Assistant Director of Annual Giving – Direct Marketing and Communications

Posted on 08/08/2022

UVM Foundation

Burlington, VT

This is a tremendous opportunity for a motivated, people-focused and team-oriented person to help drive our program towards success!

The Assistant Director of Annual Giving for Direct Marketing and Communications will assist 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. Successful candidates will be creative communications professionals who are collaborative and very comfortable using data to drive strategic thinking and the implementation of comprehensive direct marketing programs. The Assistant Director will report to the Executive Director of Annual Giving.

Please review the complete description of this opportunity and send us your materials so we can begin getting to know you.

Essential Functions

  • 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 (50%)
  • Work with Foundation and campus partners on targeted fundraising solicitations to a variety of UVM constituents. Projects will include leading strategy discussions, developing content and materials, coordinating the timing of solicitations, and keeping the project on-time and up-to-date (45%)
  • Other duties as assigned (5%)

This role has the opportunity to build skills in one or more of the following areas to broaden unit capabilities:

  • graphic design
  • data mining and segmentation
  • video production and editing
  • frontline fundraising

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

Desired Skills & Abilities

  • Team-oriented style and a deep desire to collaborate with others.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, combined with the ability to meaningfully apply those principles to strategy development and implementation.
  • 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

Minimum Education & Experience

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

Applications will be accepted until the positions is filled.

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.

Inquiries and nominations may be directed to:

Kevin Morgenstein Fuerst
Executive Director of Annual Giving
UVM Foundation
411 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
[email protected]

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