Director of Milestone Reunions
Director of Milestone Reunions
Apr 27, 2021
Hamilton seeks a major gift fundraiser with the ability to close six- and seven-figure gifts and manage complex programs to join a distinguished institutional advancement office as Director of Milestone Reunions.
Reporting to the Executive Director of Individual Giving & Donor Relations, the Director oversees and leads Hamilton’s 50th Reunion Program, focusing on the five classes between the 45th and 50th reunion years. The primary objective of the Director is to create and implement a program that leverages alumni’s excitement and increased connection to Hamilton during the College’s 50th reunion cycle while maximizing class giving and participation.
In this role, the Director works closely with Hamilton’s offices of Principal and Major Gifts, the Hamilton Fund, Gift Planning, Donor Relations, Alumni Engagement, and Advancement Events and Promotions to manage all aspects of the 50th Reunion Program. Duties include: setting and achieving ambitious, yet realistic, class fundraising goals; recruiting and guiding reunion committee volunteers; and facilitating class events and communications – all with the goal of connecting alumni to one another and the College for a successful and meaningful 50th reunion experience. In addition, the Director will carry a small portfolio of major gift prospects, including alumni in the 50th reunion cycle classes. In the first year, this person also will be mentored by a seasoned Principal Gift Officer.
With increased success, expansion of the program will be considered including adding other milestone reunions such as the 25th. Hamilton will consider applicants who wish to work remotely.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Prior fundraising experience preferred.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Demonstrated ability to effectively cultivate major gift relationships and close gifts of $100,000+
- A genuine affinity for the liberal arts and the mission of Hamilton College
- Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
- Understanding of Hamilton’s priorities and how to advocate and articulate them to donors and prospects
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- High emotional intelligence and the ability to skillfully navigate conflicting interests and passions of donors and volunteers
- Articulate and persuasive written and oral presentation skills
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Goal-oriented and deadline-driven mindset
- Ability to adapt to changing situations and to respond to alumni requests
- High sensitivity to confidential information
- Able to manage multiple projects well, working both independently and with a team
- A continuous desire to innovate and improve
- Collaborative problem-solving skills; an entrepreneurial approach to creating personal donor engagement strategies
- Familiarity with advancement software
- Creative, positive outlook, and sense of humor
- Valid U.S. driver's license
- Willingness to travel
- Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary
Please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.