Student & Campus Life (SCL) inspires transformation in all Cornell students on their journey of individual, academic and personal evolution. Our division is comprised of leading student affairs experts who support our campus on pressing student life matters including public service, health, wellness, social justice, residential living, food services, sports, recreation, career services, and student activities and organizations including sorority and fraternity life. Our nearly 4,000 staff and student employees who make up SCL embrace the opportunity to represent the division and strive for excellence as we shape the Cornell student experience, one interaction at a time.
The newly created office of Advancement for Student & Campus Life stems from the concept that life-long relationships require nurturing early and often. From first-year students, through their time on the Hill, and then in life after as a proud Cornellian, the office of Advancement for Student & Campus Life leads intentional communications to share the stories and passions of life at Cornell for our students, alumni, parents and friends.
Reporting to the Student & Campus Life (SCL) Director of Advancement, theAssociate Director, Annual Giving, has the important role of implementing and leading a strategic annual giving fundraising plan for a wide array of audiences including; alumni, parents, and community members. The position will have the opportunity to showcase the importance of how annual fundraising dollars are critical for Student & Campus Life and the daily lives of all Cornell students. This impact is shown through the production of comprehensive solicitation, engagement and communication digital and print original content efforts in collaboration with colleagues in the SCL Advancement Team and in Alumni Affairs & Development.
Success in this position is measured by the following:
Strategy and Implementation – we rely on this position to both create and implement a comprehensive annual giving strategy geared to raise money from gifts of $25,000 and below from SCL supporters and non-donors to SCL and Cornell. One should be a self-directed strategic thinker skilled at critical, analytical and creative thinking while also comfortable digging in to produce original work, and willing to think outside of the box and unafraid of testing and experimenting with a focus on growth and learning.
Advanced Fundraising Knowledge – we will rely on this role to have substantial knowledge and experience in fundraising, and a willingness to continue to learn in this field. Success will look like leading comprehensive annual giving campaigns and micro-campaigns such as giving days or Giving Tuesday campaigns with a focus on reaching dollar and participation goals. This role will require a strength in data analysis and list manipulation utilizing the fundraising database (i.e. PeopleSoft) to monitor fundraising efforts/trends, and track and report on efforts toward goals.
Solid Project Management – this role will require strong project management skills to lead SCL annual giving campaigns and other engagement efforts for a mass audience, managing multiple projects simultaneously with multiple deadlines and stakeholders, adapting to new priorities, and being nimble and responsiveness as projects and needs change in a dynamic environment.
Technical Proficiency – exemplary written and oral communication skills, and excellent creative writing, and attention to detail a must. Ability to write to diverse audiences to create a strategic coherent message and storytelling on behalf of SCL. Familiarity with fundraising databases and experience with online social networks (e.g., Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter) and their use in marketing and/or alumni networks and email marketing platforms (i.e. Constant Contact, Emma, Imodules) preferred. Project management platform (Basecamp, Asana, etc.) experience a plus.
Team Player - ability to work as part of a dynamic and flexible team in a fast-paced professional office and to interact collaboratively with diverse audiences. Ability to function effectively with senior staff and other unit directors to support targeted goals.
Rewards & Benefits:
The position resides in an organization of dedicated and passionate educational professionals who work together to Inspire Transformation. This team is committed to maintaining a student focus and relies on the values of collaboration, empowerment, excellence, fun, inclusion, innovation and integrity as guiding principles.
As a member of the Cornell family, you will have access to great benefits that include educational opportunities, wellness programs, Cornell’s award-winning dining services, employer-supported health care options, generous paid leave provisions (3 weeks of vacation, 12 holidays (including end of year winter break through New Year’s Day)) and superior retirement
Cornell has also been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, well-being, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. For more information, Benefits at Cornell.
Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) and a minimum of three years’ experience (preferred five years) in development, fund raising, marketing, or an equivalent combination of related experience and education. Demonstrated success in communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
Must be willing to work occasional weekends, evenings, and to undertake business travel.
Experience working in fundraising and development (preferably higher education or similarly complex environments) with equivalent transferable skills using the concepts and principles of nurturing fund raising, campaign/project fund raising and speculative fund raising.
Additionally, experience in alumni affairs, development, and communications at Cornell is ideal but not required.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: WDR-00017382
About Cornell University
Cornell University, unique among peers, is the federal land-grant institution of New York State, a private endowed university, and a member of the Ivy League. Celebrating our Sesquicentennial in 2015, we honor our founding mission of teaching, discovery and public engagement. The Division of Alumni Affairs and Development (AAD) facilitates lifelong relationships between alumni, parents, and friends and the university. We embrace an unwavering commitment to donor-centric fundraising and collaboration. Learn more