Director, Donor Relations and Communications

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Troy, NY (30+ days ago)4.1


Rensselaer seeks a highly accomplished leader for the position of Director, Donor Relations and Communications to join a team of more than 75 professionals who specialize in major and principal gifts, alumni relations, communications, donor relations and advancement strategies, services and campaign operations. See below for position details.

Minimum Qualifications
  • A bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, marketing or related discipline.
  • A minimum of five (5) years experience in fundraising or constituent relations with an educational institute or non-profit organization.
Preferred Qualifications
Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills and attention to details.
  • Ability to work in fast paced, upbeat, and ever-changing environment.
  • Proven experience in producing marketing pieces.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
  • Technical/scientific writing experiences a plus.
  • Ability and experience in supervising staff and leading a major program.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Job Posted Date
In order to receive full consideration you must apply by
Job Close Date
New/Replacement Position Replacement
Other Position Requirements
Works in normal office conditions with frequent internal and external meetings. Must be prepared to travel nationally and internationally. The work is fast-paced and stressful. May be subject to irregular hours.

Additional Information
Rensselaer serves as a crossroads for collaboration—working with partners across disciplines, sectors, and geographic regions—to address complex global challenges, using the most advanced tools and technologies.
  • Princeton Review
About Rensselaer

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the nation’s oldest private technological research university and consistently ranks among the top 50 U.S. universities for academics and is among the top 50 worldwide for technology.

With 7,500 students and nearly 100,000 living alumni, Rensselaer is addressing the global challenges facing the 21st century—to change lives, to advance society, and to change the world. Rensselaer offers 59 bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees from five schools: Architecture, Engineering, Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Management, and Science. The student-faculty ratio is 13:1. Sixty-one percent of full-time students receive need-based financial aid and the average grant or scholarship is $33,119.

Rensselaer faculty includes members of the National Academies, 176 Fellows of professional societies, and 63 NSF Career Award Recipients. Rensselaer offers more than 145 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

Led by President Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D. and driven by a talented, dedicated, and forward-thinking faculty, Rensselaer has dramatically expanded its research enterprise by leveraging existing strengths and focusing on five signature research areas: biotechnology and the life sciences; energy and the environment; computational science and engineering; nanotechnology and advanced materials, and media, arts, science, and technology.

“Transformative: Campaign for Global Change”

As Rensselaer approaches its bicentennial, planning for the Institute’s third century is underway. The Rensselaer Plan 2024 outlines the goals that will define the next chapter and serve as the core pillars of the pending comprehensive campaign.

The Rensselaer Plan 2024 sets forth an ambitious goal to raise more than
$1 billion focused on support for a student aid endowment and 100 new endowed chairs. The campaign will also identify funds for state-of-the art academic and athletic facilities. The successful conclusion of this comprehensive campaign will position Rensselaer as a world-class technological research institute with global reach and impact by 2024 coinciding with the Institute’s 200th anniversary.

President Jackson has announced that the Institute has already raised $400,000,000 toward the goal through the support of alumni/ae, corporations, and foundations.

Fundraising and Financial Overview

The $1 billion comprehensive campaign will raise funds for three key initiatives:

Creating Access and Enhancing the Student Experience
Bridging the Gap: Building the Student Aid Endowment
Creating Pedagogical Innovations

Attracting Top Talent and Empowering World-Changing Research
Faculty 500: Creating New Endowed Chairs

Modernizing and Equipping the Campus for its Third Century
Building State-of-the-Art Academic and Athletic Facilities

The institute raises over $55,000,000 annually with a goal to raise $70,000,000 – $80,000,000, and ultimately $100,000,000 annually.

Director, Donor Relations and Communications

The Director, Donor Relations and Communications develops, implements and leads a successful and integrated donor relations program that strategically targets all levels of giving and ensures donors are acknowledged and recognized to strengthen their financial support for the University.