Located in historic Troy, New York on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s colorful history spans 193 years and is distinguished by many notable “firsts” and “bests” including ranking as a Top 50 university by US News & World Report, as well as among the Top 100 research institutes worldwide.
Rensselaer offers 59 bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees from five schools: Architecture, Science, Engineering, Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and Management. Rensselaer is notable for:
• A 13:1 student-faculty ratio
• An average SAT score of 1400
• Student retention rate of 93 percent
• Sixty-one percent of full-time students receive need-based financial aid
• An average grant or scholarship is $33,119
• 100,000 living alumni
Due to its outstanding reputation, Rensselaer attracts the best and brightest students from around the world who are pursuing careers in Architecture, Engineering, Science, the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and Management. Applications for admission for Fall 2018 set a new record of over 20,000.
Since 1999, Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson has led an extraordinary transformation of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York and Hartford, Connecticut into a world-class technological research university. Jackson has most recently been honored with 2018 W.E.B. Du Bois Medal. The medal honors those who have made significant contributions to African and African American history and culture, and more broadly, individuals who advocate for intercultural understanding and human rights in an increasingly global and interconnected world.
Today, Rensselaer is poised to begin a third century of working to solve the world’s greatest challenges: a warming climate, an aging population, the consequences of our digital revolution. Achieving this mission requires investment, not only in our students, faculty, initiatives and campus, but in the engine that drives our plan forward—the talented men and women working tirelessly to bring Rensselaer’s giving community together in support of the Rensselaer mission. Learn more about Rensselaer
Transformative: Campaign for Global Change
By joining the Institute Advancement team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, you will become part of the university’s dynamic mission to transform the world in significant ways. The Rensselaer Plan 2024, now in its 7th year, seeks to raise $1 billion for investment in scholarships, academic innovation, endowed faculty, and campus resources. With over $400,000,000 raised thus far, the institute is making strides to “ensure Rensselaer’s place as the ‘transformative’ institution a changing and complex world needs.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.