Senior Associate Director Fundraising Initiatives

New Jersey, United States
25 Jun 2020
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25 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Department   Adv-Fundraising Initiatives

Category   Alumni Relations and Development

Full-Time / Part-Time   Full-Time


Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Development, and working with senior University administrators, the Senior Associate Director, Fundraising Initiatives, plays a critical role in maximizing fundraising support for key University initiatives, working with senior administrators as required. As the Fundraising Initiatives representative to the Capital Giving group, the Senior Associate Director will partner with the group’s frontline fundraisers to develop in them the necessary expertise to maximize support for the University’s highest priority fundraising initiatives.

Princeton University’s Office of Development 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


The Senior Associate Director will be responsible for the success of fundraising initiatives and their alignment with University priorities by developing fundraising strategies, communicating about University priorities, partnering on fundraising collateral materials, and fostering collaboration among colleagues in Advancement and across campus.

The Senior Associate Director will also serve as point person for Advancement policies on gifts and will lead training and communicating with a variety of audiences on gift policies, collaborating with senior University administration in this role, and updating and expanding policy guides as required. 


Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, and at least 7-10 years of related experience
  • Ability to master and communicate complex concepts across a range of fields
  • Ability to work with and command the respect of senior administrative and faculty colleagues as well as peers in Advancement
  • Possess the highest standards of professionalism and performance as evidenced by collaborative teamwork, initiative, critical thinking, good judgment, attentiveness to detail; consistency of output, timeliness of follow-through
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to participate meaningfully and creatively in strategic planning and problem-solving
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to set clear priorities and manage time well
  • Able to work independently at the highest level without close day-to-day supervision
  • Exercising discretion at all times, the incumbent must be able to keep confidential all data and information related to Princeton and its alumni;
  • Commitment to the values and mission of Princeton and higher education.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in higher education, alumni relations and/or volunteer management
  • Experience as a project facilitator, effectiveness in working with diverse individuals in a team-oriented environmen
  • Knowledge of the principles of fundraising
  • Masters or other advanced degree

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

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