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Associate Director of Development

Company: Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Location: Houston, TX

Posted: February 19, 2019

About Kinder Institute for Urban Research
The Kinder Institute for Urban Research is a multi-disciplinary “think-and-do tank” housed on the Rice University campus in central Houston, focusing on urban issues in Houston, the American Sun Belt and around the world. The Kinder Institute builds better cities and improves people’s lives by bringing together data, research, engagement and action.

Position Description
The Associate Director of Development (ADod) is an essential part of an energetic, high-functioning development team, who supports the organization’s mission by engaging a unique portfolio of donors and prospects. Working closely with the development team and other staff, the ADod maintains and increases annual giving; manages a calendar of donor communication projects; serves as a key player in the execution of the high-profile annual luncheon; and supports the shaping and execution of the Institute’s short- and long-term fundraising plans and goals.

The ideal candidate is motivated, a self-starter who works well within a team dynamic, possesses excellent communication and project management skills, is comfortable soliciting gifts, skillful at building relationships and highly organized.

The work schedule is a standard 40-hour work week with some flexibility. This position is eligible for benefits but not eligible for overtime. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Associate Director of Development reports to the Kinder Institute’s Director of Development.


Donor Engagement & Solicitation

      • Expand upon and further develop base of leadership gifts ($2,500 to $25,000) from corporations, other funding entities, and individuals, with a goal of increasing general or designated support through strategic identification, cultivation, solicitation, and ongoing stewardship
      • Help execute larger development strategy, including multi-faceted fundraising appeals (print, digital) for general/designated support
      • Develop regular, personal contact with existing donors with a goal of annual gift renewals or upgrades
      • As possible, convert extensive base of annual luncheon contributors (200+ names) into annual supporters
      • Collaborates with the DOD in identification and management of Institute’s portfolio of donors, with emphasis on major gift prospects; direct oversight over the Institute’s portfolio management procedures in collaboration with Rice University’s Development and Alumni Relations division
      • Attend donor cultivation/stewardship events and public programs to better connect with the Institute’s donors and prospects

Donor Communication

      • Maintain and improve existing communications strategy to create meaningful engagement with donors via timely publications and other communication pieces
      • Project management of the print donor newsletter
      • Maintains master calendar of donor communications actions, working with development team and Institute participants in its timely execution

Data Management

      • Enable the Institute’s development operations to continually improve performance by organizing and analyzing basic statistical data on donor giving, luncheon performance and overall fundraising progress
      • Work with Development Coordinator in the regular upkeep of donor giving data and gift information
      • Prepare monthly reports on donor giving
      • Create and analyze comparative performance evaluation on giving patterns and luncheon performance for regular review by Institute leadership

Additional Duties

      • Help execute the high-profile annual luncheon through key project management
      • Participate in all planning related to luncheon, print collateral, solicitation strategy, communications, staging and general event execution
      • Lead all aspects of event volunteer recruitment and management (with partners around Rice University)
      • Direct solicitation of renewed and new sponsorships
      • Project management of master luncheon calendar, including luncheon logistics and guest communications
      • Oversight over master luncheon database of giving, sponsor recognition, table and ticket sales, and contact information
      • Daily contact with staff members within the Kinder Institute; frequent contact with members of the Development and Alumni Relations division; occasional contact with representatives from Rice University administrations, schools, other centers and other departments

Qualifications and Skills

      • Bachelor’s Degree in Administration/Management, business, communications, social sciences or related fields of study. Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement
      • Three years of related experience in fundraising, including identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors and prospects. Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement
      • Experience in fundraising focused on corporate and institutional funders
      • Experience working in higher education and/or nonprofit working environments
      • Experience working on high-profile fundraising events
      • Experience in project management
      • Ability to develop and initiate new strategies
      • Advanced problem-solving skills
      • Strong verbal and written communications skills
      • Ability to work well under pressure and manage projects simultaneously
      • Strong organizational and time management skills
      • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
      • Strong data analysis skills
      • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet expected deadlines and schedules
      • Adept at problem-solving, creating contingency plans and handling issues when necessary
      • Strong client service orientation and attention to detail
      • Strong attention to detail and the ability to quickly understand and remember details about alumni/donors and projects to which they are assigned
      • Expertise using software for project management and data tracking

Working Conditions

      • Will be required to walk and travel among buildings on Rice campus and to attend meetings and events throughout the city
      • Generally a quiet environment with sitting the majority of the day when not attending meetings or events

To Apply
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