Associate Director, Annual Giving; Director, Parents Fund

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

Hamilton is one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges. It is independent, highly selective, coeducational and residential. Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, Hamilton is today composed of 1,850 diverse and talented students from nearly all of the 50 states and approximately 40 countries. More information can be found at

Position Summary:

The Associate Director, Annual Giving; Director, Parent Giving is an exempt professional position dedicated to helping meet the increasing goals for donors and dollars in Hamilton’s Annual Fund. The focus of the position is managing parent giving to the Annual Fund, and coordinating the work of key parent volunteers, the Parents Leadership Council. In addition, the Associate Director will support the larger objectives of the Annual Fund by coordinating the execution of broad-scale direct solicitation appeals, by managing the work of key alumni volunteers on the 1812 Leadership Committee who solicit leadership ($2,500+) gifts tor the Annual Fund, and by serving as the liaison between the Annual Fund team and the Major Gift team to ensure appropriate coordination of solicitations and other activities.

Parent Giving and Volunteer Management

  • Directs solicitation of current and past parents to raise the percentage of parent gifts in Hamilton’s Annual Fund to 15% from 12%.
  • In partnership with the Director, Annual Giving, coordinates and aligns parent giving strategies and tactics with those directed to alumni.
  • Recruits and manages the membership of the Parents Leadership Council, the body of key parent leaders charged with deepening parent engagement with, and increasing parent giving to, Hamilton College.

Annual Fund Operations Coordination 

  • Ensures the timely creation, execution and delivery of all Annual Fund direct appeals, by postal mail or email. Works closely with the Director, Annual Giving, the Senior Assistant, the Communications Department and the College’s mail-house vendor to assemble message content and appropriate data to ensure accurate, on-time production of solicitation communications.
  • Coordinates the work of the 1812 Leadership Committee tasked with peer-to-peer solicitation of prospects for gifts of $2,500 and more. Performs “matrix management” with members of the Major Gifts team to ensure the appropriate solicitation of prospects by volunteers, both of whom are under management by Development Officers.
  • Performs other tasks as may be assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 3-5 years of related non-profit or higher-education employment experience
  • 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

Applications 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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