Assistant Director of Annual Giving

Posted on 01/13/2023

Ohio Northern University

Ada, OH

The Assistant Director of Annual Giving is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to increase funding to Ohio Northern University, prioritizing the Northern Fund. This includes being detail-oriented, setting program goals, strategic planning abilities and possessing advanced interpersonal and communication skills. This position will recruit, organize and motivate student employees to raise unrestricted gifts and increase participation in the annual fund. Evening and weekend work will be required. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to: event planning, direct mail, e-solicitations, reunion programming and Founders Day in coordination with the Director of Annual Giving.

The Assistant Director of Annual Giving will work collaboratively with the director of annual giving to manage annual giving fundraising efforts at Ohio Northern University. Job responsibilities include the development and implementation of strategies targeted at acquisition, retention, and reactivation of donors through various fundraising methods which may include, but are not limited to phone, email, crowdfunding, and in person solicitation.

Principal Responsibilities: 

  • Plan, implement, and provide metrics and reporting for a phonathon program to retain phone loyal donors.
  • Facilitate daily, weekly and monthly pledge reminder process
  • Recruit, hire, train, and supervise student employees.
  • Assist with digital engagement, virtual programs, or in-person events, including planning, implementation, and evaluation. Examples include, but are not limited to Founders Day, Campus Campaign, Reunion Weekend, Homecoming, Annual Lehr Society Banquet.
  • Plan and implement donor acquisition, stewardship and retention efforts including, but not limited to ThankView, Annual Lehr Benefits, First Time donors, digital engagement and phone calls through phonathon, direct mail, email, digital marketing, social media, texting, etc.
  • Update BANNER and provide constituent information and data updates as needed.
  • Research and develop student philanthropy awareness programs. Provide informational sessions to students about the importance of being philanthropic. Create a pipeline of future alumni donors
  • Manage, market and support Crowdfunding program webpages and request process.
  • Oversee event and donation software. Create and manage event registrations. Build and monitor donation forms.
  • Assist with planning, organizing, marketing, and execution of Reunion programming.
  • Organize and facilitate the 50th reunion giving program.
  • Support Founders Day through reviewing materials, timelines and day of event logistics.
  • Interpret and apply a variety of procedures, policies, and precedents. For example, managing requests for information from alumni and friends.
  • Develop a professional network of colleagues to conduct regular benchmarking and for a sounding board to test new initiatives or ideas
  • Regularly communicate with constituents.
  • Manage and respond to delicate donor relations matters.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills: 

  • Demonstrate analytical and strategic thinking abilities
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously
  • A sense of creativity and open to new ideas
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • Leadership skills and the ability to work cooperatively with senior officers, trustees, student employees and volunteers
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Work within budgetary guidelines, assuring effective strategies with given resources
  • Positive attitude and commitment to continuous improvement

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • One to three years related fundraising experience or equivalent required

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience using database applications, Banner preferred
  • Experience managing a phonathon
  • Previous supervisory experience
  • Knowledge of and experience using automated phone systems.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, and other Microsoft Office software
  • Experience in a higher education setting
  • Ability to convert technical data into formal reports
  • Other duties as assigned

Benefits Summary: 

Benefit package includes: Medical, Dental, Vision, and Prescription insurance, Life insurance, Workers’ Compensation insurance, Unemployment insurance, and Total Disability insurance. Retirement: The University contributes 4% of the regular salary with up to 3% additional in matched contributions into the TIAA Retirement Program. Other benefits include tuition remission for employee, spouse, and employee’s dependent children under the age of 25 (this does not include the last two year of the PharmD program or the JD), twenty days of vacation and twenty days of paid medical leave per year.

ONU is an equal employment opportunity employer. Accordingly, no person shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, transgender status, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. This policy applies to all areas of employment including recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, discipline, separation and other terms, condition and privileges of employment.

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