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About Rensselaer

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the nation’s oldest private technological research university and consistently ranks among the top 50 U.S. universities for academics and is among the top 50 worldwide for technology.

With 7,500 students and nearly 100,000 living alumni, Rensselaer is addressing the global challenges facing the 21st century—to change lives, to advance society, and to change the world. Rensselaer offers 59 bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees from five schools: Architecture, Engineering, Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Management, and Science. The student-faculty ratio is 13:1. Sixty-one percent of full-time students receive need-based financial aid and the average grant or scholarship is $33,119.

Rensselaer faculty includes members of the National Academies, 176 Fellows of professional societies, and 63 NSF Career Award Recipients. Rensselaer offers more than 145 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

Led by President Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D. and driven by a talented, dedicated, and forward-thinking faculty, Rensselaer has dramatically expanded its research enterprise by leveraging existing strengths and focusing on five signature research areas: biotechnology and the life sciences; energy and the environment; computational science and engineering; nanotechnology and advanced materials, and media, arts, science, and technology.

“Transformative: Campaign for Global Change”

As Rensselaer approaches its bicentennial, planning for the Institute’s third century is underway. The Rensselaer Plan 2024 outlines the goals that will define the next chapter and serve as the core pillars of the pending comprehensive campaign.

The Rensselaer Plan 2024 sets forth an ambitious goal to raise more than $1 billion focused on support for a student aid endowment and 100 new endowed chairs. The campaign will also identify funds for state-of-the art academic and athletic facilities. The successful conclusion of this comprehensive campaign will position Rensselaer as a world-class technological research institute with global reach and impact by 2024 coinciding with the Institute’s 200th anniversary.

President Jackson has announced that the Institute has already raised $400,000,000 toward the goal through the support of alumni/ae, corporations, and foundations.

Fundraising and Financial Overview

The $1 billion comprehensive campaign will raise funds for three key initiatives:

Creating Access and Enhancing the Student Experience

Bridging the Gap: Building the Student Aid Endowment
Creating Pedagogical Innovations

Attracting Top Talent and Empowering World-Changing Research

Faculty 500: Creating New Endowed Chairs

Modernizing and Equipping the Campus for its Third Century

Building State-of-the-Art Academic and Athletic Facilities

The institute raises over $55,000,000 annually with a goal to raise $70,000,000 – $80,000,000, and ultimately $100,000,000 annually.

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Associate Vice President (AVP) for Development and Fundraising

The Associate Vice President (AVP) for Development and Fundraising reports to the Vice President for Institute Advancement and will be responsible for leading all fundraising staff to achieve annual cash and overall commitment goals as stated in the Campaign and Institute Advancement (IA) Performance Plans.

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Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Alumni Relations, Annual Giving and Events

The Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations is responsible for creating, building and sustaining programs that effectively engage alumni in the day to day life of Rensselaer. He/she accomplishes this through identifying, developing and building programs that keep alumni informed and aware of Rensselaer’s relevance to alumni personally and professionally.

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Director of Individual, Major and Principal Giving

The Director of Individual, Major and Principal Giving reports to the Associate Vice President for Development and Fundraising and is responsible for leading principal and major gift staff to maximize philanthropy from donors capable of $100,000 gifts and above to support Rensselaer’s highest priorities.

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Director, Donor Relations and Communications

The Director, Donor Relations and Communications develops, implements and leads a successful and integrated donor relations program that strategically targets all levels of giving and ensures donors are acknowledged and recognized to strengthen their financial support for the University.

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Director of Analytics, Prospect Research and Management

The Director of Analytics, Prospect Research and Management is responsible for overseeing key “knowledge management” functions of Rensselaer’s Institute Advancement (IA) division in support of the organization’s fundraising and constituent relations goals: business requirements development and documentation; business information management and analysis; and fundraising, constituent management and adjunct systems support.

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Senior Advancement Officer, Principal Gifts

The Senior Advancement Officer, Principal Gifts is responsible for cultivating, soliciting and stewarding a portfolio of prospects capable of making gifts of $2.5M or greater. The Sr. Advancement Officer will work closely with the Vice President and Institute Leadership, as appropriate. The Sr. Advancement Officer will work with a Principal Gifts Strategy Team to develop and implement strategies to close gift commitments of $2.5M and above.

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Advancement Officer, Principal Gifts

The Advancement Officer, Principal Gifts is responsible for cultivating and soliciting prospects capable of making gifts to Rensselaer of $100,000 and greater. The Advancement Officer will work in an assigned region and support campus leaders to develop and implement strategies to close gift commitments.

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Senior Advancement Officer, Major Gifts

The Senior Advancement Officer, Major Gifts is responsible for cultivating and soliciting 150-200 prospects capable of making gifts to Rensselaer of $100,000 to $2.5M. The Senior Advancement Officer will work in an assigned region and support a group of campus leaders to develop and implement strategies to close gift commitments.

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Advancement Officer, Major Gifts

The Advancement Officer, Major Gifts is responsible for cultivating and soliciting 150-200 prospects capable of making gifts to Rensselaer of $100,000 – $2.5M. The Advancement Officer will work in an assigned region and support campus leaders to develop and implement strategies to close gift commitments.

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