Director, Parent and International Philanthropy

  • Emerson College
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Mar 27, 2022
Full time Alumni Relations Development/Advancement/Fundraising

Job Description


Director, Parent and International Philanthropy
March 2022 | Boston, MA

About Emerson College

Founded by Charles Wesley Emerson as a school of oratory in 1880, Emerson College prides itself for being the only higher learning institute in the United States to exclusively focus on the studies of communication and the arts. Over the years, the institution has evolved from a small New England school to a multifaceted college with campuses in Boston, Los Angeles, and the Netherlands as well as global degree programs in Boston, Paris, and Lugano, Switzerland.

As an institution of academic excellence, Emerson's prestigious faculty and staff prepare their students to be innovative and thoughtful leaders in their respective fields and positive contributors in all aspects of society. The College Factual recently ranked Emerson College as having the top journalism and communications program in the country; Emerson is also ranked number eight in U.S. News & World Report's 2022 Best Regional Universities in the North. According to U.S. News & World Report, Emerson is among the top 30 colleges and universities most LGBTQ-friendly and within the top 50 of greenest schools in the nation.

While Emerson remains committed to its historic mission as a specialized academic institution, its curriculum reflects the emergence of interdisciplinary study and affirms new direction and innovation in the fields of the arts, communications, and the liberal arts. Located in the heart of Boston, Emerson is internationally recognized in its fields of specialization, which include communication studies; marketing communication; journalism; communication sciences and disorders; visual and media arts; the performing arts; and writing, literature, and publishing.

Emerson is home to 3,800 undergraduate students and over 700 graduate students representing 50 states and more than 55 countries. Emerson's 503 full-time and part-time faculty members teach 26 undergraduate majors and 41 minors in the communication and arts discipline and 18 graduate programs offered in flexible formats.

About Community Engagement and Study Abroad

Emerson is grounded in real-world, hands-on action, providing their students with opportunities for civic engagement throughout the US and by promoting global citizenship and education abroad.

Internationalization is at the core of Emerson's ethos. Under the leadership of Dr. Tony Tiber, inaugural Vice Provost for Internationalization & Equity, Emerson has furthered its commitment to equity, diversity, and social justice and prioritized a learning environment which cultivates future leaders in a global context. These efforts are reflective of Emerson's student body, faculty, and staff and intentional curriculum development across schools. Emerson has three campuses across the world – Boston, Los Angeles, the Netherlands and through global portal programs students are also able to pursue hybrid degrees in various studies which combine their course work in Boston and accredited institutions abroad. Dr. Tiber has also established a global portal program for short-term faculty-led programs across the world. These opportunities, as well as supporting incoming international students to the US-campuses, allow Emerson students to develop intercultural competencies and international perspectives in their curricular and co-curricular college experiences.

Recently, Emerson established three, current use funds to help break down barriers for their students. They include: an emergency assistance fund for students facing high need; a fund that helps defray the cost of study abroad for domestic students and one that directly supports the needs of international students.

About Philanthropy at Emerson

Under John M. Malcolm's leadership, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Emerson College's fundraising and development have reached new heights. 2021 marked the most successful year of fundraising in the college's history, allowing Emerson to pave the way for future success. Emerson is gearing up for their first-ever campaign which will be led by the college's esteemed leadership and in concert with the Emerson Board of Trustees. With illustrious alumni that include talk show host Jay Leno '73, actors Henry Winkler '67 and Denis Leary '79, television producers Norman Lear '44 (All in the Family), Vin Di Bona '66 (America's Funniest Home Videos), and Kevin Bright '76 (Friends), and entrepreneur and makeup artist Bobbi Brown '79, among many others, this unprecedented campaign will tap into a vast and powerful donor base and allow Emerson to further their investment in the college community.

John Malcolm came to Emerson from Partners in Health, where he served as Chief Development Officer, successfully leading the organization's individual giving operation, corporate and foundation partnerships, public sector partnerships, and donor services. Prior to his work at Partners In Health, John was the Vice President of College Relations at Williams College, where he worked with the President to lead the College's $700 million campaign, collaborating to secure the largest gift in Williams' history and bringing the overall alumni campaign participation rate to 75 percent. John's previous career experience in higher education includes development leadership roles at Swarthmore College and Bucknell University.

About the Director, Parent, and International Philanthropy

Reporting directly to Vice President for Institutional Advancement, John Malcom, along with a dotted line to the Vice Provost for Internationalization & Equity, Dr. Anthony Pinder, the new Director will be responsible for continuing to increase leadership and major gift level support from parents as well as a build a base of international donors and prospects. This person will develop, plan, and implement programs to encourage and increase parent giving as well as enhance parent relations.

Additionally, this person will also be the key liaison to international major gift prospects who are often Emerson's parents or family members. The Director will be responsible for soliciting gifts both independently or in collaboration with Emerson College faculty, staff and leadership and play a key role on the Institutional Advancement team.

Key Responsibilities

Work closely with the Vice President of Institutional Advancement as well as the Vice Provost for Internationalization & Equity and other advancement leaders to maintain and grow a successful parent and international giving program

Collaborate with college wide development officers to develop and implement sustaining and major gift fundraising strategies for parent and international prospects
Develop and implement individualized donor strategies for cultivation and solicitation
Use sophisticated prospect research techniques to help grow the market
Ensure that donors are well-informed, acknowledged in meaningful ways, and appreciated in an appropriate manner throughout the year
Along with leadership, participate in the strategic planning and prospecting to lay the groundwork for Emerson's first ever campaign
Draft and edit proposals, reports, and briefings as appropriate
Travel as needed, including internationally, with the president, the Vice Provost for Internationalization & Equity, the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, deans, chairs, and faculty to meet with donors and prospects

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Key Qualifications

5-7+ years of professional development experience with increasing responsibility, including direct experience and proven results soliciting gifts from parents and/or international prospects

Success in the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of five and six figure major gift donors

Comfort with the parent giving cycle and ask, which can often be within a small window

Success managing and prioritizing all tasks associated with donor development work, including writing successful and compelling proposals and making in-person gift solicitations

Track record of identifying and engaging parents

Experience working in close partnership with faculty and senior leaders to collaboratively achieve fundraising goals

Proven ability to use metrics to drive development decisions and achieve strategic objectives

Knowledge of development best practices and the ability to apply them in innovative ways

Demonstrated track record of success in a fast-paced, complex organizational structure

Enterprising professional with a keen sense of diplomacy

Keen negotiation skills and maturity to navigate complex relationships

Intercultural and international experience and/or foreign language proficiency is preferred

Passion for the Emerson mission and ability to effectively serve as an ambassador for the College

Application Details

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you are interested in being considered for this upcoming search, please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to the email below. Include the title of the position in the subject line of the cover letter and email.

Jesse Bryan
Senior Consultant
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