Associate Director of Classes and Volunteer Engagement

Nashville, Davidson County
Jul 23, 2014


The Associate Director of Classes and Volunteer Engagement will be responsible for the recruitment, direction and management of fundraising volunteers for three Reunion class giving campaigns per year (Goal: 125-200 volunteers).  The purpose of these volunteers will be to ask for contributions, thank classmates for participation and recruit additional volunteers.  The Associate Director will serve as the primary point of contact for the Fundraising Chairs and committees and will work in conjunction with the Director of Volunteer Outreach for Undergraduate Schools to execute a plan designed to increase number and impact of volunteers.  Successful candidates will possess strong organizational and communication skills, ability to work independently but also collaboratively in a team environment, goal-oriented mindset and innovative thinking.  This position reports to the Director of Volunteer Outreach for Undergraduate Schools in the Office of Annual Giving. 
Key Areas of Responsibility with Detailed Duties:
Volunteer Management
  • Recruit Fundraising Chairs for each of the three classes, usually 12 months in advance of Reunion.
  • Solicit volunteers as needed for annual gifts to ensure 100% participation level from volunteers.
  • Manage and engage fundraising volunteers by providing them necessary tools, strategies, etc. to meet goals.
  • Assist and guide each Fundraising Chair as they recruit a committee of 40-75 classmates while also recruiting additional volunteers where appropriate.
Develop and implement fundraising strategy and timeline for each class.
  • Set dollar and participation goals in conjunction with class Fundraising Chairs and Vanderbilt development staff members.
  • Collaborate with major and annual gift officers who are assigned prospects in Reunion years to recruit volunteers, encourage contributions, provide Reunion information, etc.
Steward Fundraising Chairs and committee members throughout and post-Reunion.
  • Capture meaningful data around the impact of volunteer outreach on Reunion.
  • Work in partnership with Information Management, Research & Prospect Development, gift officers, Reunion Weekend Office and others as needed to identify potential future volunteers.
  • Facilitate and staff events crucial to Reunion fundraising success such as the Reunion Leadership Conference, Reunion Weekend parties, etc. 
  • Collaborate with Director of Volunteer Outreach and DAR Communications to design content for direct mail and email solicitations through the Reunion campaign.
  • Work with Reunion Weekend Office to coordinate messaging for mailings and emails. 
  • Direct messaging and content for other Reunion materials as needed.  
Preferred Education, Skills and Experience:
  • Preferred experience with higher education development
  • Experience with recruiting and managing volunteers
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Creative thinking an ability to articulate and implement programmatic visions
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
Some evening and weekend work as needed. 

Basic Qualifications

Job requires Bachelor's and 1 year of experience or the equivalent.

Job Development and Alumni Relations

Primary Location TN-Nashville-Baker Building

Organization DAR - Annual Giving 144430