St Edwards University
  • ADVN - Advancement
  • TX, USA
  • Full Time

Assistant Director of Annual and Individual Giving
University Advancement

Overview
The university recently publicly launched The Campaign for St. Edward's University: Opening Doors to Their World, a comprehensive fundraising campaign to support the academic priorities identified in The Strategic Plan 2015: Academic Distinctiveness and Global Preparedness. The university has already received the two largest gifts in its history as part of the campaign, and the top capital priorities have been fulfilled with the completion of funding and construction of the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center–South Building and the Munday Library. As a majority of the funding needed for capital priorities has been met, focus has transitioned to adding scholarship and faculty endowments and initiatives to enhance the continuing development of a vibrant campus life.

The Assistant Director of Annual and Individual Giving is part of a team of three – along with the Director and Associate Director of Annual and Individual Giving – that is responsible for securing gifts annually from alumni, parents of current students and alumni, individuals, faculty and staff, and graduating seniors. These operating gifts form a critical component of the current campaign, which was publicly launched in February 2014 with a goal of $100M toward which $74M has already been secured. The campaign will conclude in 2017. The Assistant Director manages a portfolio of 75-100 leadership annual prospects (President's Associates), and conducts fact to face solicitations seeking support for academic programs, scholarships, and co-curricular programs that support student development. In addition, the Assistant Director is charged with implementing a comprehensive program of solicitations via direct mail, email, and student Phonathons for a constituency of more than 17,000 with the goal of increasing year-over-year performance, in terms of both funds raised and donor participation. This position reports to the Director of Annual and Individual Giving.

Responsibilities

  • Identify, solicit, and renew leadership annual gifts in support of academic units and programs.
  • Manage a portfolio of 75-100 prospects capable of giving $1,000 or more annually and conduct 6-8 personal visits each month.
  • Interpret and analyze giving behaviors, trends, and outcomes and re-design strategies as needed to ensure goals are met.
  • Working with director, develop messages and identify segments for annual giving solicitations.
  • Oversee all aspects of direct mail and e-mail solicitations – from design and writing, through editing and proofing final copies, to liaising with the university marketing office or outside vendors to ensure timely production and dissemination.
  • Oversee all aspects of the student Phonathon program and serve as the primary staff liaison with the university's Phonathon software and management vendor, The Stockade Group (TSG): prepare draft scripts and follow up communications; work closely with Advancement Services team to insure the timeliness and integrity of data required; recruit, interview, hire, supervise and evaluate a team of student interns and Phonathon callers; coordinate initial semester training and refreshers as needed between our callers and the staff at TSG; follow up on each night's calling outcomes to ensure proper processing of gifts and updating of records; liaise with TSG and Phonathon interns throughout the semester to ensure smooth communication.
  • As a member of a cross-functional team, support the efforts of the assigned milestone reunion classes, conduct direct solicitations of reunion-year alumni, in person when possible, who are being asked for a President's Associates level gift and support the efforts of volunteers who are assisting in that effort.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Two years of experience in the advancement/development field in a higher education or other non-profit setting.
  • Telephone or in-person fundraising experience, either paid or volunteer, required.
  • Volunteer management experience required.
  • Enthusiasm for direct, regular, on-going interaction with donors, prospective donors and volunteers required.
  • Understanding and appreciation for private Catholic higher education required.
  • Familiarity with the educational charism of the Congregation of Holy Cross preferred.
  • Exceptional communication skills required, including the ability to write clear and compelling correspondence and to conduct effective one-on-one presentations.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to work in an office where teamwork and professional respect are the foundation for achievement are necessary attributes of the successful candidate.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office and database software programs is required.
  • Some evening and weekend work required. Must have valid driver's license and submit to an annual review of driving record.
  • Successful completion of an employment and/or criminal history background check required.

How to Apply
Qualified applicants are invited to apply for this position online. Please attach your résumé, letter of interest, and a list of three references to the online application. Due to the volume of anticipated inquiries, no phone calls, please.

St. Edward's University is an equal opportunity employer, and hires only U.S. citizens and documented workers.




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