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Associate Director Philanthropic Giving - Parents & Families

Macalester College
Saint Paul, MN

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Works closely with colleagues from the Advancement Division, to raising $2,000,000+ each year for the college by creating and managing relationships with prospective donors capable of making gifts of $100,000 or more. Qualifies new donors, builds trust and understanding with those individuals through consistent and thoughtful engagement, develops a fundraising strategy for each, works with Advancement colleagues and across campus to match the individuals’ interests to college priorities, presenting proposals, and closing and stewarding gifts. Travels extensively as part of the work to raise funds.

  • Manages a portfolio of approximately 75 active constituents primarily capable of making gifts at $100,000+ level.
  • Develops relationship management plans that include cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Conducts 100 personal visits annually with donor relationships, including 12 gift solicitations at $100,000 or above.
  • Increases solicitation readiness by creating involvement opportunities for prospective and active parents. Participates in outreach events as appropriate.
  • Supports department by participating in regular activities including annual workplans, project-based planning, portfolio and strategy review, and involvement in other initiatives across advancement division.
  • Engages in and promotes Macalester’s culture of diversity and inclusion, encompassing individuals of any heritage, identity, status or orientation.



  • 1 to 3 years experience in development and fundraising, in particular with higher education institutions. 
  • Working knowledge of fundraising cycle and techniques to generate outright and deferred gift support.
  • Ability to evaluate research about giving prospects and translate knowledge into strategy and tactics to grow major gifts pipeline.
  • Ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously which require varying skills and tactics (i.e. balance portfolio management between prospects needing both short, medium and long range attention.)
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite of programs (Word, Excel), Slate or other fundraising database/software, Google Mail and Google Calendar.
  • Excellent organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail with facility for managing many projects simultaneously. Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively up to 120 days annually, including occasional weekend travel.

  • It is expected that all Advancement employees:- have an appreciation for the value of a liberal arts education- are able to work respectfully with sensitive and confidential information- build positive, professional relationships that underscore confidence in Advancement among colleagues, across campus and with our constituents.

  • Demonstrates the commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity. Actively engages in learning and practicing principles of social justice and inclusion to increase individual capacity to support institutional changes that create and sustain a more welcoming and inclusive environment across the Macalester Community.


  • Comprehensive understanding of the current dynamics impacting college students and parents.


Compensation $75,000 to $90,000 DOQ


Application Guidelines

For best consideration, please submit your cover letter and resume as one PDF through the Macalester Employment Opportunities webpage by July 1, 2022.  Review of applications will begin immediately. All inquiries about this position should be directed to:


Jaclyn Howard

Talent Acquisition Manager

[email protected]


Macalester is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from everyone who would add richness to our community, including people of color, individuals with disabilities, women and LGBTQIA+ individuals.



Macalester College - Institutional Overview

Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students with the inspiration, insight, and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Macalester enrolls nearly 2,100 students who come from virtually every state and 91 countries. Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college known for its high standards of scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.Macalester is proud of its longstanding commitment to social justice and creating a safe environment for all people regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, gender, religion, age, or ability. Macalester is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from everyone who would add richness to our community, including people of color, individuals with disabilities and women.BenefitsMacalester employees enjoy a fantastic benefits package and working environment that is second to none. Please visit for more information about benefits at Macalester College.Our Commitment to Safety in response to COVID-19:For the safety of our community, Macalester requires all employees to have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Should a newly hired employee be unable to receive the vaccination for either medical or religious reasons we offer accommodations and assistance.Questions or concerns about this process should be directed to Bob Graf, Director of Employment Services, at [email protected]


Working for Macalester College 

Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students the inspiration, insight and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Classes are taught by faculty whose passion is teaching and whose scholarship gains national recognition.
Two great cities at your doorstep. Macalester is nestled in a lovely, residential neighborhood–minutes from downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis–which offers students a wealth of internship opportunities in business, finance, medicine, government, law, the arts, and more.

Macalester students are citizens of over 90 countries.

Our faculty earned their advanced degrees from some of the best schools in the world, and they remain thought-leaders in their fields

Macalester students enjoy a wealth of resources for research on and off campus–specialized laboratories, libraries, museum collections, distinct population groups for surveys, even a natural history center. Often students undertake research that makes real contributions to their discipline. They publish papers in scholarly journals, participate in conferences, and provide analysis for policy makers and real-world use.


Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college with an educational program known for its high standards for scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.

Statement of Purpose and Belief

At Macalester College we believe that education is a fundamentally transforming experience. As a community of learners, the possibilities for this personal, social, and intellectual transformation extend to us all. We affirm the importance of the intellectual growth of the students, staff and faculty through individual and collaborative endeavor. We believe that this can best be achieved through an environment that values the diverse cultures of our world and recognizes our responsibility to provide a supportive and respectful environment for students, staff and faculty of all cultures and backgrounds.

We expect students to develop a broad understanding of the liberal arts while they are at Macalester. Students should follow a primary course of study in order to acquire an understanding of disciplinary theory and methodology; they should be able to apply their understanding of theories to address problems in the larger community. Students should develop the ability to use information and communication resources effectively, be adept at critical, analytical and logical thinking, and express themselves well in both oral and written forms. Finally, students should be prepared to take responsibility for their personal, social and intellectual choices.

We believe that the benefit of the educational experience at Macalester is the development of individuals who make informed judgments and interpretations of the broader world around them and choose actions or beliefs for which they are willing to be held accountable. We expect them to develop the ability to seek and use knowledge and experience in contexts that challenge and inform their suppositions about the world. We are committed to helping students grow intellectually and personally within an environment that models and promotes academic excellence and ethical behavior. The education a student begins at Macalester provides the basis for continuous transformation through learning and service.

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