Assistant Director, Annual Giving (2 positions)

Clinton, New York
May 05, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary:

The Assistant Director, Annual Giving is an exempt professional position dedicated to helping meet the increasing goals for donors and dollars of Hamilton’s Annual Fund. The focus of the position is managing approximately ten classes: recruiting, orienting, motivating and regularly communicating with class committee volunteers who solicit their classmates for annual gifts to the College. Among the classes managed will be two which are celebrating a quinquennial reunion, requiring intensified classmate outreach to encourage attendance at Reunions Weekend in June and the meeting of even more ambitious donor and dollar goals. The Assistant Director will also assume at least one other, to-be-determined programmatic responsibility that contributes to overall Annual Fund success, such as supervising some aspect of fund-raising communications or social-media activity, or management of a special fund-raising project or activity.

Class Management 

  • Ensures all assigned classes have an active Class President and Class Gift Chair, as well as Class Committee members in numbers sufficient to allow comprehensive peer-to-peer class coverage for solicitation purposes. Recruits volunteers to fill vacancies and to expand numbers.
  • Orients class volunteers to fund-raising best practices and Hamilton Annual Fund protocols. Communicates regularly with class committees to report results, motivate solicitation and outreach activity, and sustain enthusiasm for the College and meeting Annual Fund goals.
  • Supports class volunteers in the effective use of Hamilton’s online volunteer module to expand classmate outreach and meet class goals.
  • Travels periodically to meet with and solicit donors and volunteers in assigned classes.
  • Masters alumni data sources to provide appropriate and as-needed reporting and analytics to class volunteer leaders.

Other Responsibilities 

  • Assumes programmatic responsibility (currently to-be-determined) when assigned by the Director, Annual Giving.
  • Maintains collegial and effective relationships with division colleagues (Alumni Relations, Major Gifts, Information Services, Communications) to ensure goals are achieved.
  • Performs other tasks as may be assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Related non-profit or higher-education employment or volunteer experience desirable
  • Ability to travel and to work nights and weekends
  • Demonstrated results orientation
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to make sound decisions
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, paying close attention to detail while meeting deadlines
  • High degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office products
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a collaborative team environment
  • Ability to work well within a fast-paced, high-volume environment
  • Commitment to personal growth and development
  • Disposition to take initiative and be a self-starter

Application Instructions:

Please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references via Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

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