Job Opportunities in Development and Alumni Relations

Explore our current job opening in Development and Alumni Relations spanning multiple departments, from fundraising to alumni relations to communications. This listing will be updated weekly, so check back often.

Director of Development (NE)

With two positions available, and responsible for planning and implementing an integrated approach to development that maximizes philanthropic support with all donor constituencies in a geographic region of the US, specifically the northeast or the southeast, the Director of Development reports to the Executive Director of Development for the regional major gift program. This position has overall responsibility for the major gift fundraising efforts within the region. Specific responsibilities include the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major donor prospects capable of gifts at the $100K to $4.9M level. The role will require extensive travel and will involve building a strategic plan for the region, integrating cultivation of prospects by the President, Provost, Deans and other high-level partners. The Director of Development is also responsible for developing and executing the fundraising strategy for his/her own portfolio.

Staff Assistant (Alumni Relations) (3346)

The Staff Assistant (Alumni Relations) provides overall administrative support for a group of alumni relations professionals at Rice University. Typical duties include managing calendars, collecting data and producing periodic reports, assisting with data entry, arranging for travel and business meetings and managing expense reports. The ideal candidate is comfortable working in a fast-paced environment managing multiple tasks and providing office administration support for multiple professionals and should have demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills as well as attention to detail, especially regarding data management.

Gift Planning Specialist (3350)

The Gift Planning Specialist is responsible for the administrative operations of the Gift Planning team in the Development and Alumni Relations Division. Typical duties include, but are not limited to: managing the day-to-day functions of the Gift Planning team; donor communication; producing reports and managing data within OwlConnect, Rice University’s advancement system; managing multiple individual travel and program expenses and budgets; setting up meetings and managing multiple directors’ calendars; overseeing gift processing for the entire team; and acting as operations liaison for the team with other teams in Development and Alumni Relations, including the events, gift processing, and marketing/communications teams. The ideal candidate must be extremely organized, detail oriented and able to manage multiple concurrent projects in a fast-paced environment, and should also have demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills and attention to detail.

Staff Assistant (Corporate and Foundation Relations)

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (OCFR) manages all corporate and foundation partnerships on behalf of Rice University, directing strategy for stewarding and expanding existing partnerships while identifying and pursuing new opportunities. The staff assistant works with the department coordinators to provide overall administrative support for the team. The ideal candidate is a detail-oriented self-starter, who is tech savvy, comfortable talking to people, and able to function independently in a fast-paced work environment.

Director of Development - Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

Reporting to the Executive Director of Development (Schools), with dotted-line reporting to the Dean of Undergraduates and the Dean of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies, the Director of Development – Undergraduate and Graduate Programs will plan, organize, and manage the development of complex major gift support for each of the Deans, as well as their constituent departments and centers. Specific responsibilities include helping identify, develop, and promote fundraising priorities that complement each Dean’s strategic plan, as well as identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major donor prospects capable of gifts at the $100K to $4.9M level. All activities are coordinated closely with the appropriate manager in the Development and Alumni Relations Division. In conducting the work, this person will apply knowledge and understanding of Rice University, including its traditions, programs, campus issues, needs, and priorities. The Director of Development – Undergraduate and Graduate Programs will need to grow the graduate prospect portfolio while still maintaining and growing prospects for undergraduate programs, with a goal to manage a combined portfolio of 80-100 prospects with a capacity of $100,000.

Assistant Director, Alumni Programs (Students and Recent Alumni)

Reporting to the Director, Alumni Programs, the responsibilities of the Assistant Director, Alumni Programs (Student and Recent Alumni) include developing and delivering programs and resources that strengthen and support student and recent alumni engagement. The Assistant Director will create long-term engagement strategies and integrate these constituencies (current students and recent alumni) within the larger cohort of alumni relations and fundraising efforts via creating comprehensive programming and communication expressly focused on this audience. This role will manage and cultivate alumni volunteers and will serve as a liaison with campus partners and student leadership.

Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts

The Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts is a senior leadership position charged with the strategic development of Principal Gifts programs across Rice University. Reporting to the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, Stephen Bayer, the Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts provides strategic leadership for the University’s ambitious fundraising goals. The Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts will collaborate with University leadership on crafting a strategy and execution plan to significantly increase annual fundraising. The incoming Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts is joining at an exciting moment in the University’s history with a new President, a highly committed Board, talented and passionate Deans, and a desire from the Rice community to grow and diversify charitable support to underpin critical initiatives.

Principal Gifts Specialist

The Principal Gifts team of the Development and Alumni Relations division engages Rice University’s most passionate donors who have the capacity to make a transformative impact on its mission. Working closely with the President and the Academic Executive Leadership team, the Principal Gifts team fosters close relationships with new and established high-net-worth individuals as well as oversees the coordinated engagement strategies to secure eight and nine-figure gifts in support of the University’s highest priorities. The team also supports the strategic engagement of Rice University’s most powerful advocates serving on its Board of Trustees and related working committees. 

Development Writer

Reporting to the Associate Director, Communications, the Development Writer works collaboratively with a team of writers, designers, communications professionals and fundraising staff to develop persuasive case prospectuses and proposals, craft presidential correspondence, interview stakeholders and donors, write compelling stories and marketing content and complete other communication projects as time allows. Finally, the Development Writer serves as a point person for creative decisions on select assignments, which may include leading brainstorming sessions with division partners, pitching concepts, organizing planning sessions and working collaboratively on strategy and goals.