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Assistant/Associate Director of Reunion and Class Giving

Denison University
Granville, OH

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Position Type:

Administrative Staff

Classification Title:

Administrative Staff

Position Title:

Assistant/Associate Director of Reunion and Class Giving

Position Number:


Pay Grade Level:

AD 01


Annual Fund

Posting Number:

S 121301210

Full or Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Months:




Work Schedule:

Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week plus evening and weekend activities and occasional travel.

Basic Function:

Manage a variety of initiatives including providing oversight of the Annual Fund’s class fundraising volunteer programs to secure leadership level and participatory gifts, with a focus on reunion fundraising for classes celebrating Reunion 0 through 45th.

Essential Job Functions:

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS Alumni Volunteer Fundraising Program Management: 80% ● Administer a volunteer program to expand class giving at all participation levels. Plan, coordinate, supervise and implement the various volunteer activities to reach fundraising goals and objectives for reunion classes and ensure these committees reach their full potential. ● Create and maintain volunteer fundraising training manuals and materials in collaboration with other Annual Fund staff. ● Develop metrics to set and manage volunteer/class engagement goals for all committees; prepare and monitor reports on the progress of volunteer activities and determine whether to alter strategy based on results; and act as a champion for fundraising goals. ● In partnership with Major Gift Officers, Annual Fund and the office of Alumni and Family Engagement staff, identify, recruit and steward volunteer leaders and committee members to develop strong committees focused on fundraising. Communicate frequently to coordinate solicitations and adjust strategies for highlevel donors. ● Manage Volunteer Network Fundraising (VNF), the web-based volunteer portal, to assign prospects to volunteers and track outreach activities accordingly for each class o Serve as division contact for staff training and campaign oversight for VNF ● Support all volunteers through regular contact including personal visits, e-mail, and phone. ● Work collaboratively with the Advancement Communications and Marketing team to develop marketing communications strategy for class reunions and events. ● Maintain a high level of attention to detail as it relates to managing solicitation reports shared with volunteers, the creation of written solicitation strategies with volunteers, accomplishing projects and tasks in the prescribed time frame, and keeping colleagues engaged and informed as needed concerning program strategies. ● Oversee the updating of databases to monitor, discern and track the appropriate activities with various populations — such as volunteer recruitment, committee assignments, and donors. ● Maintain a portfolio of volunteers for cultivation and solicitation in support of Advancement’s annual participation goals. Cultivate and solicit alumni via personal outreach. ● Serve as Annual Fund liaison with the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement Event Planning: 15% ● Plan and implement a fall Volunteer Summit involving Denison Annual Fund volunteers, working in conjunction with the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement. ● Plan and implement an Annual Fund volunteer recognition program, including a presidential reception during Reunion Weekend, to recognize volunteers and leadership donors. ● Plan and implement class-specific engagement activities and events between reunions in conjunction with Annual Fund staff and the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement. Other duties & expectations: 5% ● Attend and staff events including the Fall Big Red Alumni/Parent Weekend, Commencement, Reunion Weekend and Volunteer Summit. ● Collaborate with other College offices to meet Denison’s fund-raising objectives. ● Participate in professional activities (e.g., presenting at STAFF or CASE workshops and conferences) to raise Denison’s visibility in the profession and to stay current with trends in the field. ● Participate as an active member of the university community by attending regular campus meetings (e.g. General Faculty meetings) and events (First-Year Induction Ceremony, Academic Awards Convocation). Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required. Demonstrate significant experience of at least one year in development or a related field such as Alumni Affairs, Public Affairs, Nonprofit Management or Public Relations. Detail oriented, and highly motivated. Strong organizational skills; excellent communication skills (oral and written); effectively represent Denison; demonstrated ability to work well with, lead, and train a diverse team of volunteers to reach fundraising goals, and work independently and as part of a team. Able to handle confidential material with utmost discretion. Travel required. Strong Excel skills including filtering, formulas and pivot tables.

Preferred Qualifications:

Professional or volunteer experience in higher education advancement a plus. Experience in reunion campaigns or short-cycle annual fund campaign fundraising, knowledge of the principles and practices which underlie individual giving are preferred. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge NXT or other fundraising database management systems preferred.

Physical Demands:

Must be comfortable in an office setting, operating general office equipment, including lifting boxes up to 20lbs.


Marie Thornhill

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must attach document with contact information for 3 professional references.

In our ongoing efforts to support the health of our community and continue to operate our campus safely, Denison requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 including a booster within the timeline guidance recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unless an Denison-authorized medical or religious exemption is approved prior to the first day of employment. For more information and resources regarding this policy as a condition of employment, please visit

Denison University Background Check Statement:

The final candidate will undergo a background check as a conditional offer of employment.

Denison University EEO Statement :

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to attract and hire candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities. Denison fosters a campus community that recognizes the value of all persons regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender expression and identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and antiracism (IDEA) at
Denison University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, Denison offers an authentic education in the fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Founded in 1831, Denison is one of the earliest colleges to be established in the old “Northwest Territory,” west of the Allegheny Mountains and north of the Ohio River. Denison is located in Granville, Ohio; 27 miles east of Columbus, the state capital.<img alt="denison_university1.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p> <p>Innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in the pursuit of knowledge and the cultivation of independent thinking. And because Denison is a residential college, students are deeply engaged as citizens of the campus community. They learn from one another in a rigorous academic setting, but also in rich social, cultural and political environments.</p> <p>As a residential undergraduate liberal arts college, Denison is among those places that have been called “distinctively American” in their contribution to higher education worldwide. In fact, it is one of a select number of institutions that today defines the type.</p> <p>Confident in the distinction of its graduates and advantaged by unusual resources, Denison has pointedly resisted the tendency in higher education to add layers of graduate degrees, professional schools, and service functions beyond the scope of baccalaureate education of the highest order. Entering its 177th year, Denison has maintained a fully residential campus based upon the well-tested premise that learning flourishes in community.</p> <p>Denison selectively admits successful, confident, and motivated students who seek to take advantage of highly participatory learning within classroom, laboratory, and studio and who expect to learn and grow through their investment in the challenges and opportunities of college life.<br /> The college attracts matriculants from across the country and more than three dozen nations. Denison engages students with outstanding professors in small classes that encourage men and women to take a high degree of personal responsibility for learning. Students pursue a major field of study selected from 39 areas offered by 28 disciplinary departments and interdisciplinary programs in the divisions of Natural Science, Humanities, Social Science, and Fine Arts as well as complete a sequence of General Education and a personalized curriculum of electives from across the college.</p> <p><img alt="denison_university2.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left;" typeof="foaf:Image" />A Denison education is not just for a living but for a life. Denison graduates are educated to be curious, resourceful, and reflective. They are expected to begin a life of learning at Denison, not complete it. They are well prepared for the rapidly changing world of the 21st century.</p> <p>Nothing defines a Denison education more than the mutually enriching relationships that develop between students and faculty. The heart of the college is a full-time faculty of almost 200. These men and women, who hold the most advanced degrees in their fields, are selected on the basis of pedagogical and scholarly ability and are encouraged to be innovative teachers whose continuing growth in their discipline through active scholarship allows them to be among the best at their craft. They look forward to the challenge and stimulation of their students even as they seek to draw the best efforts from them. Many Denison students come to regard professors as mentors, who frequently oversee students' independent scholarly projects.</p> <p>Denison’s faculty is committed to undergraduate education. As teacher-scholar-advisers, their principal responsibility is effective teaching informed by the best scholarship. Faculty members place a priority on working closely with students, interactive learning, and partnerships with students in original research. Denison’s low student/faculty ratio allows for close supervision of independent research and collaborative work in small groups and classes.</p> <p><img alt="denison_university3.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p> <p>At Denison, men and women learn and grow in community, and the residential character of the campus is more than a convenience but a way of engaging the full student body in a shared enterprise. The college actively seeks academically superior students who bring diverse talents, interests, backgrounds, and experiences, believing that out of the classroom as well as within learning takes place by sharing, questioning, and growing together. Denison students have unusual opportunities to participate in the arts, in athletics and recreation, in service to others beyond the campus, in student organizational life, and in campus governance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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