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 Associate Director, Parents Projects

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To direct special gift solicitations from a prospect pool of parents of University students and alumni.

  • Develops plans and strategies for soliciting major and special gifts from parents of students and alumni.
  • Works extensively with senior University administrators and prominent parent alumni.
  • Conducts, and accompanies volunteers on, visits with potential donors; provides necessary staff support, including research reports, written proposals, introductory, and follow-up letters.
  • Utilizes considerable initiative, independence, originality and responsibility for developing new methods and techniques.
  • Travels regionally and nationally to conduct special gift solicitations (defined as five-year pledges of $5,000 or greater).
  • Works with School/University faculty, administrators and students to encourage good public and community relations.
  • Develops extensive knowledge of School/University programs and projects, which can be matched with potential donor interests.
  • Provides general oversight of the parent fund program.
  • Assists the Director of Advancement, Parent Projects in planning and executing capital campaigns, prospecting, developing proposals and solicitation strategies for major donors.
  • Manages parent, alumni and advancement events, as assigned.


Works closely with prospect research officers in identifying and tracking major and special gift prospects.

Provides staff support to the Associate Vice President of Advancement, the Director of Advancement, University Projects, and the volunteer leadership of parents program in the solicitation of selected major and special gifts prospects.

Represents the Division of Advancement at meetings, programs, events and other activities as appropriate.

Assists the Director of Advancement, Parent Projects with preparation of the annual operating budget broken down by programs and initiatives.

Enhances professional knowledge and skills through attendance at seminars/workshops and the review of professional literature.

Performs other work-related duties as requested.


General supervision is received from the Director of Advancement, Parent Projects, as necessary; supervision is also received from the Associate Vice President of Advancement, School Programs.


Functional supervision is exercised over support staff positions and volunteers located throughout the United States.


A Bachelorís degree is required, or an equivalent combination of training and experience is necessary.

A minimum of four years experience managing development activities, to include at least two years experience in front-line fund raising, is necessary.

Strong organizational and interpersonal skills are necessary.

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