Associate Director of Alumni and Family Engagement
Basic Functions: Manage, recruit and oversee volunteer leaders and committees to coordinate a successful reunion for the 50th and post 50th reunion years. Facilitate, track and support regular communication between reunion committee leadership and various offices within Institutional Advancement including Gift Planning, Major Gifts and the Denison Annual Fund. Organize, plan and execute a variety of special events coordinated out of the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement (AFE).
Essential Job Functions: Manage, recruit and oversee volunteer leaders and committees for the 50th and post-50th reunions. Create a structure and process to organize and support a multi-year fundraising and planning model, for the 50th Reunion including revised timelines, guide books, volunteer position descriptions and roles and expectations for the expanded program. Work in tandem with AFE staff and approximately 18 months prior to the class celebration, develop social aspects of the 50th and 55th reunion programs. Set, monitor and meet metrics to measure reunion success based on strategic goals for the program. Partner with Prospect Management to develop a collaborative plan to focus on 50th reunion years in advance (48 months prior) to filter potential $100K+ donors to Major Gifts and Gift Planning for cultivation and solicitation. Convene a fundraising cabinet for each 50th class approximately 4 years prior to the reunion to assist with peer screening and solicitations when appropriate. Advance fundraising and engagement goals by partnering closely with all divisional fundraisers. Create and manage a high-impact stewardship plan for class project funds and serve as the liaison with the stewardship office on implementing best practices to steward 50th and post-50th reunion gift funds. Partner with Advancement Operations to develop processes and systems to ensure proper gift counting and recording, report creation and gift analysis. Develop a strategic communications plan for marketing and solicitations leading up to and during the 50th reunion and beyond which could include reunion class newsletters and websites and elevating the prestige of the 50th reunion program. Manage budget and adhere to deadlines and calendars and all other administrative tasks needed to perform this role. Coordinate and execute special events to support the fundraising and engagement goals of the office and division of Institutional Advancement. Participate in professional activities to stay current with trends in the field. Participate as an active member of the University community by attending regular department meetings, campus events and off campus activities. Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree. A minimum of five years of experience in fundraising and volunteer management or a related field. Significant experience with program development and management. High level of professionalism and the ability to work collaboratively with a range of audiences. Ability to travel as needed to support reunion committees and special events. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to think both creatively and strategically about donor engagement. Highly skilled with Microsoft and Google suite of programs. Strong organizational skills to effectively prioritize and manage multiple projects. Careful attention to details. Flexible, positive attitude and ability to work both independently and as a member of a team. Travel as needed.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience within a fundraising environment and preferably within a higher education environment.