As a member of the Annual Fund staff in the
Office of University Development, the Assistant Director of the Annual
Fund and Reunion Giving is responsible for directing three reunion gift
The assistant director will travel nationally to solicit donors; recruit
and train volunteers; develop and manage relationships with university
colleagues; and manage reunion events in various cities.
The position reports to the Director of Reunion Giving, Annual Fund.
- Direct three Reunion Gift campaigns
for undergraduate alumni celebrating their 5th, 15th, and 20th
reunions. Develop fundraising goals and strategies to realize both
leadership gifts and extensive class participation.
- Recruit, train, and manage reunion
gift volunteers (both current reunion year and pre-reunion year
volunteers), approximately 40-50 volunteers per class.
- Identify and prioritize leadership
giving prospects. Personally solicit leadership gifts from prospects
for whom suitable volunteer matches are not possible or when staff
solicitation is appropriate. Leadership giving is defined as gifts and
pledges between $1,000 and $250,000 to the Annual Fund.
- Maintain frequent contact with
volunteers through visits, correspondence, and telephone. Encourage
attendance at fall Volunteer Leadership Conference.
- Collaborate with Alumni Affairs on
planning Reunion Weekend programs and recruiting class leadership.
- Provide information and assistance
available to volunteers to support their ability to proceed with
recruitment, solicitations, and other assignments. Follow up with
volunteers to ensure completion of assigned responsibilities.
- Develop solicitation strategies with
Director of Reunion Giving.
- Monitor progress toward class goals.
- Adjust gift campaigns if progress is
not being made at satisfactory pace.
- Reunion Gift goal is $9.4M and 5,500
- National travel to solicit donors and
- Work with Major Gifts Officers to
coordinate solicitation and recruitment strategies for key prospects.
- Prepare and distribute call lists.
- Schedule appointments.
- Write trip reports.
- Ensure that new pledges and updated
donor information are accurately recorded.
- Follow up with thank you letters and
any information requested by donors.
- Develop relationships with development
officers across campus (i.e. Athletics, School of Business, Law
School, School of Medicine) to co-manage alumni with multiple
- Prepare solicitation strategies and
leadership volunteer suggestions for annual Comprehensive Reunion
- Manage reunion events in various
cities throughout the country.
- Plan events to encourage reunion
gifts, attendance at the reunion, and recruitment of new volunteers.
- Work with other Reunion Giving staff
members to write operating plans, quarterly reports, and mid-year
- Attend and participate in Annual Fund
events and gift club receptions (i.e. Homecoming, Graduation, Parentsí
Gala, Annual Fund Executive Committee weekends).
- Liaise with colleagues in
Communications to coordinate solicitations (letters, brochures, honor
rolls, etc.) for direct mail and phonathon campaigns.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- A demonstrated commitment to higher
education and the ability to articulate a persuasive case for annual,
unrestricted support of the University.
- Ability to manage multiple projects
simultaneously, working both independently and as a team member.
- Ability to travel regularly and to
work occasionally on weekends and evenings.
- Exceptional ability to think
strategically and analytically.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, sound
judgment, and experience handling confidential information.
- Strong initiative, creativity, and
attention to detail.
- High energy level, sense of humor,
enthusiasm, and flexibility are a must.
- Knowledge of the University.
- Bachelorís degree and at least one
year of relevant experience is required.