Director, Annual Leadership Giving

Mar 22, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director, Annual Leadership Giving

About College of the Holy Cross:

Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 2,800 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at the College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members--students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

Reporting to the Director of Development and joining a talented advancement team during the College's largest campaign, the Director of Annual Leadership Giving will work to Reporting to the Director of Development and joining a talented advancement team during the enhance, grow, and strengthen two significant program areas: Presidents Council and the Parents' Fund.

Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Oversee and serve as the lead strategist for the Presidents Council program with the overall goal of growing the Presidents Council in dollars and donors to ensure continued financial success of the Holy Cross Fund.
  • Oversee and serve as the lead strategist for the Parents Fund with the overall goal of growing the Parents Fund in dollars and donors and strengthening the engagement opportunities for current parents.
  • Partner with the Director of Development, Director, Holy Cross Fund and Director of Advancement Communications to strategize and implement a comprehensive annual solicitation program for each area.
  • Partner with the offices of Stewardship and Donor relations to plan and execute special events.
  • Partner with and direct three volunteer committees (Parents Fund Committee, Parents Leadership Circle, and Presidents Council Executive Committee), planning four meetings per year, communicating frequently with the volunteers, and engaging the volunteers in the work of their program area.
  • Strategize on the multiple engagement opportunities for both Parents and Presidents Council members to support increased dollars and donors, and to support the College's overall strategic plan and objectives.
  • Work closely with the Director of the Holy Cross Fund, Leadership Gift Officers, and Director of Parent Leadership Giving to effectively coordinate the planning, cultivation, and solicitation of individual leadership gifts from Presidents Council and Parent donors.
  • Create an annual plan for each area, listening to volunteer advice and working closely with data from the Presidents Council survey to think strategically about new opportunities for Presidents Council.
  • Manage a portfolio of alumni and parent prospects and travel to visit, cultivate, solicit, and steward assigned prospects.

As a Manager:

  • Oversee and manage the Assistant/Associate Director of Annual Leadership Giving Fund
  • Assist in the development of goals and objectives to include program implementation of improvements, and prevention of corrective actions. Maintain positive relations with campus constituencies and solicit feedback regarding department performance.
  • Develop and revise policy and procedures and identify software needs to support departmental programs. Update policy and procedures to support the College's requirements. Evaluate computer software systems that support departmental requirements. Establish best practices procedures to coordinate and facilitate total customer satisfaction for the constituents the department supports. Institute administrative procedures which facilitate the work of the staff and provide a service-oriented structure for those served.
  • Work effectively as a liaison between various departments/users to ensure that services, quality and costs are balanced. Prepare and support departmental operational budgets in accordance with procedures and uphold accountability for operating within approved budget limits.
  • Conceive, develop, and implement innovative and creative solutions leading to continuously improved processes. Provide a means for frequent and on-going feedback to the department on the effectiveness of programs offered and of interaction with the constituents served. Utilize data and feedback to drive change and sustain standard practices while evolving the culture, policy and procedures and the College.
  • Recruit, hire, train and manage direct reports. Complete appropriate performance management program to ensure goals, objectives and expectations are communicated and completed in alignment with the overall College mission, division and department.
  • Other duties as assigned or as necessary.


Bachelor's Degree in a related field. Master's degree preferred. 5 - 7 years' experience working in fundraising. Proven track record in cultivating and soliciting major gifts. Possess strong organizational skills, and excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills. Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work collaboratively and successfully with colleagues, prospects/donors, faculty, administrators, and volunteers to achieve common goals. Must be able to multi-task and work under deadline pressure, Willing to work flexible hours, including nights/weekends and/or holidays during peak seasons

Additional Information:

The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace.

A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).

To review our Employee Benefit Options, please go to:

Application Instructions:

Please attach resume and cover letter.

In your cover letter, please reflect on how you might contribute to the College's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and to its mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see

Should you be a candidate for further consideration after hiring manager review, you will be contacted by a human resources representative.

To apply, visit


Similar jobs

Similar jobs