Assistant Director of Development

July 7, 2017
SJC Brooklyn
Institutional Advancement

Reports to: Jennifer Fleming Gisler, Sr. Senior Director of Development

St. Joseph’s College New York is an independent, coeducational liberal arts college with campuses in Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island. This position opening is for the Brooklyn Campus. The Brooklyn Campus serves approximately 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students from its urban location in three blocks of the dynamic Clinton Hill neighborhood.

Duties and Goals: The Assistant Director of Development is a member of the College Institutional Advancement team and reports to the Sr. Director of Development. This position will be based in Brooklyn and will help the team to achieve fundraising goals.

Position duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Work with Sr. Director of Development and Long Island Annual Fund Manager to create and execute a strategic plan for a faculty and staff giving program (Brooklyn Campus) including employee engagement, communication and kickoff event.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward leadership level gifts ($1,000-$24,999) from alumni and friends of SJC.
  • Conduct 180 significant moves with alumni and donors per year including 8 face to face visits per month.
  • Prepare and submit 30 leadership level gift proposals, with an expected close rate of 50%.
  • Responsible for donor stewardship including stewardship events, donor reports, donor communication and donor recognition.
  • Document progress and track monthly goals through Raiser’s Edge.
  • Ensure all leadership level and scholarship donors receive annual consistent accounting of their impact of their gift to St. Joseph’s College.
  • Establish a year-round student giving campaign by recruiting student volunteers, creating a communications plan, participate in student driven events, and train student leaders for peer-to-peer solicitations.
  • Work with the Office of Student Life to define class goals and identify class projects to support.
  • Work with the Alumni and Advancement teams to learn and implement best cross-platform practices for donor acquisition and retention, volunteer recruitment, and leveraging cross-campus opportunities for alumni engagement.
  • Stay aware of projects, high-level initiatives and emerging issues and trends with development staff members in other institutions of higher education, implementing ideas where improvements can be made.
  • Utilize the Office of Institutional Advancement’s database and research team for tracking donors and potential donors, regularly checking for potential donor prospects. Ensure contact information is properly documented, along with notes and/or news on donors.
  • Attend Annual Fund, Reunion and Centennial events to encourage giving.
  • Contribute to the overall success of the Office of Institutional Advancement by working on special projects and performing other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Sr. Director of Development.


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum 2 years fundraising experience
  • Demonstrated success in working effectively and positively with volunteers;
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively, to multi-task and work successfully with a high degree of attention to detail and with minimum supervision
  • Successful track record for closing annual and leadership level gifts
  • Evidence of superior interpersonal communications and presentations skills with the ability to represent the College’s mission and interests to a diverse group of people;
  • Special emphasis on demonstration of outstanding writing and editing strength. Ability to listen is essential.
  • Strong attention to detail and strong project management skills;
  • Local and regional travel required;
  • Occasional weekend and evening responsibilities;
  • Professional attitude and appearance.

Deadline: Please email letter of interest and resume to Jennifer Fleming c/o Victoria Irwin at No phone calls, please. Review of cover letters and resumes will begin, immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

St. Joseph's College is an Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/D/V.