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Engagement Manager – Awards/Corporate Activities Piscataway, New Jersey
Job Summary: The IEEE Awards team manages the IEEE Board of Directors’ (BoD) Awards Program, the highest-level awards presented by IEEE in recognition of excellence in technical and professional communities worldwide. Through its Awards Program, IEEE advances the interests of its members by recognizing their contributions in advancing IEEE fields of interest, celebrating technological triumphs, and inspiring future innovators to positively impact our world.
As Engagement Manager, you will work to enhance the visibility, prestige and impact of IEEE through its Awards Program. Your efforts will have a direct impact on the department's ability to achieve the objectives and the financial goals of the program and of IEEE. Responsibilities will include managing industry, volunteer and professional staff; serving as a primary fundraiser; and acting as liaison between the IEEE Awards Department and the corporations, foundations, individuals and IEEE organizational units and Societies/Councils for which funds for IEEE’s highest awards are raised.
Leverage technology, expertise, and knowledge to ensure a robust program, and a strong volunteer and staff work force.
Identify and cultivate future awards volunteer leaders through informal networking, relationship building, etc.
Establish best practices, benchmarks, and enhance volunteer satisfaction in this area.
Develop and maintain a communications/marketing plan for the engagement program, in coordination with the Senior Awards Communications Specialist.
Conduct ongoing program evaluations, including surveying current and prospective volunteer and staff leaders, to assess needs and identify new opportunities to leverage engagement.
Serves as liaison to outside organizations for External Awards.
Awards Development Activities
Develop and implement fundraising plans and activities for the highest IEEE awards presented on behalf of the Board of Directors, and for awards events. There are approximately 60 Medals, Technical Field Awards and Recognitions in the awards portfolio.
Manage the continual identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of principal and major gift donors and prospects (corporations, foundations and individuals) leading to the successful negotiation of gift terms and preparation/execution of gift agreements.
Responsible for the oversight of award sponsor contributions currently totaling over $700M for the annual presentation of IEEE Board of Directors (BoD) Awards. It is expected that the Awards Engagement Manager will raise an additional annual amount for the IEEE BoD Awards Program, in accordance with market and program conditions.
Serve as the primary liaison with IEEE Awards Program donors, sponsors and partners.
Identify and collaborate with awards and development staff colleagues on the implementation of fundraising tools and methodology that allow for effective and efficient stewardship, recognition, and relationship management of IEEE Awards Program donors, sponsors, and partners.
Collaborate with the Senior Manager - Awards Presentations on fundraising for the IEEE Honors Ceremony / new-style awards events, and development of related sponsorship packages.
Author grant proposals, awards sponsorship information documents, and reports to donors as required.
Ensure donor acknowledgment and public recognition is accurate and up-to-date, including, but not limited to, social media, the IEEE Awards website, and the IEEE Awards booklet.
Awards & Honors Finances
Manage the Awards and Honors budget cost centers currently totaling approximately $1.9M.
Collaborate with Awards and Corporate Management in the development, review and consolidation of the annual operating budgets for Awards and Honors.
Partner with the IEEE Awards Board Finance Chair on the preparation of reports and presentations for the IEEE Awards Board (2-3 reports/presentations per year) and IEEE Finance Committee (at least 1 presentation per year). Attend IEEE Finance Committee Meetings, as appropriate.
Manage the preparation of IEEE project requests for awards and honors activities, contracts, purchase orders and independent contractor agreements to ensure compliance with operational processes, and liaise with IEEE Strategic Sourcing as appropriate.
Manage the timely processing of invoices for vendors, sponsors, and other parties.
Coordinate with Awards Presentation and Foundation Accounting team members on the processing of recipient cash prizes and donation of cash prizes, including the processing and submission of tax forms.
Complete / submit to IEEE Foundation Accounting an annual sponsor billing spreadsheet for IEEE’s highest awards.
Manage the completion and submission of monthly awards and honors forecasts.
Manage the analysis of monthly/annual financial reports to ensure data integrity.
Manage the year-end accrual process.
Promote the Awards Program and cultivate relationships while attending the IEEE Honors Ceremony, select Technical Field Awards presentations and other events or conferences.
Manage other activities and projects as assigned to accomplish the organization’s goals.
Qualifications Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree with 7+ years of relevant experience preferred. Relevant and successful experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
Professional fundraising experience preferred, including the negotiation and successful closure of gifts amounting to $100K+.
General knowledge of bookkeeping and accounting is required; knowledge of professional associations desired.
Certified Association Executive (CAE) and/or Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) desired. Must be willing to earn relevant credentials.
Skills & Other Requirements:
Must be a patient, effective communicator who is able to establish and maintain relationships and skillfully influence and advocate on behalf of the IEEE Awards Program.
Must be a strategic thinker and leader.
Demonstrated aptitude for effectively and efficiently working with volunteer Boards and Committees for high-impact results.
Must have a thorough understanding of non-profit program administration and fundraising concepts, such as AFP guidelines for practicing fundraising professions.
Demonstrated success in solicitation and securing of significant major gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations preferred.
Proven ability to influence individuals.
Positive, proactive work attitude and ability to excel in fast-moving work environment with changing priorities.
Skilled at crafting and delivering persuasive presentations and written materials.
Must be fluent in business English and capable of speaking effectively.
Must demonstrate the highest degree of professionalism when dealing with sensitive and/or confidential matters.
Must be a technologically savvy worker who seeks out solutions to business challenges. Mastery of Microsoft Office programs required and mastery of Google Apps for Business preferred. Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge (or similar system) donor tracking software preferred.
Must be able to work during weekends and/or evenings as necessary.
Ability to travel up to 20% of year outside of local region.
Join us in an environment where people look forward to coming to work! IEEE offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits, including medical, dental, 401(k) plan with company match, a defined contribution retirement plan, a tuition reimbursement program, flexible spending accounts, company paid life insurance, and a business casual dress code.
Only those resumes that go through the URL from the web address will be considered. NO THIRD PARTIES PLEASE.
For information on work demands and conditions required for this position, please consult the reference document, “Physical, Mental, and Work Environment Standards for IEEE Positions.” This position is classified under [Category I—Office Position].
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