Associate Director of Laurentian Engagement and Annual Giving

Posted on 04/12/2024

St. Lawrence University

Canton, NY

Position Summary:
Reporting to the Executive Director of Laurentian Engagement and Annual Giving (LEAG), the Associate Director of LEAG is responsible for all athletic engagement and fundraising (non-major gift level). In partnership with Athletic Department staff, they are charged with developing an athletics supporter club comprised of alumni representatives for its Division III and non-divisional teams in order to drive engagement, mentorship, and philanthropy. The Associate Director, who will serve as a primary campus liaison for both this Club as well as the Division I Hockey Alumni Association, will work with coaches and volunteers on athletic-dedicated fundraising initiatives and projects, including appeals, giving challenges, etc. They will also plan, coordinate and staff strategic athletic-affinity events both on- and off-campus, and as a volunteer management expert, will help manage at least one Reunion milestone annually.


(50%) In partnership with the Executive Director, manage a general athletics Club and the Hockey Alumni Association.
This includes:
    • Recruiting, engaging, soliciting, and stewarding members of the athletic volunteer organizations.
    • Planning and executing on-campus meetings and events, including HAA meetings, Legends of Appleton, and athletics supporter club meetings and events.
    • Developing a strategic solicitation plan for Saints alumni and families, including donor challenges and special initiatives. A blend of both budget relief and budget enhancement fundraising is expected.
    • Coordinate strategic priorities with major gift staff, including restricted current-use, endowment and capital support.
    • In partnership with the Executive Director of Laurentian Engagement and Annual Giving, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of alumni and parents for leadership-level gifts annually.
    • In partnership with the Senior Associate Director of Laurentian Engagement and Annual Giving, develop, implement, and evaluate a strategic plan to increase the number of athletics donors.
(25%) Plan and staff both on- and off-campus athletic events as assigned, while traveling to meet with Laurentian donors, prospects, and volunteers.

(15%) Manage at least one Reunion milestone celebration annually as well the annual Athletics Hall of Fame events during the weekend.
This includes recruiting volunteers, serving as a primary contact, and participating in the weekend’s events.

(10%) Perform other duties as assigned to support University Advancement’s goals and objectives. 

Minimum Qualifications: 
  • An undergraduate degree is required.
  • Three years minimum experience in fundraising, higher education, athletics, alumni relations, or a similar field preferred.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in The Raiser’s Edge preferred.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within a team, build effective relationships, and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with Laurentians with the highest degree of professionalism.
  • A willingness to travel frequently and to work some evenings and weekends.


Salary Range $58,459 – $60,000 annually

Special Instructions to Applicant: 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be directed to Joe Keniston, Executive Director of Laurentian Engagement and Annual Giving, [email protected].

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

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