Assistant/Associate Director, Annual Fund - Reunion and Leadership Programs
Basic Functions: Identify and secure philanthropic support for the College with a specific focus on the President's Associates Giving Societies ($1,000 and above). Provide oversight of the giving society program goals, strategy and recognition, secure leadership level giving through the support of Reunion classes celebrating reunion (20th-45th) and the Volunteers Inspiring Philanthropy (VIP) program.
Essential Job Functions: Leadership Giving Society Program: 45% * Develop and oversee the Leadership Giving Societies of Denison including the analysis and feasibility to set giving society goals for the program overall, along with membership giving from alumni, parents and friends. * Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward current and potential President's Associates donors to achieve increased goals in membership. * Market the Leadership Giving Societies of Denison program with key constituencies; and build a program that creates an identity and commitment to leadership gifts to the Denison Annual Fund each year. * Regularly solicit President's Associates level gifts to ensure goals are met. Volunteer Fundraising Program Management: 40% * Administer a volunteer program to expand gift society membership at all leadership levels. Plan, coordinate, supervise and implement the various volunteer activities to reach fundraising goals and objectives for reunion classes and VIP program, and ensure these committees reach their full potential. * In partnership with other Annual Fund staff, create and maintain volunteer fundraising training manuals and materials. * Develop and oversee the Reunion and VIP Committees, including individual goal setting for each committee, facilitate peer-to-peer solicitations. This includes: evaluation of giving patterns and establishing goals; providing input on broad-based components of campaign effort; identification, recruitment, training and support of campaign volunteers; analysis and evaluation of various campaign efforts; and personal solicitation. * In partnership with Major Gift Officers, Annual Fund and the office of Alumni and Family Engagement staff, identify, recruit and steward volunteer leaders and committee members to develop strong committees focused on fundraising. Communicate frequently to coordinate solicitations and adjust strategies for high-level donors. * Support volunteers through regular contact including personal visits, e-mail, and phone. Work with National Reunion Fund Chair, Leadership Chair, and Annual Fund Chair to offer assistance and motivation to volunteers. * Maintain a high level of attention to detail as it relates to managing solicitation reports shared with volunteers, the creation of written solicitation strategies with volunteers, accomplishing projects and tasks in the prescribed timeframe, and keeping colleagues engaged and informed as needed concerning program strategies. * Oversee the updating of databases to monitor, discern and track the appropriate activities with various populations -- such as volunteer recruitment, committee assignments, and donors. Event Planning: 10% * Plan and implement a fall Volunteer Summit involving Denison Annual Fund volunteers, working in conjunction with the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement. * Plan and implement an annual fund volunteer recognition program, including a presidential reception during Reunion Weekend, to recognize volunteers and leadership donors. Other duties & expectations: 5% * Attend and staff events including the Fall Big Red Alumni/Parent Weekend, Commencement, Reunion Weekend and Volunteer Summit. * Collaborate with other College offices to meet Denison's fund-raising objectives. * Participate in professional activities (e.g., presenting at STAFF or CASE workshops and conferences) to raise Denison's visibility in the profession and to stay current with trends in the field. * Participate as an active member of the university community by attending regular campus meetings (e.g. General Faculty meetings, First Friday gatherings) and events (athletic events and student performances, First-Year Induction Ceremony, Academic Awards Convocation, Baccalaureate and Commencement). Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required. Demonstrate significant experience of at least three years in development or a related field such as Alumni Affairs, Public Affairs, Marketing, or Public Relations. Detail oriented, and highly motivated. Strong organizational skills; excellent communication skills (oral and written); effectively represent Denison; demonstrated ability to work well with, lead, and train a diverse team of volunteers to reach fundraising goals, and work independently and as part of a team. Able to handle confidential material with utmost discretion. Travel required. Strong Excel skills including filtering, formulas and pivot tables.
Preferred Qualifications: Professional or volunteer experience in higher education advancement a plus. Experience in reunion campaigns or short-cycle annual fund campaign fundraising, knowledge of the principles and practices which underlie individual giving are preferred Knowledge of Banner or other fundraising database management systems preferred.
Salary: Competitve based on experience and education