Director/Engagement Officer for Gift Programs

Batesville, Arkansas
Commensurate with experience.
Jan 31, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Lyon College seeks a Director/Engagement Officer for Gift Programs to provide oversight and strategic direction for the Office of Gift Programs. Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement, the Director is critical to a proactive program of engagement for Lyon’s various donors.

The Director is responsible for the development and management of a comprehensive program to build and retain Lyon’s base of donors. The Director will coordinate a year-round acquisition, cultivation and retention program that will involve personal solicitation, direct mail, and all forms of multi-channel donor cultivation, solicitation and retention. Collaboration with affinity groups (athletic, Greek, academic, etc) are required including special ‘mini’ campaigns such as affinity challenge initiatives.  A strong working relationship with marketing is required to design and execute giving programs.  The Director will manage student callers.  Extensive travel and face-to-face cultivation and solicitation is required.

The successful candidate will have at least a Bachelor’s degree and three years of experience in a similar position, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work with a diverse range of individuals. The ability to manage time and multiple tasks and strong customer-service skills are also essential to the position.

Lyon College is a private, selective liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with approximately 9,200 alumni located throughout the world. It is located in Batesville, Arkansas, a safe and historic town of 10,000 that serves as commercial, medical, social, and governmental hub for an eight-county area. The College currently enrolls almost 700 undergraduate students from 28 states and 15 foreign countries. Entering freshmen have an average high school GPA of 3.5 and an average ACT composite of 25. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references to Mr. Donald R. Taylor, Director of Human Resources, 2300 Highland Road, Batesville, AR 72501 or electronically to with “Alumni Director” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To learn more about Lyon College go to

Lyon College is an equal opportunity employer.

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