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Reporting to the Vice President of Development and Alumni Engagement, the Director of Development, College of Performing Arts is a key member of the major gifts team responsible for both strategy development and direct fundraising for the College of Performing Arts (CoPA). The New Schoolâ™s College of Performing Arts includes the Mannes School of Music, the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the School of Drama.
The Director of Development will design, execute, and lead strategic fundraising plans for a university-wide portfolio of individual prospects, focusing on the College of Performing Arts. They will provide strategic direction and tactical leadership to increase the number of major gift supporters for CoPA and to ensure consistent levels of annual fund support for respective programs. At The New School, major gift donors are considered to have the capacity to make gifts of $100,000 or more over a one-to-five year period. The director will collaborate with the CoPA deans and faculty, as well as other key partners across The New School, to raise a minimum of $2 million annually.Â
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.Â
Raise a minimum of $2M through individual fundraising, with a concentration on annual, major, and planned giftsÂ
Identify at least 50 major or planned gift prospects annuallyÂ
Cultivate, solicit, and steward a university-wide portfolio, concentrating on CoPA, of approximately 100 current and prospective major gift donors including alumni, parents, and friends, focusing on in-person solicitation
Oversee the CoPA Board of Governors, including recruiting new members, planning and running annual meetings, offboarding members, and soliciting annual supportÂ
Collaborate with the CoPA Deanâ™s Office and Alumni Engagement team to assist in the execution of: Alumni Engagement events, annual CoPA events, special dinners, and CoPA Board of Governor meetings, which are central to CoPAâ™s continued long- term growth in fundraising
Complete special projects and other tasks as required including drafting letters, briefings, proposals, reports and other text as needed for the senior leadership team
Volunteer and attend major annual events, including: Major concerts and performances, the Parsons Benefit, and Presidentâ™s Circle Reception
Ability to travel regionally
Bachelorâ™s degree, or equivalent education
5 to 10 years of experience working in frontline individual gift fundraising
Experience building and cultivating internal and external relationshipsÂ
Highly motivated with the ability to meet ambitious annual fundraising goals
An entrepreneurial disposition and the ability to prioritize tasks and think creatively
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Regional travel as necessaryÂ
Commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice
Ability to adhere to University COVID-19 PolicyÂ
Higher education fundraising experience
Knowledge of the New York City fundraising landscapeÂ
Knowledge of the performing arts and music educationÂ Â
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.Â
$110,000 - $120,000 per annum
We look forward to receiving your application!
Internal Number: JR102806
About The New School
The New School, a leading university in downtown New York City, offers degree and nondegree academic programs in design, the social sciences, the liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. Students benefit from small classes, superior resources, and renowned faculty members who practice what they teach. Continuing education courses and public programs place the university at the center of New York’s cultural and intellectual life.