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Associate Director of Leadership Giving, Macalester Fund (Hybrid)

Macalester College
Saint Paul, MN

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The Macalester Fund seeks a skilled communicator and strong relationship manager to increase fundraising capacity through oversight of a comprehensive leadership annual giving program (Grand Society gifts of $1,600+).

This role oversees communications, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship efforts for prospective and current leadership donors. It will manage all efforts related to the 25th Reunion Class Gift, and partner with the Philanthropic Giving team to secure increased gifts from Reunion year alumni. This role will also conceptualize and execute special giving opportunities and challenges for leadership donors and will employ highly personalized digital engagement to work with their assigned portfolio.

A key deliverable in the first year will be standing up a new Student Ambassador Program with the goal of engaging and qualifying prospective leadership donors. The successful candidate will play a critical role in cultivating and growing a pipeline of new donors for our upcoming campaign and drive increasing rates of leadership annual giving. This role will have clearly defined goals related to activity, engagement, and fundraising outcomes.

This is a full time role, with a hybrid schedule (requiring 2-3 days a week onsite). 

About the Department:

The Macalester Fund is the annual giving arm of Macalester’s Advancement team, supporting Macalester students who influence change for the better across the globe. Gifts to the Macalester Fund support all aspects of Macalester and provide broad, annual, and essential support for everyone in the Macalester community. The nine person Macalester Fund team works collaboratively to develop community-centric engagement and fundraising strategies to secure annual gifts from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and parents. We approach our work through an equity lens, and pride ourselves on being innovative and forward-thinking.


Coordination of leadership annual gift solicitations

  • Manages a portfolio of up to 500 leadership giving prospects. Provides outreach, information, and invitations that increase engagement with Macalester, solicits annual gifts, and reports back to show the impact of giving. Execute monthly and quarterly touchpoint cadences to ensure consistent and relevant donor communication using a variety of channels (email, social, video conferencing, phone, in-person visits), and an AI fundraising enablement platform.
  • Works closely with the Philanthropic Giving team to coordinate and support leadership solicitations. Serves as a resource for best practices in leadership annual giving. Collaborates in establishing key performance metrics,  ask amounts, monitoring progress, and delivering measurable results. Refers qualified donors to Philanthropic Gift Officers when appropriate.

Communications and special projects

  • Coordinates with Macalester Fund colleagues to maximize leadership contributions via direct mail, email, phone, text, and social media. Conceptualizes and executes special giving opportunities and challenges for leadership donors. Collaborates with Director of the Macalester Fund and the Donor Relations team to steward and provide impact reporting for leadership annual donors. 

Student Ambassador Program oversight

  • Develops and oversees a strong Student Ambassador Program with the goal of incorporating student visits into the process of engaging and qualifying prospective donors. Partners with Macalester Fund colleagues to hire and supervise student workers to serve as Student Ambassadors. Ensures that student employees are provided training, information, support, and encouragement needed to experience success and serve as authentic ambassadors for Macalester. With support from the Advancement Operations team, uses currently supported systems and tools to identify prospective donors and enable student outreach. Adjusts strategies based on data analysis and outcomes of student outreach efforts.

Reunion and Volunteer Management

  • Manages all efforts related to the 25th Reunion Class Gift including recruiting and supporting gift volunteers, developing a gift pyramid, and creating and implementing strategies and tactics to reach participation and dollar targets. Partners with Alumni Engagement team to support 25th Reunion programs during planning process and Reunion weekend.
  • Develops gift pyramids for Reunion classes and partners with the Philanthropic Giving team to secure increased gifts from Reunion year alumni, including lead gifts from each class to be leveraged as challenge funds.
  • Works to secure gifts from Alumni Board members.
  • Collaborates with Senior Associate Director to help interested Class Agents solicit leadership gifts from their peers.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

  • Engages in and promotes Macalester’s culture of diversity and inclusion, encompassing individuals of any heritage, identity, status, or orientation.


  • Bachelor’s degree or 5+ years of relevant experience. 
  • 3+ years of experience managing projects and/or volunteers, soliciting philanthropic gifts and/or building relationships with clients, and comfort with engaging diverse constituents.
  • Knowledge of best practices in annual giving and volunteer management, including committee and board management.
  • Ability to analyze trends in relationship building and make recommendations about how to improve constituent experiences and engagement through that analysis.
  • Experience with project management of events, programs, and processes with multiple stakeholders.
  • Experience with email, social media, google, etc. Familiarity with Slate for Advancement or similar CRMs like Raiser’s Edge or Banner Advance. Ability to use multiple cloud-based platforms simultaneously.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, prioritization, and time management skills.
  • Handle confidential material responsibly.
  • Conduct interpersonal relationships maturely, thoughtfully, and empathetically, including the ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.



The annual salary for this position is $62,000-$67,000, depending on experience.  



At Macalester, we are proud to offer excellent comprehensive employee benefits. Here are some highlights:

  • 10% employer contributions to the retirement plan. 
  • Outstanding vacation and sick time packages, plus an additional 10 holidays.
  • Generous employer contribution to Health Savings Account.
  • Tuition assistance which pays between 75% - 100% of eligible tuition for employee dependents at select institutions.
  • Free primary care for most services through Nice Healthcare when enrolled in a Macalester health plan.
  • Access to the athletics fitness facility, wellness coaching, and activities.

These are just some of the great benefits Macalester has to offer! To see our full benefits packages and options, please visit our Benefits Page. 

Satisfactory completion of a criminal background check is a condition of employment.

Application Guidelines:

For best consideration, please submit your cover letter and resume through the Macalester Employment Opportunities. Review of applications will begin immediately. Priority will be given to candidates who apply by Friday, May 10th however, we will continue to accept applicants after this date. The interview process will begin after this date and the role will be posted until filled.

                                                                        Jaclyn Howard

Talent Acquisition Manager


Macalester College - Institutional Overview

Founded in 1874, Macalester College provides students with the inspiration, insight, and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Located in flourishing St. Paul, Minnesota, Macalester enrolls over 2,000 students from across the country and around the world. Macalester is a preeminent liberal arts college recognized for its student service and celebration of internationalism.

At Macalester, we look at our employees through a whole-person, holistic lens. With comprehensive benefits and well-being programs, we provide and enable our community members to grow and care for themselves, their families, and one another. Our whole-hearted fidelity to community-building and social justice exemplify these ideals. Macalester College continuously prioritizes a culturally diverse and pluralistic community. We value individuals of all backgrounds and lived experiences. 

Our rich blend of people holding varied identities enhances our strong commitment to multiculturalism and global citizenship. We seek candidates who reflect and strengthen our campus environment. Macalester invites and encourages everyone to apply who would add depth to our community including those from all sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, religions, abilities, and ages.


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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St. Paul

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