RISD Fund Officer

Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 08, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) provides innovative leadership in art and design education and an ongoing commitment to creative experimentation and risk-taking. This progressive, inquisitive attitude permeates RISD’s campus culture, supporting the undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, curators, administrative, and support staff who form our community. RISD’s students are diverse, coming from a wide range of geographic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds, representing all forms of diversity. The College strives to cultivate a culturally competent campus environment that advances principles of social equity and inclusion, environmental and climate justice, and equal access to resources and opportunities.

RISD’s Division of Institutional Engagement seeks highly motivated candidates for two (2) RISD Fund Officer openings. Reporting to the Executive Director, RISD Fund, the successful candidates will join a cohesive and talented team of professionals who are committed to sustained participation and generosity in the RISD Fund. Employing keen customer relationship management skills, the RISD Fund Officer identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards new and existing donors in support of the RISD Fund which encourages unrestricted and designated current-use gifts. This position develops an annual plan to cultivate and solicit a portfolio of 150 prospective and current donors for membership in the 1877 Society ($2,500 or more) and Families Association Leadership Council ($5,000 or more) by concentrating efforts on securing annual gifts from alumni, parents, and friends, as well as conducting at least 150 personal visits annually. The RISD Fund Officer creates personalized engagement plans for each assigned prospect and works collaboratively with the Alumni + Family Relations team in leveraging Alumni Association and with the Executive Director, RISD Fund for 1877 Society and Families Association Leadership Council cultivating opportunities to engage and steward donors. This position also plays a vital role in building the pipeline for the College by assessing the giving capacity and philanthropic interests of assigned individuals and recommending those with major gift capacity ($100,000 or more) for assignment to Philanthropy Officers who will cultivate these donors for multi-year commitments.

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of assigned prospective donors through face-to-face visits, engagement events, and other means. Tasked with personally executing solicitations and closing gifts to secure annual leadership gifts of $2,500 or more for unrestricted and designated, current use purposes.

  • Manage and maintain a portfolio of 150 prospective and current donors.

  • Develop and execute an annual solicitation plan for submitted proposals and gift closures providing gift projections of commitments.

  • Maintain a rigorous schedule of personal contacts with assigned prospects, creating moves management plans related to them that include strategies of engagement and solicitations.

  • Collaborate with the Alumni + Family Relations team and Executive Director, RISD Fund to leverage appropriate Alumni Association, 1877 Society, and Families Association Leadership Council events and volunteer opportunities for select prospective and current donors.

  • At the direction of the Executive Director, RISD Fund staff and/or attend assigned 1877 Society and Families Association Leadership Council events.

  • Seamlessly transition newly identified prospective and current donors with gift capacity of $100,000 or more to Philanthropy Officers for further relationship development.

  • Utilize Raiser’s Edge prospect tracking/management system, which identifies, assigns, rates, and tracks assigned prospects, to comply with department policies and procedures.

  • Conduct independent research through the Institutional Engagement database, Internet sources, and referrals from RISD representatives and volunteers to identify and appropriately engage assigned prospects.

Required Knowledge/Skills/Experience

Bachelor’s degree required. One or more years of fundraising (or related sales) experience devising and executing face-to-face solicitations. Proven ability to communicate and present persuasively, build relationships and influence others. Strong organizational and database skills. Willingness to travel on daily and/or weekly basis locally or assigned geographic territories. Interest/experience in art and design desirable. Ability to work and communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of divisional and institutional colleagues, within an environment that values diversity and inclusion. National and international travel required.



Work Schedule:

35 hours per week, 12 months per year

Work hours are not confined to weekdays but may also include evenings and weekends.

Employment Status:

Full-time, Exempt



Documents Needed to Apply:


Cover Letter

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload all required documents.

The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.

RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

For internal use only - Job Family:

Development - Fundraising

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