The position of Assistant Director, Principal Gifts is an outstanding opportunity for a dynamic fundraiser to serve as both an internal and external ambassador for Princeton, working seamlessly with colleagues, volunteers, and donors. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Development, the Assistant Director will partner with Principal Gifts frontline staff to assist with engagement strategies for Princeton’s most transformative donors and key leaders.
The Princeton University Office of Advancement secures philanthropic support for the University’s highest priorities by engaging and stewarding Princeton’s alumni, parents, and friends. We rely on strong partnerships with our volunteers and campus partners. Our strategy emphasizes the long view, honoring the relationships nurtured by those who came before us and empowering those who come after us to successfully build on our efforts.
Partners with Principal Gifts frontline fundraisers to serve as a secondary prospect manager for a select portfolio of the University’s most generous donors.
Develops and implements robust engagement activities, fostering long-term, substantive relationships with key individuals who are the leaders in philanthropic support at Princeton University.
Coordinates timely, creative, and substantive interactions with prospective donors by working collaboratively with Principal Gifts prospect managers, Advancement colleagues, faculty, students, and University staff, with an eye toward inspiring interest in and securing new support for the University’s highest priorities.
Authors communications to Princeton’s most transformative donors and critical prospective donors in collaboration with the frontline staff, colleagues within Advancement, and partners across the University.
Thinks holistically and objectively about key relationships with the University and works toward enhancing them in appropriate ways.
Serves as an ambassador to the University.
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two to four years of professional higher education development-related experience or related work experience.
An appreciation and understanding of major gift fundraising and the critical importance of fostering engagement to develop strong donor relationships.
Frontline fundraising experience beneficial.
Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
Strong familiarity with Princeton University and its mission.
Proven ability to develop and foster relationships with people at all levels of an organization, and to collaborate and influence at a high level.
Evidence of self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and in teams, with high personal standards representative of Princeton’s commitment to excellence.
Strong strategic planning and project management skills to set and monitor progress against goals, to develop plans and timelines, and to measure success toward goals.
Discretion, good judgment, and a commitment to keep confidentiality of all data related to Princeton and its alumni and donors.
Ability to respond quickly to changing business needs and priorities. Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and to produce high-quality and compelling work product under tight deadlines. Ability to work with a high degree of flexibility in a highly-collaborative, fast-paced, goal-oriented environment.
Commitment to Advancement’s mission of maximizing philanthropic support for Princeton University and to its guiding principles of High Performance, Innovation, Civility, and Collaboration.
A selfless demeanor, ability to work on a team, and a good sense of humor all necessary!
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