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Senior Parent Giving and Recognition Officer

Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 13, 2024

Job Details

Founded in 1764, Brown is a leading institution for education, discovery, and global intellectual progress as well as one of the largest employers in Rhode Island. Working at Brown brings more than just a paycheck and generous benefits; it offers an opportunity to contribute to a greater good. Join us in supporting the pursuit of knowledge and individual growth that defines higher education and enriches our community.

Job Description:

The Senior Parent Giving and Recognition Officer is an integral member of the Parent and Family Giving team, which develops programming, events, volunteer opportunities, and communications to maximize the engagement and philanthropy of Brown’s parent community, with a particular focus on non-alumni parents.

This individual manages the Brown Parents Annual Fund, which includes planning and executing all fundraising initiatives focused on securing gifts from non-alumni parents to the Brown Annual Fund, a significant component of unrestricted, current-use giving to Brown. This role includes managing the Parents Leadership Council, the premiere volunteer engagement opportunity for non-alumni parents, as well as the Brown Family Fellows Giving Society. Finally, the individual tracks the entire population of rated but unmanaged current parents and selectively engages this population to help qualify and solicit leadership non-alumni parents.

Brown University is committed to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Brown University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a related field such as fundraising, higher education, nonprofits, sales, development, customer relations, etc.

Required Qualifications
  • Must be willing and able to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed. Minimal travel is required, though opportunities for occasional travel may exist

  • Strong organizational and planning skills with the ability to conceive, propose, execute, and evaluate short- and long-term plans that support the activities of the program and contribute to the overall goals of the Advancement Division. The ability to handle and prioritize multiple concurrent tasks is essential.

  • Superior interpersonal skills with proven ability to collaborate and build positive rapport with varied constituencies professionally; clarity, professionalism, and diplomacy in written and oral communication skills; and comfort interacting with individuals of considerable social status and affluence

  • Competence with online and Windows software such as or similar to Google Mail and calendaring, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and database software.

  • Ability to apply good judgment and responsible decision-making; tact and discretion are required to deal with highly confidential parent, student, family, donor, and prospect information.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in a higher education or non-profit setting

  • Direct experience with fundraising, volunteer management, and/or working with parents in a private school or college setting is highly desired.

  • Confidence in learning and manipulating a variety of technology and software platforms

Job Competencies
  • Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), including experience/ability to identify and emphasize diverse perspectives in programming, communications, and strategy.

  • Must be a detail-oriented self-starter who is comfortable working independently as well as part of a close-knit team that values creativity, a sense of humor, energy, and positivity.

  • Must demonstrate the core values of the Brown Development Office: integrity, excellence, collaboration, collegiality, intellectual curiosity, and a commitment to personal growth.

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and resume with their application. All offers of employment are contingent upon a completed criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.

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Job Posting Title:

Senior Parent Giving and Recognition Officer




Grade 11

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Full time

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Position Work Location:

Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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EEO Statement:

Brown University is an E-Verify Employer.

As an EEO/AA employer , Brown University provides equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation based upon a person’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law, and caste, which is protected by our University policies.


Brown University

Founded in 1764, Brown is a nonprofit leading research university, home to world-renowned faculty, and also an innovative educational institution where the curiosity, creativity and intellectual joy of students drives academic excellence.

The spirit of the undergraduate Open Curriculum infuses every aspect of the University. Brown is a place where rigorous scholarship, complex problem-solving and service to the public good are defined by intense collaboration, intellectual discovery and working in ways that transcend traditional boundaries. As a private, nonprofit institution, the University advances its mission through support from a community invested in Brown's commitment to advance knowledge and make a positive difference locally and globally.

Brown is a leading research university, where stellar faculty and student researchers deploy deep content knowledge to generate new discoveries on those issues and many more. What sets their work apart? Collectively, Brown's researchers are driven by the idea that their work will have a positive impact in the world.

Brown students and faculty are tackling the nation’s opioid crisis. Planning the next Mars landing site. Uncovering the locations of ancient civilizations. Advising world leaders on new political models. Exploring new frontiers in multimedia arts. In each of their intellectual endeavors, our scholars and researchers are uncommonly driven by the belief that their work must — and will — have an impact in their communities, in society and the world.

We are a learning community grounded in a commitment of respect for the diversity of viewpoints that is fundamentally essential to intellectual discovery. We encourage the right of all individuals to express ideas and perspectives — and we embrace the value of vigorous debate in pursuit of knowledge.

Providence, Rhode Island — Brown's home for more than two and a half centuries — is a vibrant place to live, work and study, a stimulating hub for innovation, and a city rich in cultural diversity. 

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