool best suited for volunteer solicitation, staff personal solicitation, or phone call outreach for President’s Associates level gifts as well other related tasks including but not limited to overseeing the tracking of VIP prospective students and parents, reviewing gift reports for potential prospects and recommending prospects for individual staff follow up.
3. Work with the President’s Associates and Parent Giving programs to support the efforts of the President’s Associates Alumni, Young Alumni and Parents National Committees, including overseeing the development and production of volunteer solicitation manuals for both programs (in coordination with other volunteer solicitation programs, such as the IC Annual Fund), preparing solicitation briefings for committee members, managing the volunteer solicitations report, preparing gift updates for distribution to volunteers, ensuring volunteer solicitations are entered and updated in Advance correctly and in a timely manner, and supporting volunteer committee meetings, conference calls and committee-related activities as necessary.
4. Oversee the acknowledgment process for President’s Associates members and Leadership Gifts prospects, including ensuring letter and phone call acknowledgement tasks for all President’s Associates level gifts and pledges and in Advance and completed in a timely manner, ensuring all President’s Associates gift club coding is accurate, drafting personalized acknowledgment letters for the Senior Director of Leadership Gifts and Prospect Development, Director of President’s Associates and the Director of Parent Giving and managing acknowledgments meriting presidential acknowledgement for prospects managed by all prospect managers (with the exception of the Vice President for Institutional Advancement).
5. Manage a pool of leadership gifts prospects, determined by the Senior Director of Leadership Gifts and Prospect Development. Develop strategies for these prospects and initiate steps to fulfill the goals of the strategies. Initiate and sustain meaningful stewardship.
6. Help develop and manage Leadership Gifts policies and procedures.
7. Prepare briefings and donor biographical and gift histories in preparation for contact by staff and volunteers. Gather information and write letters and reports for stewardship of gifts.
8. Help with development of President’s Associates and Parent Giving website content.
9. Support events as needed, including preparing attendee briefings.
Position/Job Responsibilities continued
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of four years experience in project management, fund raising, or related field; demonstrated excellence in writing, as well as strong overall communication skills; ability to handle multiple projects and prioritize to meet all deadlines; strong organizational skills, ability to gather, analyze and organize information and communicate outcomes succinctly; excellent attention to detail; understanding of confidentiality and significance of adhering to it as related to Ithaca College fund raising; attendance at College functions during and after business hours are required. Previous experience working in a college or university setting is preferred.
Instructions for submitting your application:
Interested applicants should apply on-line at apply.icjobs.org and attach a cover letter, resume, and a list containing the contact information for at least three professional references. Questions about the online application process should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at 607-274-8000. Screening of applicants will begin immediately.
Ithaca College is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the college is appreciated.