Vice President, Development & Alumni Affairs

Posted On: April 3, 2017

Hours: Full Time


The Vice President, Development & Alumni Affairs is responsible for developing and implementing all fundraising strategies for capital, annual, and planned giving; providing overall guidance, and direction to the College's alumni relations programs and partnerships; and providing leadership and guidance to the development team. This position is a member of the President’s Cabinet.



* Leads all aspects of the development program, including planned giving, special

campaigns, prospect research, corporate and foundation donor programs, major

donor clubs, special events, stewardship and donor relations to support capital

needs, annual operations, student scholarship and research initiatives. 

* Develops overall development strategy working with the President to establish

goals to meet institutional objectives. 

* Manages development team to execute tactics to meet objectives. Provides

leadership, coaching and mentorship to development staff. 

* Understands Cooper’s unique culture and history and incorporate them into

development campaigns and other fundraising efforts.


* Diversifies and strengthens the institution's donor base/pipeline; and works

intensively to build a culture of philanthropy in the community.

* Manages portfolio of major and principal gift prospects. Identifies, cultivates and

solicits gifts from major donors including, foundations, corporations, and other

private funding sources. Embraces opportunities for collaboration with subject

matter experts in order to identify and cultivate new transformational donors.

* Leads Capital Campaigns including campaign mission and strategy for giving;

creating pipeline and campaign communication; driving to meet established goals within timelines defined by Campaign leadership. 

* Responsible for fundraising around public programs, civic leadership and Great Hall programming. 


* Serves as liaison with the committees of the Board of Trustees as assigned by the President.

* Cultivates relationships with current board members to create opportunities for gifts from board members and their contacts.

* Recommends and cultivates new board members who can provide opportunities for giving.

* With the direction of the President, supervises and actively engages with alumni for support and partnership. 


* Ten to fifteen years of experience in advancement with at least three years in a

senior development and fundraising positions preferably at an institution of

higher education.

* Demonstrated senior leadership experience with strategic and budget planning

in a complex organization, with the ability to define a vision, set goals and

strengthen the institution's culture of philanthropy.

* Experience fundraising during organizational change and transformation as an

opportunity for renewed funding.

* Experience fundraising for civic and/or public programs.

* Demonstrated ability to maintain and foster productive relationships with

internal and external stakeholders.

* Demonstrated ability to raise and secure funds from a variety of sources.

* Demonstrated ability to coordinate, attract, and close major gift funding support

for a university or large non-profit organization.

* Demonstrated knowledge of and successful experience in planned giving, donor

cultivation, and solicitation.

* Experience cultivating and closing seven figure gifts from individual and/or family


* Experience leading a Capital Campaign.

* Ability to analyze and synthesize data into effective strategies - ability to plan,

organize, and evaluate programs and activities and make recommendations for


* Experience in budget preparation, fiscal management and personnel supervision.

* Comprehensive understanding of the use of management information systems in fundraising.

* Ability to work with trustees, alumni, volunteers, and college administrators.

* Capability to build a team; ability to motivate.

* Ease in meeting and conversing with a wide range of people in varying social and business situations.

* Commitment to the College's mission, vision and values including a commitment to diversity.

* Position requires frequent travel as well as evening and weekend work.

* Demonstrated success in organizing and managing professional staff.

* Excellent oral and written skills.

* Strong organizational skills.


Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s degree highly preferred

This is a non-union position.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Submit resume and cover letter to:
Human Resources
30 Cooper Square, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Or email to:

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.