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Assistant Director of Development, Annual Giving

Dev Investment Fund Initiative, Lincoln Center

Fordham University


Fordham University has an excellent reputation as a dynamic institution located in New York City.  Founded in 1841, Fordham enrolls more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students in its 9 Colleges and Schools. 


Fordham University offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to its employees, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance.
We offer tuition remission for employees and their dependents 
A generous employer match towards a 403(b) retirement plan.
As a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), Fordham is considered a qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, a federal program designed to forgive student loan debt for employees of certain public and certain nonprofit employers.
As part of its work-life balance program, the University provides generous PTO including 15 vacation days, 12 sick days, 2 personal days, 6 summer Fridays, and holidays that include paid time off between Christmas and New year.  
University employees have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP provides no-cost, professional, and confidential services, to help employees and family members address a variety of personal, family, life, and work-related issues.

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Position Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director of Development and Strategic Initiatives, the Assistant Director of Development, Annual Giving Officer seeks to increase participation in annual giving from alumni, parents, and friends of Fordham University’s School of Law.


Working closely with the Executive Director of Development, the Annual Giving Officer is responsible for the strategy and management associated with increasing the number of donors from the Law School’s Affinity Programs.


Additionally, the Annual Giving Officer will provide operational support for multiple areas within the Annual Fund and special project initiatives.


This position requires some evening/weekend work.


Essential Functions        

Sets strategy and manages the day-to-day operations of the Law School’s Affinity Programs fundraising efforts.
Builds and maintains a portfolio of 150-200 annual giving prospects. Devises and implements solicitation strategies for each prospect in pool with the goal of soliciting annual gifts of $1,000, $2,500+ and multi-year commitments of $5,000+. Maintains frequent contact with donors through visits, correspondence, and telephone calls; encourages their attendance at key events throughout the year.
Completes 125+ solicitation and stewardship visits annually with current and prospective donors; solicits a minimum of $1,000,000 in new gifts and multi-year commitments for the Law School’s Annual Giving priorities while closing $500,000 in new gifts and commitments.
Writes Affinity Programs specific appeal letters and emails in collaboration with the Communications staff; develops creative and new initiatives to grow giving for this population.
Develops a comprehensive stewardship program for Affinity Programs donors.
Manages database tracking and fundraising reporting on Affinity Group populations, as well as other special initiatives.
Works collaboratively and strategically with other members of the advancement team and other School/University units to promote alumni involvement with Fordham Law as ambassadors, friends, and donors.
Participates in advancement activities and events, including dinners, receptions, and alumni campus visits.

Essential Functions Note

This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list.

The University may assign additional related duties as necessary.


Additional Functions      

Implements an annual outreach strategy for the Affinity Programs population around the Development team’s signature fundraising efforts (Calendar Year-end push, Giving Day, Reunion, Fiscal Year-end push, etc.)

Required Qualifications: Education and Experience        

High School Diploma or equivalent
Minimum of 1 year of experience in development or related field

Required Qualifications: Knowledge and Skills     

Demonstrate a keen understanding of annual giving strategies, constituencies, methods, metrics, and best practices, preferably in a higher education setting.
Ability to effectively communicate both written and orally with the intended audience.
Curiosity and analytical thinking; complex problem solving; ability to organize, prioritize, and complete multiple projects simultaneously with close attention to detail; meet deadlines and work in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to foster strong collaborative relationships at all levels of a complex organization and professionally interact with all levels of students, staff, faculty, and outside groups.
Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a team environment; an ability and willingness to quickly learn the Law School’s and University’s history, mission, demographics, faculty, current programs, and departments, as well as University culture.
Comfort with using personal computers, tablets, and software programs for retrieving, organizing, researching, and presenting appropriate donor/prospect information; proficiency with MS Office Suite (advanced Excel experience preferred); experience with Banner or Ellucian a plus.
Successful candidates should have a knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Jesuit Education.

Preferred Qualifications 

Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, public relations, journalism, English, or a related field
At least 1 year of progressively successful experience in frontline fundraising and development.
Experience in higher education

Minimum Starting Salary: $62,400


Maximum Starting Salary: $70,000


Note: Salary is commensurate with qualifications, experience, and skills.







Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering an exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 16,000 students in its 9 colleges and schools.  It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre in the United Kingdom. 


Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds.


Fordham is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories

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