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Volunteer Leadership Coordinator

RISD is looking for a Volunteer Leadership Coordinator to join its Institutional Advancement Department. We seek a culturally competent candidate who will thrive in a campus environment that is committed to advancing the principles of social equity and inclusion, environmental and climate justice, and equal access to resources and opportunities.
The Volunteer Leadership Coordinator is responsible for coordinating activities and functions for fundraising volunteer committees including but not limited to Families Association Leadership Council (FALC) and RISD Fund Steering Committee (RFSC) as well as academic department advisory councils at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). This position facilitates correspondence and coordinates meetings and events for committees and volunteer groups. It also partners with frontline gift officers to enhance donor relationships and to integrate ambassador work and individual prospect strategies in alignment with and support of annual and long-term fundraising goals for Institutional Advancement (IA). The Volunteer Leadership Coordinator helps strengthen ties between the academic departments, Institutional Advancement and RISD’s generous alumni by serving as a liaison and actively contributes to RISD’s social equity and inclusion goals. 

  • Knowledge of, and interest in staying current in, the principles and techniques relevant to donor-centric major gift fundraising.
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills, high EQ, and superb first-in-class customer service and communications skills.
  • Demonstrated expertise in the use of Microsoft Office, Adobe, CRM/database, and Google Apps (G Suite) and Asana, or similar project management collaboration tools.
  • Proven success in the coordinating and executing projects with multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Superlative diplomatic and communication skills, including an ability to work and communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of constituents (individual donors, alumni, business leaders, public figures, college leadership, faculty and staff), within a broad range of cultural environments.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of divisional and institutional colleagues, within an environment that values diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, priorities and deadlines.
  • Capability to work independently and collaboratively with moderate supervision.
  • Ability to travel regionally as requested.
  • Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of three years of related experience in volunteer management, event management, fundraising, donor relations, communications or a related field. Well-honed writing, editing, research and analytical skills required.

  • Experience in higher education or nonprofit stewardship activities preferred.

RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.