University of Rochester Asst Dir of Student Life and Learning in Rochester, New York


Full Time 40 hours Grade 055 Ofc Sr Vice Pres Advancement




General Purpose:

The Assistant Director of Student Life and Learning will develop a thorough knowledge of the University’s specialty organizations, communities, and areas including but not limited to Student Activities, Religious and Spiritual Life including Hillel and the Catholic Newman Community, and any opportunities for experiential learning in programs and student support opportunities. The Assistant Director will play a key role in fundraising for these areas and will report regularly on annual fund and major gift activity.

The Assistant Director will manage a robust portfolio of high level annual fund and major gift prospects. Extensive travel is required to appropriately cultivate, solicit, and steward these prospects. S/he will carry a portfolio of approximately 125 prospects and will devote three-quarters of time as a gift office, with the remaining quarter focused on programmatic aspects of advancement for the assigned areas.

The Assistant Director will also make appropriate recommendations to the Associate Director of Athletics and Student Life and the corresponding leadership positions concerning their roles and involvement in the identification, cultivation, or solicitation of donor prospects. S/he will staff key faculty and staff members in donor relations opportunities.


With executive guidance and policy:

Maintain a portfolio of major gift prospects and oversee activities of the assigned areas, working in close collaboration with major leadership and principal gift officers in cases where the areas are involved.

  • Effectively manage a major prospect solicitation pipeline. Initial work will likely involve a high number of identification and qualification visits.
  • Initiate and/or strengthen relationships with major and special gift prospects while collaborating with Advancement staff and University leadership. Execute actions within the assigned areas to advance major gifts prospects managed by others within Advancement in collaboration with those managers.
  • Create strategies and solicitations for donors.

Develop specific expertise on assigned areas and serve as liaison from advancement to the staff in those areas.

Plan, manage, and execute special events, and oversee the work of support staff involved.

Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree with at least four years development experience, including experience soliciting gifts or closely-related experience and clear evidence of a thoughtful decision to move into development work. Comparable experience will be considered.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Job Title: Asst Dir of Student Life and Learning

Location: Central Administration

Job ID: 202727

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time