Utica College, a small comprehensive college in Upstate New York, is seeking an Assistant Director of Annual Giving, to participate in developing and implementing the strategic direction and planning process that focuses on raising philanthropic support from alumni celebrating a class or affinity reunion, in conjunction with the Class and Affinity Reunions Coordinator. In addition, this position will provide strategic oversight of the College’s tele-fund program.
In deciding whether to apply for a position at Utica College, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the UC mission and culture to help determine their potential success at http://www.utica.edu/instadvance/marketingcomm/about/. Our Mission and Values Statement includes a commitment to fostering diversity in background, perspective, and experience within an environment that is dedicated to the freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas. At UC, diversity means that we are a community that represents a range of human experience and makes conscious choices to appreciate, respect, and learn from each other. Utica College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society.
Primary responsibilities include:
Reunion Giving (60%):
Working closely with the Class and Affinity Reunions Coordinator, and collaborating with Development Officers managing assigned prospects, plan and implement a program to secure greater levels of annual support from alumni celebrating a class or affinity reunion in conjunction with Homecoming; Conduct face-to-face meetings with assigned prospective donors for the purposes of further qualification as to donor potential, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, both on and off campus according to the class and affinity of the prospective donor pool; Working closely with the Class and Affinity Reunions Coordinator, the Executive Director of Alumni Relations, and Development Officers, identify potential reunion volunteer leaders who can serve as motivators to members of their respective cohorts to build participation in in the reunion celebrations, and annual support to the College; Working with the Executive Director of Alumni Relations, partner with members of the Events and Activities Committee of the Alumni Council on reunion engagement opportunities/activities; Co-chair the Reunions Sub-Committee with the Class and Affinity Reunions Coordinator throughout the planning cycle to facilitate assignments on class outreach/timelines, and report back through the Homecoming Steering Committee; Assist in drafting external communications to class reunion volunteers to encourage alumni participation through philanthropic support and celebration activities.
Student Calling Program (30%):
Plan, execute, and manage all aspects of the telephone outreach program; Supervise the Graduate Assistant to ensure effective recruiting, hiring, and training practices of student workers; Ensure that sequencing and segmentation of key constituents are well-coordinated with all other aspects of the annual giving program, and other fundraising and stewardship programs as necessary; Provide accurate reporting of all data associated with the calling program to the Executive Director of Annual Support Programs; Facilitate the timely and accurate processing of all activity at the conclusion of each calling session including, but not limited to, the processing of pledges and credit card transactions, the transfer of data changes/updates to the appropriate departments, all required stewardship, and any other follow-up resulting from conversations with constituents; Monitor and report on the expenditure of all costs related to the Phonathon program including student wages and bonuses, food and snacks, recruitment, and any other related costs.
Other Duties (10%):
Provide operation and planning support for all annual giving programs as may be required.
Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum of 1-2 years of direct experience or an equivalent combination of experience and transferable skills. Experience in a college or university advancement office setting is highly desirable. Exceptional written and verbal communications skills; Must have strong organizational skills, great attention to detail, ability to manage multiple priorities and meet various deadlines, maintain confidentiality, possess a high level of energy and work effectively with others; A strong commitment to diversity and work continually to enhance diversity of our students, faculty, and staff; Demonstrated high level of proficiency using a computer and the suite of Microsoft applications (e.g. Word and Excel). Knowledge of networked information systems (e.g., Banner, PeopleAdmin.) a plus; Ability to understand and implement college policies and procedures; Ability to work a flexible schedule which at times will include working well into early evening hours as well as working at Office of Advancement sponsored events on and off campus which include, but are not limited to, Homecoming and Commencement; Must be able to work flexible hours if necessary.
Founded in 1946, Utica College is a private comprehensive institution distinguished for its integration of liberal and professional study. Our dedicated faculty and staff have built a tradition of excellence in teaching and learning with particular emphasis on providing individual attention to students. The College enrolls approximately 3,700 students – approximately 2,700 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students.
A city of approximately 60,000, Utica is located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the Mohawk Valley region of upstate New York. The area offers easy access to a broad variety of cultural attractions, including the historic Stanley Performing Arts Center and renowned Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, as well as four-season recreation.
To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Candidates for the position must include in their cover letter how you will advance our institutional values including serving a diverse community.
All application materials must be submitted online at the following link: http://uc.peopleadmin.com/postings/1888
Active consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. References will be checked for candidates invited to campus.
? Utica College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations.