Assistant Director of Annual Giving

Gambier, Ohio
commensurate with experience
Jun 08, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Kenyon College is conducting a search for a qualified candidate to fill the position of Assistant Director of Annual Giving. Reporting to the Director of Annual Giving, the Assistant Director of Annual Giving has primary responsibility for direct marketing efforts for the Office of Annual Giving and assists with the planning and implementation of the Kenyon Parents Fund.   

Essential Functions

Oversee Direct Marketing Efforts for the Office of Annual Giving

Work with the Office of Communications to produce printed and electronic appeals for the Kenyon Annual Funds. Oversee direct mail efforts, both internally and through the use of third-party direct mail vendors. Distribute electronic appeals. Work with Office of Communications and Annual Giving staff members to produce phonathon scripts, volunteer solicitation templates, and other materials that support solicitations. Oversee Kenyon’s volunteer portal, including data upload, updates and resources provided to volunteers on the portal. Maintain the Web presence for the Office of Annual Giving and oversee web-based marketing efforts. Work with computer records supervisor to design and implement constituency segmentation strategies. Serve as the office’s technology liaison.

Kenyon Parents Fund (KPF) and Senior Parent Challenge (SPC)

Rate and track parent leadership prospects, in collaboration with Director of Parent and Family Giving. With Director of Annual Giving and the Phonathon Manager, coordinate participation calls to non-leadership parents. 

Parents Fund Committee of the Parents Advisory Council (PAC)

In collaboration with the Director of Parent and Family Giving help recruit Kenyon Parents Fund Chair, Senior Parent Challenge Chair, three Class chairs, and Parents of Alumni committee to determine solicitation strategies and review prospects. Meet with chairs in June/July to plan the KPF/SPC year and determine goals and strategies. With the Director of Parent and Family Giving and the KPF chair, plan and co-chair two meetings of the Parents Fund Committee of the Parents Advisory Council. Assist the Director of Parent and Family Giving with SPC Chair, prepare materials and strategy for solicitation of senior parent challengers. Assign leadership calls to all PAC members and coordinate efforts of the volunteers. Prepare and oversee PAC phonathon at April meeting 

Family Weekend Leadership Giving Breakfast

Work with the Director of Parent and Family Giving to oversee breakfast at Family Weekend

Kenyon Fund

With other annual giving staff, develop strategies for successful Kenyon Fund campaigns. With director of annual giving and director of reunion giving, evaluate and analyze effectiveness of all annual giving programs. Assist with two Kenyon Fund Executive Committee meetings each year.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Success Factors

Technologically savvy; ability learn new software programs and interfaces quickly. Attention to detail, quality-control minded. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and volunteers. Be both outgoing and open-minded and possess a professional attitude as well as a good sense of humor. Ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Possess strong organizational skills with the ability to manage large, time-sensitive projects. Results-oriented self-starter with high energy level and initiative. Ability to develop new methods, adapt to the changing needs of the office, and establish appropriate procedures. Ability to operate under pressure; not easily frustrated.

Supervisor Responsibilities

Oversees one part-time administrative assistant.

Working Conditions

Typical office environment; must be able to use office equipment such as computer, printer, fax machine, copier, etc. Must be able to lift up to 15 lbs.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree, preferably from a liberal arts college. Prior experience in development or alumni work is desirable, as is experience working with volunteers. Excellent analytical, organizational, written and verbal communication skills. Knowledge of database management systems, page layout programs and Microsoft Office. Strong commitment to liberal arts education. Willingness to travel regularly and work occasional weekends.

Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors. 

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA/CREF retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully on our website.

Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law.