Assistant Director for Milestone Reunions
Responsible for overseeing the milestone fund raising program at Smith, which include capital and annual giving components. Orchestrate a holistic engagement, cultivation, and solicitation program for ten or more alumnae classes, leading up to and through their milestone reunion years, with the primary goal of raising significant funding for college priorities. Create and administer an organizing structure for this program, working in close collaboration with philanthropic officers assigned to alumnae prospects, and with the Smith Fund Director for annual fund appeals.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Program Management: Develop and implement a milestone reunion program at Smith, to include a holistic engagement, cultivation, and solicitation plan for alumnae in the five classes leading up to and through reunions. Through the development of program materials and frequent consultation and communication with philanthropic officers, orchestrate a plan for each highly rated prospect to be solicited for a funding priority (or class project, if specified) and the Smith Fund. Through direct marketing and more tailored outreach for special gift prospects, maximize annual Smith Fund revenue and alumnae participation for each class as a whole. Recruit, train and lead leadership fund raising volunteers. Develop communications materials for volunteers, donors, and prospects that convey the goals and priorities of the college. Strategically coordinate these plans with overall fundraising calendars and objectives. Produce revenue and participation projections as requested for the Smith Fund Director. Act as primary Development liaison for assigned classes with the Office of Alumnae Relations.
Prospect Solicitation: Develop and implement plans for solicitation of a portfolio of assigned leadership prospects that include capital, annual, and planned giving components. Frequent travel, on occasion with volunteers and regional gift officers to visit, cultivate, solicit, and steward leadership giving prospects. Organize and lead cultivation events for each milestone and pre-milestone reunion class annually in five or more key regions around the country, in conjunction with volunteer and college leaders. Perform other duties as assigned.
Education/Experience: Bachelor's degree plus 5 to 7 years of relevant experience and/or the equivalent combination of education and experience preferably in a college environment with a clear record of accomplishment and strong measurable results. Demonstrated volunteer management skills. Understanding of the needs and interests of major donors in order to develop relationships between them and the College. Knowledge of tax laws that impact charitable giving, personal assets and estates.
Skills: Outstanding leadership, management, interpersonal, organizational, analytical, and oral/written communication skills. Able to function as a team player and be comfortable in a fast-paced and results-driven environment, while effectively planning and executing a challenging array of program initiatives. Must have a driver's license; must complete and comply with all college driving credentialing requirements. Weekend and evening work will be required. Regular travel required.
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