Reporting to the Associate Director, Donor Relations, the Assistant Director manages aspects of the University's donor recognition and engagement programs, with specific responsibilities for lifetime giving events and dedications. The Assistant Director will work closely with colleagues in Principal and Leadership Gifts, Development Marketing Communications, and Development Events, as well as a wide range of campus partners, including faculty, senior members of the administration, and students. The Assistant Director will also regularly interact with donors, including the University's most generous benefactors.
This individual will work to continually improve and execute an institution-wide donor relations program that not only promotes interaction with and recognition of donors at all levels, but seeks to provide the best donor experience of any institution.
Donor Recognition Programs and Events
Creates and manages programs for the University's two lifetime giving groups that engage Princeton's most generous donors, with specific duties that include:
Designs distinctive elements for both on-campus celebrations and international conferences
Oversees all member communications, including new member welcome letters, event mailings, post-event follow-up, and surveys
Collaborates with key campus and outside partners and speakers regarding their participation in programs and events
Provides individualized services for members related to event programs and other campus visits
Liaises with member-hosts and overseeing smaller regional gatherings
Responds to donor inquiries related to event programs and giving group benefits
Serves as a creative and innovative thought partner for new ideas related to expanded donor recognition programs and benefits
Serves as staff lead for select dedicatory events that recognize and celebrate transformative gifts to the university, with specific duties that include:
Develops clear objectives and measures of success
Defines format, scope, and program for the event, including audience and messaging, speakers, invitation lists and associated clipboards, and campus partner outreach and briefings
Collaborates with the assigned events manager on all logistical event details and with Development Communication on related materials like invitations, gifts, and programs
Organizes small scale events both on and off campus for a variety of purposes (e.g. scholarship luncheons).
The G. S. Beckwith Gilbert '63 Lecture Series
Organizes and implements the Gilbert Lectures, a program that brings accomplished and innovative leaders to campus to speak to and engage with undergraduate students and the broader university community, with specific duties that include:
Works with internal and external collaborators to select dates, determine speakers, faculty hosts, and topics
Manages all aspects of the speaker's itinerary with co-sponsoring faculty and academic or administrative departments, as well as Advancement colleagues as appropriate.
Oversees communications and marketing strategies, by working with media outlets, and academic and administrative departments as needed.
Coordinates logistics for lecturer's travel, accommodations, and campus itinerary as necessary.
Special projects as assigned
Bachelor's degree required
Three years relevant experience required
Sound judgment, attention to detail, and tactful and sophisticated communication skills
Discretion in dealing with highly confidential material and demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and make decisions based on established policies and procedures, and ability to recognize when others need to be involved in activities or decisions.
Strong decision making, consensus building, and motivational ability to sustain project progress within an environment often requiring broad collaboration with colleagues, outside collaborators, and committee buy-in.
Ability to handle multiple management demands and adjust to changing priorities and circumstances.
Fiscal acumen to responsibly steward multiple independent project budgets.
Availability for occasional domestic and international travel.
Ability to have a deep understanding of Princeton culture, as well as its mission and priorities, and the adeptness to translate these into meaningful experiences that advance the interests of the institution.
Creativity to meet and exceed donors' expectations.
Ability to work both independently and manage teams within a customer-service oriented environment.
Commitment to the Office of Development's mission of maximizing philanthropic support for Princeton University and to its guiding principles of Civility, Collaboration, Innovation, and High- Performance:
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