The Executive Director, Campaign Planning and Strategy will provide leadership for RISD’s next campaign by overseeing the planning and implementation of integrated campaign strategies including developing and planning a campaign roadmap; managing the teams responsible for communications, stewardship, events, and campaign volunteer management; and working with internal teams (within Institutional Engagement and across RISD) to ensure coordination of messaging, effort and success against each campaign sub-goal.
The Executive Director will manage the overall comprehensive strategy including the process of developing the campaign’s formal identity and theme and will be responsible for all campaign communications including communicating the campaign brand both internally and externally as approved by the Vice President and working with staff to prepare and maintain a campaign website and develop all print materials related to the campaign. The Executive Director will be charged to develop and clearly communicate campaign timelines, establish and monitor goals, and coordinate appropriate events related to the campaign.
Monitoring and reporting on progress with the most important prospective donors on campaign priorities as well as fostering relationships with internal and external partners/stakeholders is a priority. Key to this role will be the Executive Director’s ability to establish methods, plans or programs required to meet College development objectives and to build greater alignment, manage the events, communications and stewardship teams to ensure that they are aligned with front-line activities that are delivered with a blend of quality and cost-effectiveness, advance campaign priorities, and are a platform for institutional messaging. Work collaboratively and synergistically with peers on the Institutional Engagement Senior Management Group (SMG) and in partnership with the Deputy Director of Development and External Affairs for the Museum.
The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree with a Master’s degreepreferred as well as ten years of progressively responsible and successful development experience with at least five years of front-line fundraising experience. Development experience in higher education preferred. A demonstrated record of leadership, with experience in supervision and management of professional staff. Successful track record of providing strategic direction, leadership, and daily management of comprehensive giving programs.
Experience developing and maintaining strategic, high-level relationships with donors and volunteers. Strong organizational and time management skills. Excellent writing and communications skills including the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of external and internal constituents. Experience working effectively in a fast-paced environment and producing results under deadlines. Experience and willingness to use data-informed decision-making to advance the overall fundraising organization.