Assistant Director, School of Architecture and School of Art Annual Giving

Reporting to director of development and alumni relations for the School of Architecture and the School of Art, the assistant director, development serves as a key member of the development team for the schools of architecture and art in the planning, organization, and implementation of each school’s comprehensive fundraising program. Key responsibilities follow.

  1. Provides high-level strategic thinking, writing, and coordination to enhance the schools’ fundraising efforts.
  2. Leads and administers Annual Fund programs, including goal setting, strategy and design, volunteering management, and liaising with Yale Alumni Fund team.
  3. Serves as a partner for the director of development and alumni relations in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of leadership and major gifts donors and manages their own portfolio of individual donors. Participates in engaging and supporting leadership councils as needed. Prepares and analyzes reports to assess metrics, and implements improvements to better capture, track, and report on donor and alumni activity.
  4. Drafts and maintains written development materials for print, web, social, reports, and individuals correspondence for the School of Architecture and the School of Art. Manages stewardship process and timeline. Assists in devising and implementing an alumni engagement strategy.
  5. Organizes, executes, and staffs development and alumni relations events for the schools.
  6. Researches grant opportunities and works with director of development and alumni relations and colleagues in Corporate and Foundation Relations, and when required the Office of Sponsored Projects, on applications and reporting. 

Additional duties include:

  1. May represent the architecture and art fundraising programs at school and development meetings.
  2. May serve as an ambassador of the schools at public functions, reunion gatherings, and other university events.
  3. Serves on committees and attends meetings as assigned.

The information provided in the principal responsibilities below is generic in nature; prospective applicants will find the information in this position focus to be most relevant to the position.

Principal Responsibilities

  1. Develops revenue and donor goals; develops and implements effective fundraising programs for each assigned class or constituency, including external personal visits, personalized written campaigns, phonathons, social media, direct mail, and email.
  2. Recruits, trains, and manages a substantial group of alumni volunteers; creates communications to large number of volunteers; supervises mass mailings to volunteers; informs volunteers of updated information and deadlines; evaluates individual donor and volunteer needs and provides other personal support. Has the authority to represent the university to alumni donors and volunteers.
  3. Advises, educates, and solicits potential alumni donors through external face-to-face meetings, phone contacts, and written communications.
  4. Monitors, on a weekly basis, annual giving solicitation strategies as well as participation and dollar goals for all supported classes. Identifies opportunities/needs to adjust strategies in order to reach fund raising goals. Implements new and modified strategies as needed.
  5. Continually reviews alumni donor profiles to identify potential top annual donors and determines individual solicitation strategies.
  6. Develops, fosters, and maintains positive alumni relations to keep alumni engaged and disposed to give back to the university.
  7. Coordinates special annual programs with a targeted focus.
  8. Plans and attends meetings and events on and off campus.
  9. May perform other duties as assigned.

Skills and abilities

  1. Professionalism, mature judgement and discretion, sense of humor, and ability to work well within a collegial and collaborative work environment. Able to maintain strict confidentiality.
  2. Outstanding editing, strategic and analytical thinking, and persuasive and concise spoken and written communication skills.
  3. Demonstrated ability to meet competing deadlines on time, while working independently and exercising thoughtful prioritization, including an aptitude for analytical tools and quantitative measurements for management, tracking, planning, and communication of fundraising progress and effectiveness.
  4. 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.).
  5. Must have a flexible schedule and the availability to work nights, weekends, and holidays, as needed, to accommodate events, meetings, and travel program. Must be able to travel both in the United States and internationally, as needed.

Required education and experience

Bachelor’s degree in a related field and two years or more of direct fundraising, marketing, communications, or volunteer management experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred education and experience

A genuine passion for the mission of Yale, the School of Architecture, the School of Art, and for the importance of art and arts education and knowledge and experience in art, architecture, museums, design, and/or visual culture organizations.

Preferred Licenses or certifications

Valid driver’s license