University of Rochester is a top tier research university with more than 200 majors and 11,300 students. It is one of the smallest schools among top research universities, which affords a high level of interaction with faculty. It strives to be an international leader in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, health science, business and music. Among its unique offerings is the Take Five Scholars Program which has allowed 900 students to study an additional semester (or year) tuition-free in a field outside their formal major. The University of Rochester family has received 8 Nobel prizes, 12 Pulitzer prizes and 20 Guggenheim awards. The school is currently implementing a new strategic plan that includes strengthening faculty and research, enhancing the student experience, addressing infrastructure needs and finalizing financial stability. Both U.S. News and World Reports and Kiplinger’s have listed the school in their rankings.
Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Annual Giving, Alumni Relations & Constituent Engagement (AVP), the Executive Director for Annual Giving is responsible for creating multi-channel approaches to increase donor participation at the University of Rochester. This analytical, goal-oriented, fundraising professional will establish revenue goals and schedules, with primary responsibility for the $2 million direct response budget. As second in command to the AVP, the Executive Director will provide strong leadership to a successful business unit and will determine outreach strategies for individual constituents, while managing or influencing all mass annual fund appeals. A minimum of seven years of advancement experience is necessary with at least five years in higher education.