Director of Alumni Giving and President’s Council

Posted on 09/26/2022

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

About College of the Holy Cross:

Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,100 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College’s commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

Joining one of the nation’s leading Annual Fund teams and reporting to the Director, Annual Giving and Volunteer Engagement, the Director, Alumni Giving and President’s Council, will work to enhance, grow, and strengthen our annual giving programs for alumni and serve as the lead strategist for our annual leadership giving stewardship program, the President’s Council. The Director will collaborate with his/her colleagues in Annual Giving to ensure that goals are met and efforts are coordinated.

Major Areas of Responsibility

President’s Council

  • In collaboration with the Director, Annual Giving and Volunteer Management, oversee and serve as the lead strategist for the Presidents Council program with the overall goal of growing the President’s Council in dollars and donors to ensure continued financial success of the College’s annual giving programs.
  • In partnership with the Director, Annual Giving Strategic Marketing and Analytics, ensure that President’s Council branding, messaging, and stewardship are fluid across all annual giving areas.
  • Strategize on the multiple engagement opportunities for President’s Council members to support increased dollars and donors, and to support the College’s overall strategic plan and objectives.
  • Manage and direct the President’s Council Executive Committee, planning three meetings per year, communicating frequently with the national co-chairs, and engaging volunteers in the work of the President’s Council.
  • Partner with the Leadership Gift Officers to ensure growth at the upper levels of the President’s Council.
  • Increase the number of donors who can make President’s Council level annual contributions to the College.

Class-Based/Reunion-Based Programs

  • Oversee and manage the Annual Giving Fellows, Assistant and Associate Directors
  • In coordination with the Director, Annual Giving and Volunteer Engagement, establish annual goals for classes and reunions
  • Lead the Annual Giving staff in yearly reunion fundraising efforts executing and planning eighteen months in advance of the June reunion weekend
  • Coordinate progress for reunion gift efforts, using data and analytics to measure and analyze success.
  • Monitor the progress of volunteers, ensuring that classes and reunions are fully staffed with active and well-functioning volunteers and that goals are met annually.
  • Partner with the Director, Annual Giving to ensure appropriate volunteer leadership for classes and reunions. Similarly, partner to ensure that volunteers have the training and tools they need to be effective fundraisers for the College.


  • Manage a cultivated portfolio of prospects and travel to visit, cultivate, solicit, and steward assigned prospects.
  • Along with the Director, Annual Giving, the Director, Athletics Fundraising, and Director, Annual Giving Strategic Marketing and Analytics, serve as a key member of Annual Giving’s leadership team in the strategic planning and execution of Annual Giving goals to meet Campaign initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned or as necessary.
  • Conceive, develop, and implement innovative and creative solutions leading to continuously improved services. Provide a means for frequent and on-going feedback to the department on the effectiveness of services offered and of interaction with the public served. Utilize data and feedback to drive change and sustain standard practices while evolving the culture, policy and procedures and the College.
  • Recruit, hire, train and manage direct reports. Complete appropriate performance management program to ensure goals, objectives and expectations are communicated and completed in alignment with the overall College mission, division and department.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • 5-7+ years of experience working in development, or directly transferable experience
  • Proven track record in managing volunteers to attain goals
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work collaboratively and successfully with colleagues, prospects/donors, faculty, administrators, and volunteers to achieve common goals
  • Must be able to multi-task and work under deadline pressure
  • Must be able to work with and command the confidence of donors, trustees, volunteers and staff
  • Willing to work flexible hours, including nights/weekends and/or holidays during peak seasons

Core Competencies

Skills that are required for this job and are in line with the College’s mission e.g.

  • Supervision
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written and oral communications skills
  • Excellent supervisory and management skills; strong teamwork & team facilitation
  • Dependability
  • Service oriented
  • Consensus builder
  • Understands risk management
  • Innovator and problem solver; demonstrates critical, creative and reflective thinking
  • Keen attention to detail and comfort with ambiguity
  • Comfort in fast-paced environment with very deadline-driven metrics
  • Ability to professionally represent the college by demonstrating pride and loyalty
  • Ability for discretion
  • Sensitivity and understanding of work with diverse constituents
  • Extensive fluency in the College’s strategic direction, mission and fundraising priorities
  • Strong self-motivated work ethic
  • Exemplifies Holy Cross values and mission
  • Understand, values and respects diversity as an individual, in a team and within groups while fostering an inclusive and supportive environment.

The description above represents the most significant duties of this position but does not include other occasional work assignments not mentioned, the inclusion of which would be in conformity with the factor degrees assigned.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, exempt level position. The College is committed to providing competitive market pay for its employees. The annual salary for this position ranges from $105,000 – $114,000 and is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The College also offers a competitive benefits package for full-time staff, including:

  • 10% College contribution to the 403(b) Retirement Plan (1 year wait waiver available)
  • Hybrid work
  • NEW – condensed summer 4-day work week
  • Tuition benefits
  • Wellness programs & ongoing Training and Development opportunities
  • Generous paid time off
  • Free parking and free use of the athletic/fitness facilities.
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College Description

The College of the Holy Cross is a private, Jesuit Catholic, undergraduate institution serving approximately 3,100 students. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has a tradition of academic excellence. It is located atop Mount Saint James in Worcester, Massachusetts. The picturesque, 174-acre campus is an award-winning and registered arboretum.

Region Description

Worcester is a city of approximately 200,000 people centrally located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is approximately one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and three hours from New York City. Worcester is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth. Worcester offers many cultural and recreational opportunities

The College of the Holy Cross is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer.

A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).

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Application Instructions:

Please attach a cover letter addressing the position requirements along with your resume.

In your cover letter please address how your work supports the College’s mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more information, please visit

The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition. It enrolls about 3,000 students and is located in a medium-sized city 45 miles west of Boston. The College seeks faculty members whose scholarship, teaching, advising, and on- and off-campus service demonstrate commitment to the educational benefits of a richly diverse community. Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts ( and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (

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