About Fashion Institute of Technology:

The FIT Foundation, (“the Foundation”), invites applications for the position of Director of Strategic Philanthropy.

Job Description:

FIT is a community of unconventional minds, a place where we educate students to be design thinkers and problem solvers. There’s a new creative economy, at the crossroads of design, business, culture, and technology. To meet its challenges, FIT has laid to rest all tired assumptions, outdated practices, and conventional thinking. We’re moving forward with unshackled innovation?while unabashedly celebrating traditional skills. We’re seeking unstoppable people, cultivating unrestrained ingenuity, and advancing unforgettable ideas. That’s why our students, faculty, curriculum, and industry partners are unlike all others. They’re unpredictable, unbridled, unexpected?and in tune with the new, the next, the first, the best.

To take our unconventional efforts to the next level, we’re seeking a Director of Strategic Philanthropy to cultivate and solidify significant funds through sponsorship development, event fundraising, major gift asks, and nontraditional funding initiatives.

The Director of Strategic Philanthropy will join a high-performing, fast paced advancement and alumni team as well as an internationally recognized institution dedicated to excellence, innovation, creativity and growth. The Director will report to the Vice President of Advancement/Executive Director of The FIT Foundation and work closely with the President’s Office, the Board of Directors of The FIT Foundation, various schools and departments within the College, and influential alumni.

The Director will be charged with:

  • Creating and implementing unique engagement strategies to secure six-figure plus program sponsorships, naming rights deals and collaborative partnerships and alliances.
  • Identifying, cultivating and securing significant major gifts from individuals and corporations located in assigned regions of the United States and abroad. Cultivation will take place through a combination of personal visits, phone calls, letters, e-mail, and networking events and programs.
  • Working with the Advancement and Alumni staff, the Foundation Board of Directors, and national volunteers to build a network of major donors, corporate partners and strategic alliances for the college.
  • Collaborating on planning and execution of alumni events/gatherings and events intended to raise significant funds.
  • Developing and executing non-traditional fundraising events, programs and strategies.


  • Manage a portfolio of corporate and individual donors and prospective donors.
  • Create strategic cultivation plans for donors, in order to ultimately secure sponsorships, major gifts and budget-relieiving in-kind gifts for the college.
  • Write and develop proposals that engage and activate prospects to partner with the college to raise funds to support key initiatives.
  • Individual fundraising goals will be set according to financial goals of the college, with a minimum threshold of six figures for all gifts, partnerships and sponsorships cultivated.
  • Familiarity with major and planned giving vehicles for ultimate bequests.
  • Include campus faculty and/or staff in fundraising strategies and visits, in order to develop and foster long term financial relationships with the college.
  • Participate fully in the life of the college in order to be able to communicate the extraordinary FIT story with donors and prospective donors.
  • Develop a detailed understanding of the college’s key fundraising priorities and articulate these in both written and verbal terms.
  • Assist the Vice President with management of his prospect list, helping with a strategy and engagement process for ultimate solicitation by the Vice President.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate should possess:

  • An energetic and creative approach to work
  • Outstanding organizational skills and a proven self-starter
  • A demonstrated ability to think strategically
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A proven ability to engage fully with a variety of constituents spanning all levels of socioeconomic status
  • A high level of confidence with cultivating new as well as solidifying current relationships with donors and dignitaries, as well as corporate CEO’s and executives
  • The ability to motivate and inspire volunteers to become engaged with the college and ultimately become donors
  • Demonstrated experience in developing compelling and successful donor cultivation and fundraising events
  • Familiarity with local, national and international philanthropic communities that support fashion, the arts and the new creative economy
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks concurrently
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a higher education environment and with an Advancement and Alumni team
  • A comfort level with soliciting and closing gifts at a multi-million dollar level
  • Display in work and action the highest possible ethical standards


Qualifications include: seven to 10 years of sponsorship and major gifts development experience, preferably in higher education, high level sales and marketing, and/or the arts or similar nonprofit organizations; experience in successfully identifying and nurturing prospects, closing major gifts and solidifying sponsorships; and familiarity with prospect rating and wealth analytics software such as BlackbaudAnalytics, WealthEngine or WealthPoint. Bachelor’s degree required.

Additional Information:

The salary is very competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered for the position, please visit:


You must submit the following documents online:

* Resume
* Cover letter-please include salary requirements

Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact each applicant individually regarding his or her application status.

For more information about FIT, please visit FIT’s website at: http://www.fitnyc.edu

FIT is firmly committed to creating an environment that will attract and retain people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. By providing a learning and working environment that encourages, utilizes, respects, and appreciates the full expression of every individual’s ability, the FIT community fosters its mission and grows because of its rich, pluralistic experience. FIT is committed to prohibiting discrimination, whether based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military service status, genetic information, pregnancy, familial status, citizenship status (except as required to comply with law), or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. FIT is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, including the opportunity for upward mobility for all qualified individuals. Applications from minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged. Inquiries regarding FIT’s non-discrimination policies may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, 212 217.3360, titleix@fitnyc.edu.

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