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The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
May 18, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund
Academic Centers
Employment Type
Full Time
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Reporting to the Deputy Director of Alumni Affairs and Development, the Assistant Director of Annual Giving works as a collaborative member of the Alumni Affairs and Development team to promote and advance The Cooper Union's goals of financial sustainability, excellence and merit, access and affordability and distinctiveness.


• Design and implement annual fundraising appeals, events and ongoing communications plan to increase donations raised at the <$1,000 level with expected annual goals to achieve each year.
• Upgrade donors to Innovator level supporters ($1,000 - $10,000).
• Manage Cooper Union membership programs such as the Friends of the Great Hall and Friends of the Library.
• Under supervision of Vice President of Alumni Affairs and Development develop a communications plan by collaborating closely with colleagues in Development, Alumni Affairs, Communications, and other stakeholders to leverage institutional messages integrating mission statements, institutional priorities, milestones and special events, community goals and achievements in all communications including direct mail, email marketing, website content, and college leadership correspondence.
• Enhance the Alumni Affairs and Development website, CRM and email marketing systems to increase prospects, cultivate current donors and prospects, and increase engagement among all constituents.
• Create and send biweekly 5 Things newsletter in addition to other regularly scheduled communications as needed and increase newsletter database for cultivation.
• Work with outside consultants to bring best practices in prospecting solicitation and cultivation
• Scout, learn and test new systems for donor engagement and solicitation.

• Liaise with IT to troubleshoot systems and establish best practices for department’s communication channels.
• Assist colleagues in drafting and editing department communications.
• Other related duties as required or assigned by the Deputy Director or Vice President of Alumni Affairs and Development.


• Strong knowledge of development concepts, fundraising techniques, especially those related to annual giving success
• Strong writing skills, passion for writing a plus
• Superior collaborative, interpersonal and communications skills, including a proven ability to interact with donors, board members, other colleagues, and department personnel.
• Computer proficiency in CRMs, digital marketing systems, and Microsoft Office as well as ability to quickly learn new systems
• Ability to work independently, prioritize work and manage time
• Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
• Good typing and proofreading skills
• Good with numbers and detail-oriented
• Sound judgment and discretion
• Strong team player
• Reliable and punctual
• Writing samples will be requested


• A Bachelor's Degree with experience in Development

This is a unionized position.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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