Rhode Island School of Design (RISD or the College) seeks a talented and experienced development professional to oversee its comprehensive fundraising programs. RISD’s office of Institutional Engagement is setting a high bar under the leadership and vision of O’Neil Outar, VP of Institutional Engagement. If you’re looking to join a cohesive and talented team dedicated to being the best, we are interested in hearing from you. RISD is located in the Creative Capital, Providence RI and is recognized for being an arts and cultural mecca.
Founded in 1877, RISD has earned an international reputation as a leader in art and design education. It is recognized for its renowned faculty of artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities, and the intensity of its studio-based approach to learning-an approach where critical thinking informs the making of works by hand. Approximately 2,500 students from around the world study at RISD, pursuing full-time bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in 19 fine arts, architecture, or design majors, complemented by essential study in the liberal arts.
The RISD Museum, with the third largest college or university museum collection in the country, is an integral part of the institution and a resource for the College and the larger community. RISD’s mission incorporates artistic and scholarly achievement with social impact, and the institution has played a vital role in preparing students for leadership roles in all sectors, as demonstrated through the outstanding and varied accomplishments of its 27,000 alumni.
The College is located in Providence, Rhode Island, which offers its own vibrant art scene and is conveniently located between two other major cultural centers: Boston and New York. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.
The Executive Director, Campaign Planning and Strategy will provide leadership for RISD’s next campaign by overseeing the planning and implementation of integrated campaign strategies including developing and planning a campaign roadmap; managing the teams responsible for communications, stewardship, events, and campaign volunteer management; and working with internal teams (within Institutional Engagement and across RISD) to ensure coordination of messaging, effort and success against each campaign sub-goal. The Executive Director will manage the overall comprehensive strategy including the process of developing the campaign’s formal identity and theme and will be responsible for all campaign communications including communicating the campaign brand both internally and externally as approved by the Vice President and working with staff to prepare and maintain a campaign website and develop all print materials related to the campaign. The Executive Director will be charged to develop and clearly communicate campaign timelines, establish and monitor goals, and coordinate appropriate events related to the campaign. Monitoring and reporting on progress with the most important prospective donors on campaign priorities as well as fostering relationships with internal and external partners/stakeholders is a priority. Key to this role will be the Executive Director’s ability to establish methods, plans or programs required to meet College development objectives and to build greater alignment, manage the events, communications and stewardship teams to ensure that they are aligned with front-line activities that are delivered with a blend of quality and cost-effectiveness, advance campaign priorities, and are a platform for institutional messaging. Work collaboratively and synergistically with peers on the Institutional Engagement Senior Management Group (SMG) and in partnership with the Deputy Director of Development and External Affairs for the Museum.