Associate Director, Annual Giving

Posted August 30, 2011


Reporting to the Director of Development, the Associate Director, Annual Giving will manage and lead the Annual Fund Campaign with key volunteers and develop strategies to increase gifts and participation. In fiscal year 2010-2011, the Annual Fund raised over $2.2 million.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement the strategic plan for the Annual Fund with volunteers and enlist the support of the Annual Fund Committee and Chair of the Alumni Association
  • Develop and implement with volunteers all communications and outreach regarding the Annual Fund, including direct mail, telemarketing and e-mail appeals
  • Work with and support volunteer Chair of the Annual Fund and Committee, the Chairs of the Parents Council, and telemarketing campaign
  • Maintain a portfolio of prospective donors and conduct personal solicitations of annual fund gifts
  • Collaborate with the development staff to present a unified approach to prospects; plan and implement regional activities; and work with affinity groups
  • Oversee annual giving presence on the website, including on-line appeals with emphasis on young alumni
  • Collaborate in the development of new platforms for annual giving, including social media
  • Implement and manage the senior class gift program
  • Oversee acknowledgments of gifts to the Annual Fund
  • Assist in the production of the annual Donor Report in collaboration with Information Services and Office of Public Affairs staff
  • Produce monthly Annual Fund analysis and status reports; produce quarterly reports for the Board of Trustees
  • Participate in alumni events, serving as an ambassador for the Development Office and the Annual Fund
  • Supervise a full-time Development Assistant
  • Participate in other department initiatives as needed


  • Minimum of five years experience in an annual fund setting, preferably in higher education
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, alumni and donors
  • Superior organizational skills with attention to detail and deadlines
  • Expertise in Excel and experience with donor database software
  • A Bachelor's degree is required


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