Assistant Director of Annual Giving

Posted on 06/26/2024

Davidson College

Davidson, NC

The Assistant Director of Annual Giving is responsible for leading Class Ambassadors and Reunion volunteers, student/young alumni philanthropy, direct solicitation, and portfolio management, and contributing to the overall operational strategy of The Fund for Davidson. This position manages the 5th,10th and 15th Reunion class chairs and committees, and manages 150 donor prospects and volunteers through the stages of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. This position also manages the Senior Class Gift Chairs. Specific responsibilities include: meeting The Fund for Davidson’s dollar and participation goals primarily through managing volunteers, student philanthropy initiatives, and donor cultivation and solicitation events. This person is responsible for completing 30-50 meaningful interactions with assigned prospects and collaborates closely with the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement.  This position reports to the Associate Director of Annual Giving. 

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Class Volunteer Management (40%): Identify, recruit, train and manage Fund for Davidson volunteers from the Millennial and Gen-Z cohorts including Class Ambassadors, Reunion Gift Chairs, and Reunion Committees, for the purpose of creating class affinity, engagement, and reaching class participation and dollar goals. Plan, prepare for, hold and follow-up from volunteer calls and meetings. Devise and execute fundraising strategies for each class and regularly provide updated fundraising information statistics to volunteers through the year.
  • Millennial/Generation-Z Engagement and Philanthropy (30%): In partnership with the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement, develop and execute strategy to build the student to donor pipeline. Work with young alumni leadership volunteers to increase the number of households who give at the leadership level. This position also manages our Senior Class Gift Chairs and executes programming geared towards student philanthropy. 
  • Direct Solicitation (20%): Conduct 30-50 individual meetings with donors annually (with emphasis on leadership donors) for cultivation, solicitation, and/or stewardship purposes. Maintain a precise record of donor contacts through the prospect management system and prepare timely reports. 
  • June Student Calling (10%): Manage end of fiscal year student calling program with the goal of increasing alumni participation. 

Additional Information:

Night and weekend work required when related to special events/initiatives throughout the year. This position requires up to 20% travel. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree

Desired Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate will have experience in higher education, fundraising, alumni and/or constituent relations, volunteer management, public relations, nonprofit administration and/or related fields.
  • Minimum 1 year of development or related experience. 
  • High degree of personal initiative.
  • Flexibility and adaptability, especially in working collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Strong desire and ability to work effectively with persons from diverse generational, religious, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability and cultural backgrounds.

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