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Asst Director, College of Human Ecology Alumni Affairs and Development

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Cornell University
Title: Asst Director, College of Human Ecology Alumni Affairs and Development
Location: Ithaca
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The College of Human Ecology has over 100 years of academic excellence and community outreach woven into its history, fusing a respect for tradition with a spirit of innovation. The College's mission is to advance and improve the human experience by integrating academics, research and outreach in the areas of nutrition and health, design and technology, human development, and public policy. We house state of the art research facilities, and we are the hub for Cornell University's research and academics in family, health, social and consumer policy. We are home to the only interior design program in the Ivy League, and the only PhD in apparel design in the country.
The Alumni Affairs and Development (AAD) unit is a collaborative team of individuals who engage alumni, parents and friends of the College of Human Ecology (CHE) with the goal of building connections to the College and University as well as increasing funding for College priorities and programs. The Assistant Directorreports to the Assistant Dean of Alumni Affairs and Development. The ideal candidate is a skilled relationship builder, creative and enthusiastic, while being extremely collaborative, organized and strategic. The Assistant Director is responsible for the following:
Prospect Management: Manage a portfolio of up to 300 alumni, parents and friends with the goal of cultivating, soliciting and stewarding annual and multi-year commitments to the College of Human Ecology. The donor prospects in the portfolio will have demonstrated capacity to give at the Leadership Gifts level and below (up to $100K). Donor prospects may be moderately engaged or not at all. Particular focus shall be placed on those who can increase their annual giving each year. A vast majority of this work will be in collaboration with the central AAD division, in particular, the Cornell Leadership Gifts program, and will be executed through extensive travel as well as electronic means.
Program Support and Engagement: Serve as liaison between CHE AA&D and the newly acquired Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) program to provide meaningful alumni engagement opportunities to help foster growth in financial support for the program. Engagement opportunities will include targeted events, alumni-student mentoring, class lectures, virtual networking, etc. Manage fundraising efforts for CIPA including annual mail solicitations and any special development projects. Serve as liaison to the Dean's Student Advisory Council and focus on engagement of alumni through alumni/student mentoring opportunities.
The Assistant Director will work with all forms of communication: in person, phone, email, FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, Alumni Web pages, etc. to increase fundraising at the College of Human Ecology.

A Bachelor's degree or equivalent and 3 or more years' experience in one or more of the following areas: development, fundraising, donor relations, alumni relations, public relations, marketing/communications or related experience or equivalent.
Collaborative, energetic, self-motivated, and engaging professional with strong multi-tasking skills and sound judgment who can effectively and diplomatically work with alumni and donors, colleagues, members of the faculty, high-level administrators, volunteer leaders, and other constituents.
Superior verbal and written communications skills; effective organizational skills and strong detail orientation; the ability to speak and present credibly about higher education and the goals and mission of Cornell and the College of Human Ecology.
A high degree of customer service orientation, personal motivation and commitment to values that support Cornell's mission to foster initiative, integrity, and excellence in an environment of collegiality, civility and responsible stewardship.
Ability to work in a system that emphasizes measurable objectives, including mutually agreed upon targets for fundraising goal.
Must be able to work in fast-paced, demanding environment while using sound judgment in decision making and in accomplishing tasks that are urgent or of a sensitive or confidential nature while meeting competing deadlines.
Must be able and willing to work occasional weekends, evenings, and to travel extensively on behalf of Cornell (international travel included).
Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) as well as PeopleSoft and Brio Hyperion.
Background check may be required. No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.
Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We're an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

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