Posted on February 22, 2013
Director for Annual Fund Programs
Columbia University - Director for Annual Fund Programs
Reporting to the Executive Director of Development Operations and Programs, the Director for Annual Fund Programs (AFP) is responsible for the overall management, guidance and operation of the Annual Fund Programs, while providing managerial leadership and strategies relative to the team by increasing overall annual giving awareness, alumni participation and annual giving revenue throughout the University’s schools and programs. The Director is also responsible for overseeing the day to day operations for the Annual Fund Programs (an integrated direct marketing unit).
The Director for Annual Fund Programs coordinates work with colleagues across the University and provides strategic guidance in support of annual giving fundraising objectives; works to expand the Annual Fund Programs to support a greater number of university annual funds; manages university-wide annual giving initiatives; incorporates new technologies and marketing strategies to advance annual giving across the university; streamlines the efforts of AFP to monitor and evaluate annual funds across the university; brings the annual giving staff together to benchmark results internally and externally; exchanges ideas, and educates the AFP community about best practices in annual giving; encourages, builds and sustains strong stewardship programs for annual giving donors; oversees data mining, reporting, and segmentation strategies; the Director maintains managerial responsibility for a team of approximately 8 employees and is responsible for all aspects of annual giving d
irect marketing solicitation; provides ongoing performance feedback and ensures the timely and accurate completion of project assignments in support of annual fund initiatives and annual performance goals; successfully partners across various units throughout the alumni and development community to further promote the strategic vision of AFP; works collaboratively & independently utilizing innovative and creative thinking in developing the long term strategic operational plan; performs other duties and special projects as assigned.
Bachelor's degree required; seven years of related experience.
At least 5 years' related fund raising experience, with a minimum of 3 years of demonstrated leadership / managerial responsibility required.
Must possess strong analytical and communication skills and experience with strategic planning processes; strong proficiency with integrated direct marketing, writing, producing print publications and online fundraising.
Demonstrated ability to work in a high pressure, fast-paced environment. Demonstrated excellence in a variety of competencies including: project management, teamwork, analytical thinking and client/customer awareness. Must possess the ability to develop, supervise staff, work with changing priorities and multiple projects. Excellent analytical, organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including a high level of attention to detail and active listening skills. Must be able to problem-solve and troubleshoot, in addition to the ability to work independently in a dynamic team environment. Demonstrated ability to effectively partner with a diverse group of administrators and academic leaders. Must be able to negotiate issues, resolve problems and have strong influencing skills. The successful candidate must be a strategic thinker, effective in moving strategic agendas, politically savvy, ensure the utmost discretion in all matters, as well as possess a n ability to work well with all levels of management, both internally and externally, be flexible in nature, have a sound judgment with a collaborative style that fosters teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization. Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.
Prior experience leading an annual fund is preferred. Previous work experience in higher educational institution, or other complex organization, highly preferred.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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