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RISD is one of the oldest and most prestigious colleges of art and design in the U.S., with an accomplished faculty of artists, designers, and scholars and a renowned studio-based approach to learning. Its mission, through its college and museum, is to educate its students and the public in the creation and appreciation of works of art and design, to discover and transmit knowledge and to make lasting contributions to a global society through critical thinking, scholarship and innovation. Each year, approximately 2,400 students from around the world pursue a creative, studio-based education at RISD, which offers rigorous bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in 19 architecture, design, fine arts and art education majors.
The Director must have significant fundraising experience within a higher education institution, preferably one with broad based programs in fine arts and humanities. S/he will have an established track record of closing significant major and planned gifts; an in-depth knowledge of planned giving vehicles; and significant experience in the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts from a variety of constituencies. The successful candidate will have the ability to motivate staff, maintain best practices, engage participation from all levels, and generate commitment to the mission and initiatives of RISD.
Reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Engagement and managing six professionals, s/he will be an integral part of the Office of Institutional Engagement, focused on increasing, diversifying, and sustaining philanthropic support from individuals. The successful candidate will identify and maintain a select portfolio of top major gift prospects, creating a personal operating plan and designing cultivation, solicitation, closure, and stewardship strategies. The Director will also collaborate with the President, Trustees, Provost, Deans, faculty, key leadership, and staff, engendering their confidence and trust.
RISD has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC (FPS) to assist with this recruitment. Please send confidential inquiries and applications directly to FPS via e-mail: RISD-Director@glfreeman.com.
To be fully considered, applications must include: an up-to-date resume and a formal letter of interest that specifically cites the experiences that best prepare the applicant for this role and why this particular opportunity is desired. Additional materials and information will be requested during the search and interview process.
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