Ithaca, NY
Sep 29, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
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Four-Year Institution

Position Information

Vacancy ID S2180 Job Title ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR BLUE & GOLD SOCIETY Department Ithaca College Annual Fund School/Parent Organization College Relations and Advancement Parent Org Division College Relations and Advancement Division Employment Category Fulltime-Regular Anticipated start date 11/27/2017 If temporary, expected end date Hours per week 37.5 Weeks Per Year 52.2 Normal Start Time 8:30 AM Normal End Time 5:00 PM Position/Job Summary
Responsible for strategic program planning and assessment, management, and implementation of initiatives to increase the Blue & Gold Society membership (annual gifts of $1,000 and above) in dollars and donors through retention and acquisition of gifts from IC alumni, parents and friends. Plan, implement and manage the Blue & Gold Society giving program. Develop and implement a strategic solicitation and marketing plan to engage, solicit, and steward donors capable of giving $1,000 or more on an annual basis. Partner with the Ithaca College Annual Fund staff to ensure effective solicitation strategies and messaging through all existing channels. Identify, recruit, train, and support the Blue & Gold Society National Committee to ensure growth in membership and upgraded levels of support. Where appropriate, make personal solicitations, and regularly collaborate with other staff to build a pipeline of IC Annual Fund volunteers and donors at the Blue & Gold Society level and above.
Position/Job Responsibilities
1. Manage a comprehensive program to identify, secure, and steward Blue &Gold Society giving club level gifts of $1,000 or more on an annual basis through designing, managing, and evaluating outreach to current and prospective members that are alumni, families, and friends of the College. Work in consultation with the Director of the IC Annual Fund, Director of Family Giving, and the Director of Donor Relations and Communication to ensure that the program approaches each consistency in a way that inspires the greatest levels of support.

2. Develop a comprehensive annual solicitation program for all leadership giving prospects. Ensure initiatives are well-planned and clearly communicated, and developed to support the prospect engagement and fundraising goals of the Director of the IC Annual Fund, Assistant Vice President of Individual Giving, the Director of Family Giving, and other development officers.

3. Communicate and partner with giving officers to ensure successful solicitation of all tracked prospects through broad-based mailings, emails, phonathons, and peer-to-peer and staff solicitations for gifts of $1,000 and above.

4. Oversee solicitation, cultivation, stewardship, and recognition communications for Blue & Gold Society donors and prospects.

5. Under the general direction of the Director of the IC Annual Fund, plan, implement, coordinate, and supervise peer-to-peer solicitation efforts to reach the fundraising goals and objectives for the Blue & Gold Society National Committee, to ensure the committee reaches their full potential as volunteer solicitors. This includes: evaluation of giving patterns and establishing goals; identification, recruitment, training, and support of volunteers; analysis and evaluation of efforts; personally contacting prospects and asking for participation. Oversee the updating of information in Ellucian ADVANCE to monitor, discern, and track the appropriate activities-such as volunteer recruitment, committee assignments, and solicitation outcomes. Work collaboratively with a broad range of Advancement staff to ensure effective partnership in activities for maximum benefit of the volunteer effort.

6. Develop and demonstrate a multicultural awareness and contribute to cultivating an inclusive, diverse and respectful college community. Demonstrate civil and inclusive behavior when interacting with staff, faculty, students and visitors to the College. Promote a flexible, collaborative and inclusive work and living environment and engage in educational opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion.

7. Continue the development and implementation of a young alumni Blue & Gold Society level giving program; work in collaboration with the IC Annual Fund Associate Director of Senior Class and Young Alumni Giving, the Blue & Gold Society Young Alumni Chair, and the young alumni that serve on the Blue & Gold Society National Committee.

8. Working closely with the Director of Donor Relations and Communication, develop the annual recognition program for Blue &Gold Society volunteers and donors. Oversee the development and implementation of annual recognition events and programs and work with event staff. Oversee the invitation list creation and work closely with the Donor Relations and Communication team to assure the invitation lists' processing and development, and the distribution of event briefing materials.

9. Work with the IC Annual Fund Associate Director of Senior Class and Young Alumni Giving and the Senior Class Gift Committee to develop plans and strategies for the senior class to promote giving at the Blue & Gold Society level and encourage future commitments.

10. Work with the IC Annual Fund Assistant Director of the Phonathon Program to develop scripts, strategies, and calling pools for Blue & Gold Society level phonathon solicitation calls.

11. Assist the Director of the IC Annual Fund in preparing, executing and monitoring annual budgets. Verify and reconcile budgetary expenditures within established guidelines.
Position/Job Qualifications
Bachelor's degree and a minimum of four years related experience or an equivalent combination of related education and experience. Demonstrated experience in successfully managing volunteers who conduct personal solicitations is preferred. Previous experience with a non-benefits based giving society and recognition program is preferred. Direct personal solicitation experience is preferred. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to effectively work and interact respectfully within a diverse and inclusive environment; extensive understanding of higher education and the role of development; ability to travel and attend College functions during and after normal business hours; ability to work independently and in a team environment, and establish priorities and meet deadlines are required. Previous experience working in a college or university setting is preferred.
EEO Statement
Ithaca College is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the college is appreciated.
Instructions for submitting your application:
Interested applicants must apply online at and attach a resume, cover letter and list of three professional references. Questions about online application should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at (607) 274-8000. Screening of applications will begin immediately.
Work authorization (select one): Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position Department description College Description
At Ithaca College, a comprehensive residential campus community of 6,500 students, we strive to be at the forefront of the higher education landscape. We offer a distinct integrative learning experience that makes students ready for the personal, professional, and global challenges of our age.

We seek candidates who embrace integrative learning and want to be a part of this exciting time in Ithaca College history. We encourage creative collaboration and innovation in our faculty and staff, providing support and resources for them to grow in their fields and lead students to their own innovative ideas and achievements.

We welcome different ways of thinking and look for candidates with unique points of view and life experiences. We are inclusive of individuals with a wide range of cultural, personal, and professional backgrounds, talents, and skills. Our campus is a vibrant and rewarding community where diverse minds can learn, succeed, and excel.

When reviewing candidates, we are looking for indicators of a number of core competencies. Prospective candidates must be adaptable, collaborative, inclusive, respectful, responsive, results driven, and sustainable. They must communicate effectively, demonstrate leadership, exhibit professional integrity and ethics, take initiative, value personal and professional development, and show that they will engage in the college.

Nestled in the heart of New York State's scenic Finger Lakes region, Ithaca College sits atop South Hill overlooking picturesque Cayuga Lake and is just minutes away from the city center. Combining small town warmth and charm with the vibrancy of a college community, the thriving and culturally diverse city of Ithaca has been rated by Kiplinger's as one of the top 10 places to live in the United States.

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Market Hiring Range $58,000 to $63,000 FLSA Status Exempt Is this position eligible for benefits? Yes

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