Brown University — Associate Director, Sports Foundation Operations

Job Description:

In concert with Brown Advancement colleagues, the Associate Director, Sports Foundation Operations oversees the planning and implementation of the Brown Sports Foundation special projects and initiatives that directly impact giving and stewardship. As well, this role manages special projects and initiatives that leverage giving and ensure milestones in the Brown Together campaign are realized.

The Associate Director will serve as an operations specialist focused on the Sports Foundation’s complex structure with over 70 affinity groups spanning varsity and club sports and will develop and implement operational efficiencies and institutional partnerships on behalf of the Sports Foundation and Division of Athletics and Recreation. The position executes an extensive annual stewardship program for the Division of Athletics and Recreation’s donors as part of the $200M(+) BrownTogether athletics campaign goals including annually reporting on 150+ special purpose funds for donors who support the Division of Athletics and Recreation. This role will play a critical role as a liaison to all Brown Advancement Services functions and bodies of work.

The individual will provide operational leadership for all giving days and giving challenges on behalf of the BUSF to support raising over $2M in current-use cash annually for the Division of Athletics and Recreation. The incumbent will implement and manage fundraising volunteer resources, digital platforms and tools, as well as provide strong leadership and oversight for all volunteer training, to enhance a seamless volunteer experience.

Brown University is committed to advancing diversity, inclusion and equity. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Brown University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in a related field, such as annual giving, fundraising, sales, direct marketing, non-profit and/or athletic setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer software programs necessary to perform the job, including but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheet programs, databases, email programs, and web applications.
  • Excellent computer skills including, but not limited to, word-processing, spreadsheet creation and operations; Ability to work across multiple CRM (Content Relationship Management) platforms.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with database query tools, ARMS, and Blackbaud.
  • Experience with developing/delivering persuasive communications to a varied constituency.

Job Competencies

  • Strong analytical skills and demonstrated ability to interpret data and use it to inform business decisions.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Excellent manager of time, projects, and people. Detail-oriented and analytical, but also able to see the “big picture.”  Must possess a positive attitude and leadership ability.
  • Self-motivation, creativity, and the ability to solve problems; ability to work both independently and cooperatively with others.

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and resume with their application. All offers of employment are contingent upon a completed criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.

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Job Posting Title:
Associate Director, Sports Foundation Operations


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Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:
In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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EEO Statement:
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As an EEO/AA employer, Brown University provides equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation based upon a person’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law, in the administration of its policies, programs, and activities.

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