Vice President for Development and Alumni Engagement
Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Engagement (DAE), the Vice President for Development and Alumni Engagement will work collaboratively to develop, implement, and achieve strategic plans for increasing private support; provide leadership and direction for major gifts, corporate and foundation gifts, planned giving, annual giving, donor relations and prospect research; will be directly involved in the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of gifts; effectively communicate the mission and values of the university; have a working knowledge of current best practices in all aspects of fundraising; and collaborate with colleagues in Development and Alumni Relations and across the university.
The VP for DAE will initially have four direct reports (AVPs for Development of Parsons, New School for Social Research, College of Performing Arts and Lang, AVP of Institutional Giving, and work collaboratively with the Director of Strategy and Advancement for the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.
The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.
- Advance the mission, vision, and short and long-term goals of the University in concert with the SVP and senior colleagues.
- Maintain a dynamic portfolio of a minimum of 50 high net worth individuals and secure major, capital, and planned gifts, as well as advanced annual gifts and endowment support.
- Foster an environment that cultivates trusting relationships and actively frame and communicate a clear strategic vision and fundraising plan that addresses new donor acquisition, pipeline development, cultivation of principal donors, and increased alumni engagement.
- Partner with the Provost, Deans, Center Directors, and faculty as needed to support academic development priorities and initiatives.
- Establishes and adheres to annual operating budgets and ensures that development programs are operating in a fiscally prudent and productive way in consultation with the SVP and staff.
- Provide decisive, innovative and forward-looking direction for a committed and talented staff.
- Bachelor’s degree at least eight years of fundraising experience in a cultural non-profit and/or institution of higher education.
- Ability to develop and articulate an aspirational philanthropic vision and strategy with realistic, measurable goals.
- Record of success in expanding and diversifying donor base/pipeline, major and principal gift cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
- Skilled at incorporating technology and using data to inform decisions and strategy.
- Demonstrated success in leading and motivating diverse teams of staff, volunteers, student workers, etc.
- Desire and ability to maintain productive, meaningful relationships and build philanthropic culture with all constituents – donors, potential donors, alumni, parents, students and community.
- Ability to adhere to University COVID-19 Policy
The New School is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that promises diversity and tolerance in all areas of employment, education and access to its educational, artistic or cultural programs and activities. The New School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex or gender (including actual or perceived gender identity or expression or transgender status), sexual orientation, sexual and other reproductive health decisions, pregnancy, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, or any other legally protected status.