The College seeks an Assistant Director of Annual Giving, who will report to the Senior Director of Annual Giving Programs. The Assistant Director of Annual Giving is responsible for recruiting, training, and managing volunteer leaders in most recent fifteen alumni classes to set and meet annual fundraising goals. The Assistant Director manages the College’s student phonathon and texting programs. He/she will collaborate with Advancement Operations colleagues to prepare reports as needed by the Senior Director and to regularly analyze and monitor data trends to identify opportunities and strategies to acquire additional support for the college. The Assistant Director is also responsible for recruiting seniors to participate on the Student Philanthropy Committee and direct the committee’s fundraising efforts for the Senior Class Gift. This position will recruit and direct all on campus engagement and solicitation programs related to the annual Giving Day. The Assistant director collaborates with the Manager of Alumni Networking and Affinity Programs to develop engagement opportunities for members of the most recent fifteen graduating classes.
Duties & Responsibilities:
• Develop, implement, and evaluate a solicitation plan to increase participation among alumni who graduated in the last fifteen classes. • Coordinate reunion-giving program for alumnae classes within assigned years. Plan, schedule, and assists in running assigned class reunion committee meetings. Recruit and train fundraising volunteers. Screen prospective donors; identify leadership prospect, research class giving, set class goals, and recommend individual annual giving asks. Coordinate volunteer assignments and track solicitations. • Recruit, train, supervise, schedule, and evaluates student phonathon callers. • Develop and Recommend annual strategy to utilize new texting program; execute approved plan. • Track progress for phonathon calling efforts related to securing donor participation and meeting fundraising goals. • Develop and closely follow solicitation calendar for all fiscal year fundraising efforts targeted to the senior class gift effort. • Recruit, train, and motivate students serving on Philanthropy Committee. • Conduct monthly analysis and projections toward meeting annual goals, identifying trends and opportunities to improve results to meet annual goals. • Plan and execute quarterly meetings with all fundraising volunteers in person and by phone. • Collaborate with the Manager of Alumni Networking and Affinity Programs to develop engagement opportunities for members of the most recent fifteen graduating classes. • Solicit fifty leadership annual gifts annually and document conversations in Raiser’s Edge. • Attend regional events where efforts can benefit attaining fundraising goals. • Assist with all aspects of alumni reunion weekend leading up to the weekend and at reunion weekend as needed. • Attend meetings and other donor and volunteer cultivation events as needed for annual giving solicitation. • Perform other related duties as assigned.
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 2-4 years of experience in fundraising preferred.
• Ability to lift items weighing as much as 25 lbs.
*This job description is intended as a summary of the primary responsibilities of and qualifications for this position. The job description is not intended as inclusive of all duties an individual in this position might be asked to perform or of all qualifications that may be required either now or in the future.
About Sarah Lawrence College
Sarah Lawrence College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has as one of its goals the recruitment and retention of a racially and culturally diverse administration, staff and faculty. To that end, every job opening is seen as an opportunity to increase diversity and every effort will be made to expand the applicant pool in accordance with these goals.
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