Director, Annual Giving

Posted on 04/25/2023

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, NY

Detailed Job Description:

  • Create, implement, and assess a comprehensive and strategic annual giving program that maximizes philanthropic support and involvement of alumni and constituents of RIT, and meets University Advancement goals.
  • Coordinate, execute, and assess direct mail, e-solicitation, and other strategies designed to increase alumni giving and engagement, building a pipeline for leadership and major gifts.
  • Alongside the Executive Director, develop the narrative and design content of the annual giving strategy.
  • Collaborate with Marketing & Communications, campus partners, and/or outside vendors to create and produce effective collateral materials in support of annual giving initiatives.
  • Collaborate with the Advancement Services team to effectively leverage and analyze constituent data in support of effective donor identification, cultivation, and solicitation.
  • Engage Major Gift Officers and other Advancement staff in the development, implementation, and assessment of strategies to increase membership in the Sentinel Society.
  • Managing RIT’s partnership with the Student Call Center vendor. Working with vendor and Advancement Services colleagues to plan and execute a multi-channel engagement plan. Coordinate student employment activities and oversee student payroll process.
  • In conjunction with the entire Alumni & Constituent Engagement Team, may develop and organize annual giving events.
  • Oversee fundraising platform for success in digital giving including ROAR Day and other digital engagement opportunities that meet strategy which might include RIT’s Get in the Game and crowdfunding.
  • As our team grows, this position may have the opportunity in supervise new staff.

Live our values, embrace diverse perspectives, and nurture the RIT community to remain a great place to work for all.

Department/College Description:

At Rochester Institute of Technology, our mission is to shape the future and improve the world through creativity and innovation. As an engaged, intellectually curious, diverse and socially conscious community, we leverage the power of technology, the arts, and design for the greater good. In the Division of University Advancement at RIT, we are dedicated to advancing this mission by fostering deep and meaningful connections with alumni, parents, friends, and organizations with the goal of increasing the resources available to the university through greater volunteer engagement and increased philanthropic support. As Advancement professionals, we seek support from a variety of investors to ensure a life-transforming RIT education is accessible to the talented students who seek to join us.

RIT’s Division of University Advancement (UADV) is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with each other, our constituents and our broader communities. We are dedicated to developing and implementing best practices to promote even greater diversity through our employee retention and hiring, accessibility, marketing materials, constituent engagement and in pursuit of our philanthropic goals.

Minimum Qualifications:

Please note-this position requires:

  • Minimal travel required
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed.


  • 5 years experience in fundraising, donor relations, stewardship or equivalent skill, preferred in higher education.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience


  • Proven record of fundraising success and/or knowledge in annual giving.
  • Goal-oriented with a proven ability to engage donors and prospects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with high level university administrators, faculty, donors and volunteers.
  • Excellent team skills to engage with colleagues across University Advancement.
  • Knowledge or ability to learn industry specific software, including annual giving digital platforms.
  • Strong leadership abilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Excellent computer skills and advanced use of Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Microsoft Excel.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Minimal travel required
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed.

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Additional Details:

Rochester Institute of Technology, the 10th largest private university in the U.S., is among the world’s leading technological universities. Its 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are enrolled in over 200 academic programs, including 7 interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. A pioneer in experiential education, RIT was the first to offer undergraduate degree programs in biotechnology, information technology, software engineering, and microelectronic engineering. As home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the university offers unparalleled academic opportunities and services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Founded in 1829, RIT has 115,000 alumni throughout the United States and around the world. RIT has been named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For.” RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site, and is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples through the Upstate NY Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. For more information, visit and

As a member of the RIT community employees receive a well-balanced benefits package that offers a variety of choices and access to additional employment advantages. These benefits, combined with an employee’s pay, provide a total compensation package that can be tailored to meet your needs. More on RIT’s Benefits, Health & Wellness program can be found at:

RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov

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