Reporting directly to the Senior Associate Director of College Development, the Assistant Director uses a class-based approach to drive reunion giving, secure leadership annual gifts ($2,500-$100,000), and build the pipeline of future significant donors. S/he identifies, cultivates, and solicits College alumni within a particular generation; co-directs up to three College's reunion class gift campaigns, collaborating closely with the Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving Team and the Major Gift Team within College Development; and works closely with key volunteers on peer-to-peer outreach. The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial, curious, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented, have a passion for working with people, wants to be an integral part of a high-performing and strategic team, and is dedicated to advancing the Collegeâ™s mission.
Plan and implement strategies for a coordinated program of fundraising activities for College leadership gift prospects. Identify, cultivate and solicit prospective donors who have the capacity to make financial commitments of $2,500 to $100,000 or more.
Plan and execute a target of 100 prospect visits and 75 solicitations, traveling as necessary to visit prospects - both individually and in tandem with College leadership and volunteers.
Develop short and long-term plans for soliciting and stewarding leadership annual giving donors.
Deliver timely and effective follow-up in various forms to prospects and donors, including customized fundraising proposals.
Generate timely contact reports in prospect database following prospect or donor visits.
Co-direct up to three College's reunion class gift campaigns, collaborating closely with the Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving Team and the Major Gift Team within College Development.
Collaborate with staff throughout Alumni Relations and Development to increase leadership annual gift activity on behalf of the College.
Maintain expert-level knowledge of the College giving priorities and annual funds.
Participate in meetings and events as needed.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.
Communicate Effectively & With Influence
Exhibit Resilience & Optimize Resources
Display Emotional Intelligence
Demonstrate University Stewardship & Serve as a Brand Ambassador
Foster Partnership & Collaboration
Education, Experience and Certifications:
Bachelor's degree or higher required.
A minimum of two years of professional work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work experience required.
Knowledge of managing gift prospects and fundraising volunteers preferred.
Experience in soliciting and closing gifts of $2,500 or more preferred.
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Strong verbal and writing skills, high attention to detail and follow-up, and excellent organizational skills required.
Strong commitment to customer service required.
Ability to manage confidential information with discretion and tact required.
Strong leadership qualities, including the ability both to delegate and to execute, thereby leading by word and by example required; ability to work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting required.
An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative required; outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to write well required.
Must be flexible and adaptable to new programs in an emerging and changing environment required.
Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly, the internal workings of the University as well as the technology tools available to Alumni Relations and Development, including Griffin (the University's Donor Relationship Management System), a Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business.
Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends.
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