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Assistant Vice President, Institutional Giving & Academic Initiatives

The New School
New York City, New York
$160,000 - $175,000 + benefits
Date posted
Jan 4, 2024

The New School seeks a dedicated senior-level fundraiser to serve as the Assistant Vice President, Institutional Giving & Academic Initiatives in the Development and Alumni Engagement Office. Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President, the Assistant Vice President will design, execute, and lead a strategic fundraising plan to capitalize on philanthropic support from corporations and foundations, overseeing the Institutional & Academic Initiatives team, and securing a minimum of $20 million on an annual basis. This position will support all schools and units within the University and will coordinate with the school-based directors to support the fundraising goals in their areas.  


This position is the primary liaison to the President, Provost, Deans, and other senior level administrators involved with fundraising for The New School through grants. In addition, this person will work closely with colleagues in the offices of Finance, Office of Research Support, Marketing and Communications, and the office of General Counsel on grant work.  

This role oversees a team of three employees all working on securing corporate and foundation support across The New School.    


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 this commitment. 


  • Design, direct, and lead all corporate and foundation fundraising in support for all schools and units at the university.  

  • Serve as a proactive frontline fundraiser, managing the university portfolio of corporations and foundations seeking gifts from $25,000 to $10 million. 

  • Oversee a team of three: Senior Director of Development, Director of Development and Assistant Director of Institutional Giving & Academic Initiatives. 

  • Set and secure annual fundraising goals for the Institutional Giving team. 

  • Serve as the primary point of contact to all Executive Deans and Directors of the various school and centers, working collaboratively with the senior development leadership for each school. 

  • Provide regular reports on progress made and challenges faced by the Institutional Giving unit in Development in weekly meetings with the Senior Vice President of Development and Alumni Engagement.

  • Conduct visits with corporate and foundation leadership together with senior leadership.

  • Prepare the Institutional Giving portion of school-based Annual Reports and Business Plans in consultation with senior Development leaders for each school. 

  • Lead stewardship reporting for active portfolio and maintenance of moves management reports for the team. 

  • Facilitate contact between corporate and foundation officers and senior academic leaders.

  • Solicit grants, gifts, and sponsorships from private funders in order to meet annual goals. Write and edit a high volume of compelling proposals and LOIs focusing primarily on opportunities of $1M+. 

  • Conduct regular research on corporations and foundations and develop new prospects in line with university funding priorities. 

  • Assist with special projects and perform other related duties as required. 


  • Bachelor’s degree required. 

  • At least ten years of fundraising experience is required, with demonstrated experience grant fundraising of gifts over $1M from corporations and foundations. 

  • Appreciation for the higher education setting and interest in or experience fundraising around innovative educational initiatives that foster student success, creativity, and exceptional teaching. 

  • Strong personnel management and team building skills.

  • Ability to set priorities, deal efficiently with multiple tasks, and meet frequent deadlines. 

  • Exceptional organizational, verbal, and written communication skills. 

  • Ability to define goals and take initiative while working flexibly in a team environment. 

  • Ability to maintain diplomacy and discretion. 

  • Exceptional collaboration and interpersonal skills, and the ability to be effective at engaging with all levels of the University. 

  • Demonstrated ability to confidently establish credibility with prospective donors. 

  • Eager to work with ethnically, culturally, and socially diverse constituencies. 

  • Some travel, evenings, and weekend hours required. 

  • Strong technology skills, including proficiency in Salesforce.


  • Advanced degree

  • Experience working in higher education


  • Hybrid/Remote - Employees hired for this position primarily work remotely with the occasional on-campus presence required with advanced notice. Employees in this role will also be expected to use their best judgment to be on campus when necessary in order to best fulfill the responsibilities of their job descriptions. 


$160,000 - $175,000



We look forward to receiving your application!

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