Research and Development Associate (Development Manager) - Graduate School of Journalism

  • Job Class: Managerial and Professional
  • Job ID Number: 6359
  • Department: CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
  • Location: School Of Journalism
  • Closing Date: FEB 13, 2013


Campus Specific Information
The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism seeks a dynamic, innovative, creative, technologically savvy individual to join its development team heading all aspects of prospect identification, research and tracking, and stewardship. The Research and Development Associate will report to the Director of Development and play a pivotal role in development planning and preparation. The Graduate School of Journalism is a school within the Graduate Center of the City University of New York system (CUNY).

The Research and Development Associate is responsible for providing management and strategic implementation of the school's advancement research efforts, with particular emphasis in support of donor cultivation and major gift development. This person supports and assists the Director of Development in his/her planning, implementing and overseeing stewardship of donors and the prospect management system; and evaluates and recommends purchasing decisions for research resources, including electronic screening.

The duties and responsibilities of the position will include, but are not limited to:
- Formulate, develop and implement proactive research strategies to identify new major gift prospects for board cultivation, major giving, planned giving, and leadership annual giving activities.  Build and maintain a qualified pool of prospects.
- In consultation with the Director of Development and other senior staff members, assist in formulating, maintaining and prioritizing appropriate fundraiser prospect portfolios, and advise on appropriate solicitation strategies.
- Refine and maintain the prospect tracking system including coding, integration of prospects and research data into Raiser's Edge, creation and maintenance of gift pyramids, etc.  Maintain Raiser's Edge records.
- Develop reports and/or other instruments to communicate new prospects and upgraded prospects for use in prospect meetings.
- Evaluate, monitor and implement appropriate electronic tracking and alerts systems for major donors, board of advisors and already identified leadership giving prospects.
- Remain current with all the tools available to stewardship managers and prospect researchers by attending training sessions and communicating with other researchers through professional organizations.
- Maintain systems to keep a steady flow of acknowledgments and other important communications, including providing timely financial information to donors.
- Draft and produce timely acknowledgment letters for donors, including personalized acknowledgment letters for the Dean and Director of Development to donors of major gifts.
- Interact with the business office to maintain and update financial records and mail annual report to endowment donors.
- Work with Development Director to strategically formulate and execute cultivation events, and interact with donors and donor prospects at special events.
- Manage and implement stewardship plan

General Duties
- Plans and manages College fundraising strategy and operations.
- Implements and monitors comprehensive resource development program; makes recommendations to improve department policies and procedures
- Fulfills specific goals and targets based on individual portfolio
- Assists Director with developing funding strategies and assessing outcomes
- Oversees annual and/or major gift activities to support strategic plan
- Maintains relationships with donors and sponsoring organizations to cultivate and maintain funding
- Prepares financial reports for management; may write grant proposals
- May manage professional and/or clerical staff
- Performs related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's Degree and six years' related experience required.

Other Qualifications
At least six years of related experience including event management and event-driven fundraising, research of individuals, corporations and foundations and stewardship management (preferably in higher education) strongly preferred. In addition, candidates should demonstrate knowledge of Lexis Nexis and Blackbaud systems as well as MS Office and Blackbaud analytics. Candidates must be computer savvy and willing to learn and employ new technologies as required. Must be self-directed, collaborative and motivated by the highest standards of professionalism, able to work independently and with teams, and able to manage complex programs and handle many requests simultaneously. Candidates must possess strong writing and formatting skills as well as organizational skills with an emphasis on details and quick turnaround time. Diplomacy, sensitivity, openness to new ideas, and detail orientation are essential.

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Salary Range

$64,956 - $82,299

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