Assistant Director of Development Initiatives/Assistant Director, Engagement and Campaign Initiatives

Reporting to the senior director for engagement and campaign initiatives and exercising a high degree of independence, the assistant director for engagement and campaign initiatives develops and implements project plans that advance the university’s fundraising goals and overall department priorities. In particular, the assistant director has the following responsibilities. 

  1. Partners with gift officers to work directly and closely with volunteers, who include many of the university’s most supportive donors and university citizens, as liaison for regional teams and priority advisory groups as assigned by the senior director. Partners with frontline staff to design, lead, and execute ongoing volunteer task force/regional/priority committee management, including programmatic support, event strategies support, and any necessary volunteer support and follow up.
  2. Articulates overall visions and strategic directions to project participants, including partnering with internal and external stakeholders, such as gift officers, other staff, and campaign volunteers, to achieve project/initiative objectives. Develops goals and metrics for campaign volunteer teams; monitoring results, assessing effectiveness, and recommending adjusted strategies and tactics when warranted.
  3. Develops and manages ongoing campaign volunteer communications to support the objectives of campaign volunteer groups, including training, briefing, and motivating committee members. Develops and maintains volunteer resources and training materials. Responsible for developing and implementing volunteer education events, including training, briefing, and motivating committee members. 
  4. Manages and coordinates special initiatives on behalf of the AVP/campaign director and senior director for engagement & campaign initiatives. Supports senior director on campaign co-chairs, campaign committee, and campaign ambassadors as needed.
  5. Directs, manages, and executes a wide variety of projects, special initiatives, etc. by outlining project plans, determining communication strategies, supervising progress, and taking necessary actions. Sets and maintains quality standards for each project.
  6. Drafts/edits a wide range of written materials and presentations, interprets and organizes complex data sets, and plans and executes communications and activities with various campaign volunteer groups. 
  7. Designs, develops, and produces reports to extract information from the university’s alumni/development information systems. Both ad-hoc reporting and comprehensive analysis/interpretation expected.
  8. Serves as a liaison to a variety of administrative units across campus.  

Principal responsibilities

  1. Leads key projects that advance university fundraising goals and overall department priorities.  Sets and ensures quality standards for each project.
  2. Communicates project vision, strategic direction and expectations to team members and stakeholders.
  3. Defines project scope, goals and deliverables that support business goals in collaboration with senior management and stakeholders. Manages changes in project scope, identifies potential risks, and devises contingency plans.
  4. Develops best practices for project execution and management.
  5. Serves as critical resource to other administrative units.
  6. Maintains a high level of knowledge of priorities relating to special/critical initiatives, and serves as a content resource to development colleagues and other fundraising units. Promotes opportunities for communicating fundraising needs to those who work with potential donors.  May interact with donors and prospects, as appropriate.
  7. Outlines, drafts and edits a wide range of written materials on behalf of development leadership and senior staff.
  8. Serves as an advisor and, where appropriate, staff support, to campaign related initiatives.  Provides strategic advice on project campaign planning and implementation.
  9. May provide strategic and operational guidance to school/unit development operations.
  10. Manages staff, as appropriate.
  11. Performs other duties as assigned.

Skills and abilities

  1. Highly capable independent worker and team player. Proven ability to initiate and complete projects independently, proactively and creatively; willingness to be accountable for own actions; highly motivated and energetic. Team player able to prioritize work, manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment without sacrificing quality of results.
  2. Strong written and oral communication skills and proficiency in communicating appropriately with multiple constituencies. Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to initiate and enjoy direct communication with external constituents. Demonstrated organizational and research capabilities with strong attention to detail. 
  3. Appreciation and respect for principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ability to engage with diverse audiences (age, gender, nationality, race/ethnicity, profession, sexual orientation, etc.). Ability to demonstrate and promote a positive, “can do” attitude via helpfulness, teamwork and support for others. 
  4. Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook; proficient in data analysis. 
  5. High level of professionalism, judgment and integrity; ability to maintain confidentiality. 

Required education and experience

Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Preferred education and experience

Demonstrated experience and proven track record with project management, particularly in a higher education setting and with data gathering and analysis. Experience supporting and working effectively with senior leadership.