Donor Engagement Specialist - Fashion Institute of Technology in New York New York

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Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, New York 10001

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), an internationally renowned college of art and design, business and technology of the State University of New York, invites applications and nominations for the position of Donor Engagement Specialist

JOB DESCRIPTION: Reporting to the Manager of Foundation Operations, the Donor Engagement Specialist directs the design, development and implementation of a comprehensive and integrated stewardship and donor relations program that fosters a culture of appreciation, recognition, accountability and ongoing engagement of FIT’s donors, thereby strengthening philanthropic support of the institution.

Works closely with foundation staff, deans/department heads, and key administrators to provide to FIT's stakeholders regular and accurate stewardship reports on the use and impact of their gifts and the status of their endowments, as applicable.

Serves as an advisor to fundraisers and will partner with gift officers to develop individualized stewardship plans for high-level donors as well as effective university-wide stewardship activities.

Evaluates and coordinates revisions to the existing donor acknowledgment process to ensure appropriate, consistent and equitable acknowledgment of gifts at all levels.

In collaboration with the Controller's Office creates and leads a process of ongoing monitoring of gift usage to ensure compliance with donor intentions.

Creates standards and protocols for: stewardship and donor relations activities; stewardship planning for major gift donors; student and faculty involvement in stewarding scholarship and named chair/professor donors; recognition materials and events; and giving societies.

Develops, recommends, and implements metrics for assessing the effectiveness of stewardship
activities and events.

Performs related responsibilities as required.


A bachelor's degree and five years of progressively
responsible related experience, preferably in a development-related role in higher education.
Strong leadership qualities, including the ability to manage, delegate and execute. Extensive
knowledge of principles and techniques around major gift fundraising and gift stewardship,
including gift use compliance issues. Ability to effectively manage multiple projects, meet
deadlines and build consensus among colleagues with diverse points of view. Excellent
communication skills, both verbal and written. Ability, desire and willingness to work
collaboratively in a team-based environment with internal and external constituencies.
Proficiency with fundraising databases. A grand sense of humor.


35 hrs/wk; Monday – Friday

Schedule subject to change based on the needs of the department

Salary: Commensurate with experience

This is a Non-bargaining position


For consideration, please submit the following documents online
* Resume
* Cover letter
* A list of three professional references with telephone numbers and email addresses

For more information about FIT, please visit FIT's website at: Returning Applicants - Login to your FITNYC Careers Account to check your completed application.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact each applicant individually regarding his or her application status.

Keyword Phrases

  • Donor Engagement Specialist
  • Fit Foundation
  • Fashion - oriented
  • Large City
  • Embrace Diversity
  • Development and Fund Raising
  • Alumni Associations and Services
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Analyst / Staff
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter