The Assistant Director works as a member of the Annual Giving team, to support Annual Giving's mission to serve as the base for Wright State University's philanthropic efforts.
Bachelor's Degree. One year experience in fundraising/development or three years related professional experience.
Exceptional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities and meet deadlines; ability to effectively work and interact respectfully within a diverse and inclusive environment; a strong commitment to higher education; possess high standards of integrity, credibility, and reliability to articulate the university's needs, opportunities and strategic goals with clarity and enthusiasm; Ability to participate in evening and/or weekend work-related activities related to Phonathon and events/meetings, and occasional travel.
Master's degree or demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships, including gift solicitation; ability to develop relationships with individuals with high net worth in a broad range of professions; proven track record of collaboration in a team environment; demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices associated with higher education development and annual giving; and an understanding of annual giving, leadership annual giving, major gifts and campaigns.
Essential Functions and percent of time::
50% – Supports the development of an aggressive annual giving program to foster untapped annual gift prospects, upgrade/cultivate established donors.
Coordinates all direct mail and email solicitations for the university (including data and appeal letters) and maintains a tracking system to monitor the success of each appeal
Strategically plans the annual giving solicitation calendar, coordinating between Phonathon, digital campaigns, direct mail, and the faculty/staff/retiree campaign. This includes delivering solicitations within established timelines; developing processes to ensure accuracy; and discovering and implementing best practices
In conjunction with the Director, plans and implements Wright State's annual faculty/staff/retiree campaign
Engages in direct face-to-face communications with faculty, staff, and retirees to solicit and secure leadership gifts ($1,000 and higher) through relationship building and affinity to Wright State, which may include the preparation of proposals.
20% – Utilizes data and discovers annual giving growth opportunities through data gathering and analysis. Works closely with the Director to identify constituencies and methods of solicitation for alumni, friends, and organizations to increase annual participation, funds, and retention and acquisition rates.
Reports the progress and results of solicitation efforts. Uses reporting tools and data to discover needs for improvement, continue successful approaches, and gauge individual and annual giving goals.
10% – In conjunction with the Director, manage the in-house student Phonathon program, hire, train, and supervise student call center.
10% – Student and young alumni solicitation program, and co-advise with the Office of Alumni Relations, the '67 Society, a student organization focused on alumni/student connections, building tradition and philanthropy.
10% – Provides additional support to the Office of Annual Giving and the Director, as well as other projects and duties as assigned.
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Wright State University serves nearly 18,000 students and offers more than 230 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional degree programs through eight colleges and three schools. Located in the city of Fairborn in Greene County, Ohio, Wright State is conveniently situated adjacent to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and is less than 10 miles from downtown Dayton. One of our eight colleges, Wright State University–Lake Campus, is a university-operated regional campus on the shores of Grand Lake St. Marys in Celina, Ohio. The Wright State alumni community is more than 109,000 strong. For more information please visit www.wright.edu.