CONNECTICUT COLLEGE is conducting a national search for an an ambitious, energetic professional to join a successful Annual Giving team in its department of Advancement. The Associate Director of Annual Giving will serve as a member of the Connecticut College Fund team as a frontline fundraiser and volunteer manager, securing leadership level gifts from a portfolio of alumni and parent prospects. The Associate Director will manage all reunion classes and committee volunteers (excluding the 50th reunion) in and effort to achieve dollar and participation goals, and will plan, coordinate and manage a variety of Annual Giving programs and events, including the leadership giving societies (1911 and Synergy) and our recurring giving societies (Granite) including direct mail and email communications and the College's annual 1911 Society Gala. The 1911 Society recognizes the generosity of our members who have given $1,911 + annually to the College. The Synergy Society recognizes recent graduates whose membership is determined by annual giving at a discounted rate based on the class year and the Granite Society recognizes those who give recurring gifts in any denomination.
The Associate Director is responsible for planning and coordinating a variety of fundraising activities and programs to promote philanthropic support of the Connecticut College Fund from alumni, as well as parents of current and former students. The Associate Director will provide support and management of Reunion Committee volunteers; provide direct support to the 1911 Society and Synergy volunteers and plan and execute society events including the annual gala, regional donor events and a gathering of members at Reunion. S/he will develop and execute both direct and email appeals; develop and maintain personal contact with portfolio of alumni and parent prospects through fieldwork, phone and email to develop their relationship with the College and the Office of Advancement; and act as a resource to provide information, access and stewardship to all prospects and volunteers. Expected travel is approximately 20% (4-5 days per month).
Bachelor's degree with 3 - 5 years of relevant work experience required; fundraising, preferably in higher education; excellent interpersonal, analytical, organizational and leadership skills; outstanding verbal and written communication skills; ability to independently initiate, organize, and follow through with programs is required. Other requirements include: strong computer skills, willingness to learn reporting software, ability to analyze and interpret data in order to develop effective solicitation and engagement strategies. Willingness to travel both locally and nationally as well as work evening and weekend hours as needed.
Thorough applicant credentialing will be conducted, including criminal records check, on the selected applicant. AA/EOE