Assistant/Associate Director of Annual Giving

Posted on 06/05/2024

University of Vermont Foundation

Burlington, VT

The Assistant/Associate Director of Annual Giving for Direct Marketing and Communications assists in the management of the direct marketing fundraising program that supports the strategic objectives of the UVM Foundation and the philanthropic priorities of the University of Vermont. This person applies their creative and detail-oriented talents to written and multi-media outreach campaigns, working in partnership with key constituents to help share their stories and inspire engagement. This is an outstanding opportunity for someone who has relevant experience, but also great potential for growth.  
The UVM Foundation is committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.
We want to hire colleagues who bring a diversity of experiences, talents, and viewpoints to their work. So, if you think you can’t check off every box on the position description, but are confident you can contribute to our efforts, please don’t hesitate to apply. We are open to hiring at the Assistant or Associate Director level depending upon experience. If hired at the Associate Director level, this staff person will lead several larger annual campaigns, working closely with campus partners to achieve their fundraising goals.

Essential Functions:

40%    Develop, write, and send annual giving solicitations for the Annual Giving Office at the UVM Foundation. Help to create, coordinate, and execute these solicitations through multiple communication channels (mail, email, text, and social media). Write, edit, and proof content for annual giving fundraising materials, campaigns, and communications. Work with the Executive Director of Annual Giving to create annual solicitation goals and metrics.

40%    Work with Foundation and campus partners on targeted fundraising solicitations to a variety of UVM constituents.  Projects will include leading strategy discussions, developing of content and materials, coordinating the timing of solicitations, and keeping the projects on-time and up-to-date.

15%     Develop new or enhanced skills in one or more of the following areas to expand and improve our work: (1) graphic design, (2) data mining and segmentation, (3) video production and editing, (4) frontline fundraising.   

5%       Other duties as assigned

Specific standards of performance will be captured as metrics in an annual business plan.

Desired Skills and Abilities:

  • Team-oriented style and a deep desire to collaborate with others.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Strong willingness to learn fundraising marketing and communication skills and strategies.
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite; familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Must be deadline-driven and have a strong attention to detail.
  • Self-starter with the ability and desire to achieve a high level of productivity and success and to consistently seek new opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Effective problem-solver, able to flexibly adapt in a complex environment.
  • Collaborator and team player, with a track record of working effectively with others toward common goals.
  • Connector with strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills. 
  • Effective communicator with the ability to present oneself professionally.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, combined with the ability to meaningfully apply those principles to strategy development and implementation.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and some professional or personal experience in fundraising, communications, and/or direct marketing.

Salary Range: $55,000 – $72,000 per year

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