Rhode Island School of Design (RISD or the College) seeks a talented and experienced development professional to oversee its comprehensive fundraising programs. RISD's office of Institutional Engagement is setting a high bar under the leadership and vision of O'Neil Outar, VP of Institutional Engagement. If you're looking to join a cohesive and talented team dedicated to being the best, we are interested in hearing from you. RISD is located in the Creative Capital, Providence RI and is recognized for being an arts and cultural mecca.
Founded in 1877, RISD has earned an international reputation as a leader in art and design education. It is recognized for its renowned faculty of artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities, and the intensity of its studio-based approach to learning—an approach where critical thinking informs the making of works by hand. Approximately 2,500 students from around the world study at RISD, pursuing full-time bachelor's or master's degree programs in 19 fine arts, architecture, or design majors, complemented by essential study in the liberal arts.
The RISD Museum, with the third largest college or university museum collection in the country, is an integral part of the institution and a resource for the College and the larger community. RISD's mission incorporates artistic and scholarly achievement with social impact, and the institution has played a vital role in preparing students for leadership roles in all sectors, as demonstrated through the outstanding and varied accomplishments of its 27,000 alumni.
The College is located in Providence, Rhode Island, which offers its own vibrant art scene and is conveniently located between two other major cultural centers: Boston and New York. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.
The Senior Executive Director will lead the creation and implementation of a dynamic development program and manage the leadership giving, corporate and foundation and government relations teams. Managing an individual portfolio of 50 prospective donors, the Senior Executive Director will lead a fast-paced, sophisticated and results-oriented development team, empowering staff through active and inclusive communication and accountability for excellence through establishing clearly defined, collaboratively established and measurable goals. They will be charged to actively build institutional capacity for long-term sustainable fundraising through the various areas of giving including corporate, foundation, the RISD Fund, major gifts, principal gifts, and planned giving.
To actively engage the Director of Government Relations to develop and implement a strategy that aligns with institutional priorities and positions RISD as a national thought-leader in art and design education. Work collaboratively and synergistically with peers on the Institutional Engagement Senior Management Group to achieve organizational goals and strategies and work in partnership with the Deputy Director of Development and External Affairs for the Museum.
Job Qualifications Required:
The successful candidate will possess a bachelor's degree, master's preferred with ten years of progressively responsible and successful development experience with a proven track record in grant and proposal writing and stewardship. Development experience in higher education preferred. A Demonstrated record of leadership, with experience in supervision and management of professional staff. Experience and success working with diverse donor constituencies, especially globally. A successful track record of providing strategic direction, leadership, and daily management of comprehensive giving programs. Experience with a moves management prospect management protocol and demonstrated experience with the government grant processes. Experience developing, maintaining and consummating strategic, high-level relationships with donors. Strong organizational and time management skills and excellent writing and communications skills including the ability to effectively communicate persuasively with a wide range of external and internal constituents. Experience working effectively in a fast-paced environment and producing results under deadlines.
Employment Type: Full-Time
Department: Institutional Engagement
Internal Number: 1891
About Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), founded in 1877, is a fine arts and design college located in Providence, Rhode Island. Enrolling about 2000 undergraduates and 400 graduate students from across the United States and 55 other countries, RISD offers 16 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate majors, and is ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top art and design schools in the United States. RISD’s rigorous education encourages creative experimentation and intellectual risk-taking, challenging students to question their approach to art making through critical thinking. There are over 90,000 works of art in the RISD Museum, which houses a collection of fine and decorative art objects. The first public galleries opened in 1893. The RISD Library is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country with more than 150,000 volumes and 380 periodical subscriptions which offer unusual depth and richness in the areas of architecture, art, design, and photography. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundament...al 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.