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 Annual Fund and Alumni Relations Manager

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With primary focus on the Annual Fund, the Annual Fund & Alumni Relations Manager will play a key role in the expansion of the fundraising program.

The Manager will work with senior leadership to develop strategies and implement tactics that will successfully increase philanthropic support from key constituencies.

Through direct mail and personal solicitations, the Manager will focus on renewing and upgrading of current donors, as well as increasing the overall participation rate of Institute alumni in the Annual Fund.

The Manager will oversee the activities of the alumni association, including the alumni board of directors and key alumni events, such as reunion activities.

Provides stewardship and fosters relationships among various constituencies to increase both volunteer participation and financial support.

Annual Fund:
  • Works with Director of External Relations to set performance goals for the annual fund, and strategies to achieve them.
  • Organizes annual fund solicitations, including timing and nature of appeals, writing copy, working with outside vendors (as necessary) to manage all aspects of production.
  • Conducts personal solicitations, as well as staffing Director of External Relations and/or the President to facilitate solicitations by them, where appropriate.
  • Manage stewardship activities to assure regular contact with donors by President, Director of External Relations, or other key individuals.

Alumni Association:

  • Serves as liaison to Alumni Association Board of Directors, committees, and chapters.
  • Works closely with alumni in planning activities and programs.
  • Maintains communications with alumni, encouraging long-term relations.
  • Serves as liaison to the Alumnae Association to foster joint activities and maintain strong relationships.


  • Bachelorís degree required, with a minimum of 4 - 5 years of development experience, preferably in higher education.
  • Demonstrated skill in gift solicitation.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Ability to represent the Institute to external constituents and work effectively with internal constituents across several levels including the president, program directors and trustees.
  • Experience in planning and managing special events and fundraising activities. Experience in identifying, training and working with volunteers.
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