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St. John's University

Location: JamaicaNY 11439 Document ID: AC454-0IRB Posted on: 2019-09-2009/20/2019 Job Type: Full-time

Job Schedule:Full-time

Development Officer for Reunions

St. John's established in 1870, has three New York City campuses; a graduate center in Hauppauge, NY; international locations in Rome, Italy; Limerick, Ireland; and Paris, France; and study abroad locations around the world. The Princeton Review and other top rankings consistently recognize the University's outstanding academics, diverse student body, dynamic internship and volunteer opportunities, focus on student life, and diverse study abroad offerings. St. John's University offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations.

A dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion is at the heart of our mission. As a Catholic and Vincentian university, St. John's is committed to institutionalizing practices of inclusive excellence to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the intrinsic worth of all members of our community. We will become an even stronger university as we enhance equity at every level of our institution. As noted in our Vision Statement, our graduates will excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving world.

Development Officer, School of Law

Supervisor: Associate Dean for Development, Alumni Relations & Strategy

Summary: The Development Officer for Reunions creates and leads a comprehensive annual fundraising effort for all Reunion Classes at the Law School


  • Design and lead a reunion fundraising program based on best practices from other law schools;
  • Identify, meet with and enlist reunion volunteers from professional (Trial Ad, In-House Counsel, Entertainment, Arts and IP, and ethnic affinity groups (LALSA, BLSA etc.);
  • Solicit each reunion volunteer for their reunion pledge in the $5,000 to $25,000 range; coordinate larger solicitations with Associate Dean;
  • Manage all aspects of the reunion peer-to-peer fundraising effort including training volunteers as to the needs of the school; sending out class list, identifying classmates with the most giving potential; making sure calls are made, and sending follow up notices;
  • In conjunction with the Associate Dean, set each class's fundraising goal (total dollars raised and class participation) and implement a plan to meet the goal each year.
  • Increase alumni giving 1 to 2 percentage points every year
  • Assist with identifying 5 to 10 new major gift donors annually
  • Target diverse alumni to increase attendance and participation in reunion activities.
  • Over time, create a vibrant culture of philanthropy so that recent graduates look forward to their 1 and 5 year reunions, and so on.
  • Take advantage of reunion outreach effort to also enlist volunteers to help recruit students (admitted student days, one-off emails and phone calls), mentor current students and hire students.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree required; J.D. preferred
  • One to three years of experience in fundraising or a related field
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Comfortable liaising with a variety of constituencies in face-to-face meetings and on the phone
  • Comfortable with technology; proficiency in Excel required
  • Discretion and tact in handling confidential information
  • Team-oriented work style and excellent judgment
  • Comfortable with change
  • Experience planning events is preferred
  • Comfortable asking people for money
  • Must be available to work nights and weekends when needed and travel in and around the metro-NYC area

St. John's offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John's performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events.

Any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John's University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education.

St. John's University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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