Candidate will to the SVP for Development and Alumni
Engagement, The New School is seeking an experienced, highly
motivated, and socially-engaged university administrator to serve
as the Senior Director of Donor Relations. The Senior Director will
lead the newly centralized Donor Relations team, composed of Gift
Administration, Prospect Development, Special Events, and
Stewardship & Donor Communications, which will act as a shared
services hub for the Advancement division. Working closely with
the SVP of Development and Alumni Engagement, frontline
fundraisers, and additional partners, the Senior Director will
develop and implement comprehensive identification, cultivation and
stewardship strategies for donors at all giving levels. The Senior
Director must be an effective manager and proactive leader who
excels at relationship building. In this role, they will work
closely with department colleagues and university partners to
identify donors, understand their passions, and create bespoke
engagement opportunities. The New School was founded
by forward-thinking educators in 1919 to defy the intellectual
constraints of a traditional college education.
The New School is strongly committed to diversity and
inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from
members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share
- Lead the strategic development and implementation of a
comprehensive Donor Relations program.
- Develop, manage, and execute cultivation and stewardship
programs for all donor levels, including giving circles, designed
to strengthen The New School’s relationships with
- Work closely with fundraisers to identify new major gift
prospects and develop and implement high-touch strategies for
current major donors, ensuring that the details are compiled and
communicated to all involved parties with the executed plan
documented in the database of record.
- Oversee and develop new ways of providing stewardship in
addition to reporting, including special events or experiences,
video stewardship, and social media to engage donors.
- Build buy-in and collaborate across units to collect, assess,
and utilize stewardship assets, repurposing them as needed to
maximize donor satisfaction.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of stewardship programs, events,
and/or recognition activities, and recommend strategies for
- Supervise all aspects of gift processing, working closely with
gift accounting and Finance to ensure all gifts are reported on
accurately and in compliance with gift-reporting standards and
- Manage and motivate four direct reports and a total team of 6+
professionals in a team-oriented culture of innovation and
- Cultivate, maintain, and steward strong relationships across
the department and other areas of the university including, but not
limited to, Marketing & Communications, Public Programming,
Faculty, and the Offices of the Deans, Provost, and the
- Interact frequently with Trustees, key volunteers and other
external constituents of The New School.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent job experience required.
- Seven plus years of experience in fundraising or constituent
relations within an educational/cultural institution or related
- Deep understanding of donor needs and key principles of
fundraising including strategies for donor identification,
cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
- Strong skills in consensus building, diplomacy, discretion,
leadership, analysis and strategic planning.
- Demonstrated success in developing and growing staff, with the
ability to define goals and take and encourage initiative while
working flexibly in a team environment.
- Ability to set priorities, deal efficiently with multiple
tasks, and meet frequent deadlines.
- Exceptional organizational, verbal, and written communication
skills with the ability to effectively engage and collaborate with
colleagues at all levels throughout the University.
- Demonstrated ability to establish credibility and confidence
with current and prospective donors, while maintaining diplomacy
and discretion as it relates to sensitive and confidential
- Strong technology skills, including proficiency in Microsoft
Office and Google Suite.
- Some travel, evenings, and weekend hours required.
The New School is committed to creating and maintaining an
environment that promises diversity and tolerance in all areas of
employment, education and access to its educational, artistic or
cultural programs and activities. The New School does not
discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex or gender
(including actual or perceived gender identity or expression or
transgender status), sexual orientation, sexual and other
reproductive health decisions, pregnancy, religion, religious
practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic
origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership
status, or any other legally protected status.