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Associate Director of Leadership Annual Giving

Sarah Lawrence College
Bronxville, NY

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Job Title:

Associate Director of Leadership Annual Giving

Job Description:

Reporting to the Senior Director of Annual Giving Programs, the Associate Director of Leadership Annual Giving is responsible for engaging and soliciting current and prospective Parents Council and Westlands Society leadership annual level donors. The Associate Director will collaborate with Fund for Sarah Lawrence and Marketing and Communications colleagues to develop a solicitation strategy, materials, and messages that encourage membership level gifts and that are consistent with other fundraising efforts. The Associate Director will also partner with other frontline fundraisers to identify prospects for both fundraising programs. This position is expected to meet with prospects and solicit them at their home, office, and at other mutually agreed upon locations that can be outside of normal business hours.

Essential Duties Summary:

Duties & Responsibilities:

1. Develop and closely follow solicitation themes and calendar for all fiscal year fundraising efforts.

2. Collaborate with design team, mail house, and colleagues in the Fund for Sarah Lawrence to develop and execute an annual appeal strategy for email and direct mail.

3. Create and execute an annual stewardship plan and identify additional opportunities as unique College events are scheduled.
4. Identify and recruit leadership volunteers who will help with engagement and fundraising efforts for retaining and acquiring members in both groups.

5. Plan and facilitate four annual Parents Council meetings including two-three meetings that are entirely remote.

6. Solicit fifty Parents Council and one hundred leadership society level annual gifts annually and document conversations in Raiser’s Edge.

7. Attend Regional events where efforts can benefit attaining fundraising goals.
8. Assist with all aspects of alumni reunion weekend leading up to the weekend and at reunion weekend as needed.

9. Attend meetings and other donor and volunteer cultivation events as needed for annual giving solicitation.
10. Perform other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
• Good organizational and project management skills.
• Experience developing direct mail and email solicitation strategies
• Excellent written and verbal skills as well as strong computer skills including knowledge Microsoft Office, client management software, and web document sharing.
• Experience in working effectively with volunteers.
• Ability to initiate and carry out duties with minimum supervision.
• Demonstrated ability to work with the public with a high degree of diplomacy, confidentiality, and tact.
• Ability to work nights and weekends.

• Bachelor’s degree with 4-6 years of experience in fundraising preferred.

Physical Requirements:
• Ability to lift items weighing as much as 25 lbs.

Requirements for Employment:

Effective October 15, 2021, all employees of Sarah Lawrence College must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Exceptions to this requirement will only be considered for documented medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs. Any offers of employment will be contingent on successful completion of a background check and submission of proof of vaccination.

Position Type:

Full Time

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Sarah Lawrence is a prestigious, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Founded in 1926 and consistently ranked among the leading liberal arts colleges in the country, Sarah Lawrence is known for its pioneering approach to education, rich history of impassioned intellectual and civic engagement, and vibrant, successful alumni. In close proximity to the unparalleled offerings of New York City, our historic campus is home to an inclusive, intellectually curious, and diverse community.

Talented, creative students choose Sarah Lawrence for the opportunity to take charge of their education. In close collaboration with our dedicated, distinguished faculty, students create a rigorous, personalized course of study, conduct independent research, and connect a wide array of disciplines. They graduate knowing how to apply the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking necessary for life after college.

Sarah Lawrence College occupies 44 wooded acres in Yonkers, NY, near the Village of Bronxville—just north of New York City. A 30-minute train ride from the Bronxville station takes students into Midtown Manhattan.

In addition to our round-table classrooms, Sarah Lawrence has outstanding theatres, art and performance studios, and music spaces; modern science labs; state-of-the-art graphic computing equipment; competitive sports facilities; a 60,000-square-foot visual arts center; and recently renovated dining facilities.

Our students are men and women who share an enthusiasm for intellectual rigor, academic risk taking, creativity in all disciplines, and original and interdisciplinary work. We are particularly committed to having our faculty, administration, and student body reflect the social, racial, and economic diversity that characterizes our society. The College’s 1,377 undergraduate students come from nearly every state and from 53 countries; 84 percent of undergrads live on campus.

At Sarah Lawrence, students spend more time one-on-one with award-winning faculty than do students at any other college in the country.

Working At Sarah Lawrence College

As a Sarah Lawrence employee, you will join a warm, challenging, and diverse community that offers both quality of life advantages and tangible, valuable employee benefits.

When you work at Sarah Lawrence, you:

  • Receive outstanding benefits, such as medical, dental, and vision plans that exceed the standard plans offered by many companies and institutions, and an exceptional retirement plan through TIAA-CREF.
  • Have unparalleled educational opportunities, such as tuition benefits on campus for employees, their spouses, and their children; discounted tuition to the College’s renowned nursery school; and tuition benefit programs for dependent children who attend other colleges.
  • Have continuous opportunities for advancement, as it is College policy to fill vacancies by promotion or transfer whenever possible.
  • Enjoy boundless cultural experiences, including readings, lectures, music, theater, film screenings, dance performances, art exhibitions, and a state-of-the-art library, free to employees. · Have free access to the 48,000-square-foot Campbell Sports Center, with a six-lane pool, modern weight/fitness training center, squash courts, gymnasium, indoor track, outdoor tennis courts, and fitness classes, open to employees seven days per week.
  • Have several on-campus options for meals, plus off-campus discounts at local restaurants and stores.
  • Work in a convenient location close to all major highways, easily accessed from the Metro-North Harlem line, and 35 minutes from mid-town Manhattan.
  • Enjoy free parking on campus, a 10% discount at the college bookstore.
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