Associate Director, Annual Giving

Posted on 02/17/2023

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Reporting to a Senior Associate Director of Annual Giving, the Associate Director plays an important role in the fundraising activities for one major reunion campaign at Princeton plus several off year classes by coordinating the fundraising efforts among the class with alumni volunteers, advancement office colleagues and campus colleagues.

The Princeton University Office of Advancement secures philanthropic support for the University’s highest priorities by engaging and stewarding Princeton’s alumni, parents, and friends. We rely on strong partnerships with our volunteers and campus partners. Our strategy emphasizes the long view, honoring the relationships nurtured by those who came before us and empowering those who come after us to successfully build on our efforts.

The Associate Director must demonstrate strong skills as a leader, motivator and project manager. Experience in fundraising, managing volunteers, sales and training or similar fields preferred.


  • Manage the fundraising activities for a major reunion campaign and several off year campaigns and staff and support the large alumni volunteer teams.
  • Work closely with volunteers to coordinate the efforts of the classes to maximize the effectiveness of fundraising goals.
  • Recruit, coordinate and motivate volunteers to engage potential class donors most effectively.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in other departments including Leadership Gifts, Principal Gifts, Gift Planning and other departments where we share prospects.
  • Understands the mission and needs of the University and ability to articulate them effectively to potential donors, volunteers, and other staff members.
  • Maintain and update information about donors in files and Development database.
  • Use technology effectively to research, organize, analyze and present data.
  • Analyze and synthesize data and information gathered from a variety of sources (electronic, printed, and people) in support of Annual Giving programs.
  • Produce reports which are clear and cogent and which support planning and decision-making for staff and volunteers.


  • Evidence of leadership ability as represented by experience as a project facilitator, trainer, fundraiser or similar position and effectiveness in working with diverse individuals in a team-oriented environment
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to set clear priorities and manage time well; the ability to work independently and make sound judgments about prospects, project management responsibilities, and all other areas of performance without close day-to-day supervision
  • Proven ability to develop and foster relationships with people at all levels of an organization, and to collaborate and influence at a high level
  • Ability to work with a high degree of flexibility in a highly-collaborative, fast-paced, goal-oriented environment.
  • Able to exercise the highest standards of professionalism and performance as evidenced by collaborative teamwork, initiative, critical thinking, good judgment, consistency of output, timeliness of follow-through and strength of written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and command the respect of colleagues, volunteers and donors
  • Demonstrated ability to participate meaningfully and creatively in goal setting, long- and short-term strategic planning, and problem-solving
  • Exercising discretion at all times and able to keep confidential all data related to Princeton and its alumni
  • Strong strategic planning and project management skills necessary to set and monitor progress against goals, to develop plans and time lines, and to measure success toward goals
  • Demonstrated success in motivating people especially volunteers and to inspire donors to make annual gifts
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Commitment to the Office of Advancement’s mission of maximizing philanthropic support for Princeton University and to adhering to its guiding principles of High Performance, Innovation, Civility, and Collaboration.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in higher education, University fundraising, alumni relations and/or volunteer management.
  • Familiarity with Princeton University.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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