Exec Dir Campaign Mgmt and Special Initiatives

Rochester, NY



The executive director will engage in high-level tactical and strategic efforts to ensure a successful comprehensive billion-dollar campaign. This position will work directly with the Senior Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer (SVP) and the Associate Vice President of Advancement and Chief of Staff (AVP/COS), and closely with the executive management team, academic leaders, and campus partners to plan and executive high-level goals and operational elements of a comprehensive campaign, including, volunteer management, and discrete campaign projects and institutional priorities within the comprehensive campaign. The position will engage directly with the President, Provost, President’s cabinet, Deans and unit Directors, as well as the Board of Trustees and Advancement Committee of the Board. Serves as a key partner to the Associate Vice President of Advancement and Chief of Staff in helping to manage the campaign and other special advancement initiatives and strategic goals. Oversee special executive-level projects and independently executing special strategic projects, research, and assignments. The executive director will have supervisory and management responsibilities specifically for hiring, performance management, and day-to-day department organization.

Principal Duties:

  • Provides leadership for the comprehensive campaign including strategic planning, management, execution, and coordination with other stakeholders to achieve goals. Oversees and manages an overall campaign operations plan and timeline and develops tools to monitor and report overall campaign progress. Partner with the SVP and AVP/COS to set campaign strategies.

  • Partners with key stakeholders in Advancement to implement campaign activity and manages the master plan of activity to ensure constituent schools and program initiatives dovetail effectively without duplication to achieve campaign objectives. Manages internal communications strategies to keep colleagues across campus informed of campaign progress and status and develop plans to engage and involve deans, faculty, and other university staff in the comprehensive campaign. Partners closely with our internal communications, events, and stewardship teams, to maximize marketing impact and campaign exposure. The position is external facing, and will be responsible for presentations, communications, and representing the University at the highest level.

  • Partners with the SVP and AVP/COS to manage the volunteer structure for the campaign. Manages and coordinates the activities of select campaign volunteer committees, task forces, and working groups. Oversees a coordinated volunteer recruitment process and timeline.

  • Supporting the Office of the SVP the Executive Director will serve as a key partner to the AVP/COS in helping to manage the campaign and other special advancement initiatives and strategic goals. Oversee special executive-level projects and independently execute special strategic projects, research, and assignments.

  • Ensure university-wide policies and procedures regarding gifts, and naming opportunities align with comprehensive campaign practices. Establishes and implements standards of accountability to measure progress against dollar and activity goals.

  • Other duties as assigned and management and oversight of support staff Supervision of staff with day-to-day operations, performance management, strategic priorities, and goals of team. Travel will be a component of this position.

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required

  • Advanced Degree preferred


  • 10 years of progressively responsible development experience with demonstrable success in the fundraising and advancement field preferably in a complex academic environment, including but not limited to business or a comparable school or unit or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Demonstrated success in developing and managing programs in a performance-based culture, with an in-depth understanding of advancement and development programs. Knowledge of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques.

  • Superior strategic skills with a strong grasp of best practices and a holistic understanding of all aspects of advancement including campaign management. Substantial experience assessing and significantly growing and building programs.

  • Project management experience and demonstrated ability to lead and progress groups and projects toward stated goals; preferably within fundraising or volunteer management areas.

  • Must possess strong critical thinking and analytical skills, superior verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to articulate and present complex information to various and diverse audiences in a way that is easily understood.

  • Flexible, collaborative, and proactive team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical initiatives and anticipate and rapidly adapt to changes in priorities.

  • Proven success in building productive, long-term relationships with senior university administrators, faculty, staff, volunteers, and boards. Evidence of building effective, productive relationships with deans and other academic leaders

  • Mission-driven and identifies with the values, principles, and goals of the University of Rochester. Personal integrity and work ethic, and possesses a high degree of emotional intelligence, diplomacy, and self-awareness;

  • Superior interpersonal skills and the ability to connect with a variety of audiences and clear and effective written and oral communication. The experience, maturity, and inclination to be an effective representative of the University of Rochester.

  • Experience working in and building collaborative relationships across an organization that serves internal and external constituents, often with shared responsibility for advancement and donor cultivation and stewardship. Seek input from and serve as a resource to others. Persuasive, persistent, and determined to achieve goals.

  • Solid leadership skills, with evidence of leading by example; a proven ability to establish a team- and goal-oriented culture that empowers staff through active communication and delegation and that instills confidence, promotes diversity of thought, brings out the best in staff, and celebrates achievement. A strong commitment to personal and professional development.

  • An understanding of the importance of and demonstrated success in fostering and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion among colleagues, and staff.

  • Collaborative and collegial; eager and able to engage a diverse audience and build strong professional relationships. A convener who can synthesize many ideas and offer strategies and solutions that address a wide variety of goals and objectives.

  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.

  • A desire to deeply engage in the university and local community. The ideal candidate will reflect and embrace the University of Rochester’s emphasis on academic excellence and commitment to its role in enriching the City of Rochester.

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Location: Central Administration
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Opening: Full Time 40 hours Grade 058 Ofc Sr Vice Pres Advancement
Schedule: 8 AM-5 PM; SOME WKNDS/HOLS