Mount Holyoke Fund Officer, Young Alumnae and Student Philanthropy

South Hadley, MA
Feb 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Mount Holyoke Fund officer for young alumnae and student philanthropy will work closely with the associate director of The Mount Holyoke Fund and other colleagues within the advancement office to achieve increased levels of annual support and participation from young alumnae through a comprehensive education, engagement, volunteer, solicitation, and stewardship plan focusing on young alumnae classes (defined as the classes in the 5th and 10th reunion cycles).  This individual will also work closely with classes in the 15th reunion cycle as a class and volunteer manager with a focus on achieving yearly dollar and participation goals for each class. Additionally, this individual will design, lead, and coordinate all student philanthropy programming including the student philanthropy committee and the senior giving campaign to achieve increased understanding of the importance of philanthropy to Mount Holyoke and increased giving.   


Young Alumnae Giving and Stewardship:           

Volunteer Management:

  • Investigate and identify best practices for recruiting young alumnae; reimagine traditional volunteer roles for young alumnae.
  • With the associate director, develop and implement a strategy for recruiting, training, and supporting
  • Communicate regularly with young alumnae volunteers to plan initiatives, motivate, inspire, direct, assess and update them on their efforts and successes.
  • Develop, plan, and execute targeted events for young alumnae volunteers.

    Other programming:

  • With the associate director, assist in planning and coordinating annual giving direct mail programs related to the young alumnae program including message, timing, and audience.
  • Investigate and identify best practices for young alumnae stewardship.
  • Work in partnership with staff throughout the department to identify and develop engagement/recognition opportunities that are meaningful to younger alumnae.
  • Plan and oversee young alumnae donor recognition and/or engagement events in major geographic areas.
  • Build and maintain an online presence to attract young alumnae volunteers, donors and supporters. Leverage social media and information technology to promote events, engagement and giving opportunities.
  • Work with colleagues to develop annual giving solicitation strategies for young alumnae and 15th reunion cycle leadership gift prospects.

    Student Philanthropy and Giving

    • Investigate and identify best practices for student engagement around philanthropy and giving.
    • Design and implement a comprehensive student philanthropy program, beginning with first year students through the Senior Gift effort.
    • Recruit, train, and supervise students for active roles in philanthropic education on campus, with a goal of educating fellow classmates about the role of alumnae giving to the College and encouraging the commitment of giving back.
    • Manage senior giving campaign with student volunteers.Train and educate head class agents and class board members.Work with head class agents to recruit and train senior giving committee.
    • Develop, plan, and execute events, including but not limited to, Thank an Alum Days, senior giving events, and student philanthropy committee events that educate students about the importance of alumnae support to the College.

    15th Reunion Cycle Classes

    • Work with head class agents in each class to establish annual fundraising goals (dollars and participation) and strategies
    • Train, support, and communicate regularly with head class agents and class agents.

    • With the associate director, create a strategic plan and develop annual goals and objectives for assigned fund-raising programs and initiatives.
    • Manage small portfolio of young alumnae and 15th reunion cycle alumnae for direct solicitation efforts.Personally visit to qualify, cultivate, and/or solicit, as necessary.
    • Actively participate in other advancement activities as requested or required including, but not limited to, attendance at college functions, volunteer events, young alumnae events, and personal solicitation of donors.
    • Provide assistance and support in other duties as assigned.


    • Bachelor’s degree required. Experience in fundraising and development preferred.Experience with volunteer management a plus.
    • Appreciation for a private, liberal arts college setting.
    • Strong interpersonal leadership and communication skills (verbal and writing).
    • Strong organizational and planning skills for balancing multiple projects and tasks.
    • Strong analytical and technical aptitude with an attention to detail.
    • Working knowledge of computers and computer software programs.
    • Desire to be part of a strong team.
    • Willingness to travel and occasionally work nights and weekends.

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