Monday, July 2, 2012

JOB POSTING: Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives

Carnegie Mellon University 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Reports directly to the senior director of strategic initiatives. The assistant director of strategic initiatives will be responsible for coordinating and implementing cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation efforts for some of the university's most important corporate, foundation and individual prospects who are giving major support or considering supporting strategic priorities of the university. He or she will play an important role in coordinating fundraising for the three strategic initiatives identified by the university (energy and environment; brain mind and learning; and innovation leadership). The assistant director will be responsible for providing high-level support for the senior director of strategic initiatives and the deputy director of strategic initiatives. The assistant director's responsibilities will include stewardship; event and visit planning (in coordination with the university advancement events staff); proposal, letter, and newsletter writing; coordination of research requests to the research department; and database management. He or she will also be responsible for developing printed and web-based collateral for gift officers to share with prospects interested in supporting the strategic initiatives. The assistant director will have day-to-day contact with leadership and principal gift prospects, faculty, and university leaders, and will play a front-line role in solicitations.
  • Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of progressively responsible experience
  • Experience: 3-5 years related experience
  • Skills: excellent written and oral communication skills (writing test will be administered); superb interpersonal skills; excellent reasoning, problem solving and analytical skills; ability to work independently; excellent organizational and research skills; ability to function competently in and contribute to a team environment; efficient time management skills; ability to meet deadlines; ability to handle multiple tasks; computer literacy in such areas as Excel, Power Point, Word and Advance; basic knowledge of fundraising practices and donor relations.
  • Physical Mobility: ability to travel to various locations, both on and off campus
  • Environmental Conditions: exposed to all campus office environments and close contact with computer screen
  • Mental: ability to work independently; work under pressure; pay close attention to detail, meet inflexible deadlines, deal with difficult situations while maintaining composure
  • Other: some evening and weekend work required, some travel possible
  • Education: Master's degree, professional degree, or equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Experience: 1-3 years experience in development or advancement in a university or other nonprofit environment, with a focus on donor relations, communications, public relations, stewardship, and/or prospect management, or equivalent experience as a volunteer with a nonprofit organization. Experience working with trustees and high-level donors of an organization. Professional writing experience. Experience working as part of a gift team.
  • Skills: Experience with fundraising software like BSR advance.
Application Instructions
TO APPLY: Please go online to and apply to Job# 9279.

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