The Assistant Director of Development, R Fund is responsible for the oversight and execution of the master athletic development calendar of events, as well as the stewardship of all R Fund donors, maintenance of donor profiles and recognition reports, and all associated recognition of Scarlet Society, athletics exclusive giving society that recognizes donors at the annual level of $50,000 or $1 million in their lifetime to Rutgers Athletics.
Manages all R Fund events including two marque events – the 50 Yard Line Dinner and the Scholarship Luncheon. Additionally, all events related to facilities campaigns, ribbon cutting, ground breaking, and topping off ceremonies. Identifies and researches gift prospects and/or funding sources, conducting analysis of net worth, determining funding levels, and constructing a donor profile. Schedules, arranges, and coordinates thematic design and logistics for development events and donor meetings. Briefs staff and administration on key donors or prospects in attendance at all events. Coordinates with Donor Relations to develop talking points, donor bios, and event programming. Acknowledges donors, creates gift reports, and other informational materials for development office, financial aid, accounting, and other departments. Coordinates donor initiated scholarship programs and ensure that donor specifications are met. Completes work under general supervision, within established work parameters, with few direct instructions. Carries out routine and non-routine tasks with occasional review of work outputs by supervisor.
Performs professional work that requires knowledge of prospect research, event implementation, and donor cultivation, and a good understanding, use, and application of concepts, theories, principles, practices, terminology, and applied bases of development.
1. Event Management (50%)
Manage the master athletic development calendar of events. Plan, schedule, and execute dozens of donor-related events and trips through the year, including the 50 Yard Line Dinner for top donors, the Annual Scholarship Luncheon for scholarship donors, away game donor functions, and cocktail receptions and dinners. Additionally manages all exclusive events, all events related to the capital campaign, and travel for Scarlet Society members.
Coordination and implementation of appointments, travel, and special events
Presentations on projects/events and the execution of thematic donor events
Prepare donor bios in advance of events for university, Foundation, and athletic leaders
Timely response to donor requests and concerns. Maintenance of donors' interest in giving
Focus on increased event attendance and timely follow-up after the events
2. Stewardship of Athletic Donors (35%)
Responsible for the stewardship plan and process for all athletic supporters of R Fund (over 9,000 annually). This includes the coordination of timely thank you notes, as well as the allocation of benefits throughout the fiscal year.
Oversee the stewardship and communication plan for top donors, our Scarlet Society members.
Manage the stewardship of Rutgers Athletics scholarship program which includes working with head coaches to assign scholarships to student-athletes, ensuring timely communications and thank yous from student-athletes to donors.
Work closely with head coaches and Development Directors to provide appropriate donor recognition through publications, mailings, and events.
3. Other duties as assigned (15%)
Assist and manage with inquiries and upgrades related to R Fund, Rutgers annual giving program as it relates to benefits allocation, recognition and developing stewardship opportunities to help develop and grow the donor base. Focused on discovery and cultivation meetings. Assists from office staff with questions regarding donations, parking, RSF, priority points, and tickets. Expected outcome is increased customer satisfaction.
Requires a bachelor's degree in marketing, business, or sports management or in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and a minimum of two years relevant experience that demonstrates knowledge, skill, and understanding of donor research, customer service, donor/public relations, and event execution.
Additional Salary Information: Contingent on experience.
Internal Number: 1563
About Rutgers University Foundation
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Established in 1766, the university is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States. Nearly 69,000 students and 22,000 full- and part-time faculty and staff learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers locations across New Jersey and around the world.
Rutgers University Athletics has a storied history that began way back in 1869, when the first game of intercollegiate football was played between Rutgers and Princeton, which Rutgers won 6-4. Since then, athletics at Rutgers has evolved into a Division 1 school in the highly competitive Big 10 conference with 24 athletic programs and over 600 student athletes from across the country. Several programs including basketball, football, soccer, wrestling, baseball and most recently lacrosse have achieved top 15 nationally ranked status at some point over the past 20 years.
Rutgers is committed to building championship contenders in the Big Ten. This commitment means the university must build premier training facilities for elite student-athletes from New Jersey, the nation, and around the globe.