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 Senior Executive Director will lead the creation and implementation of a dynamic development program and manage the leadership giving, corporate and foundation and government relations teams. Managing an individual portfolio of 50 prospective donors, the Senior Executive Director will lead a fast-paced, sophisticated and results-oriented development team, empowering staff through active and inclusive communication and accountability for excellence through establishing clearly defined, collaboratively established and measurable goals. They will be charged to actively build institutional capacity for long-term sustainable fundraising through the various areas of giving including corporate, foundation, the RISD Fund, major gifts, principal gifts, and planned giving.
To actively engage the Director of Government Relations to develop and implement a strategy that aligns with institutional priorities and positions RISD as a national thought-leader in art and design education. Work collaboratively and synergistically with peers on the Institutional Engagement Senior Management Group to achieve organizational goals and strategies and work in partnership with the Deputy Director of Development and External Affairs for the Museum.