Senior Associate Director of The Vassar Fund- Reunion Giving
Department: Alumnae/i Affairs & Development Office
Duration of Position: Full year / Full time
Position Type: Administrator
Posting Removal Date: Open Until Filled
Posting Number: 1001598
About Vassar College Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. Vassar College is a smoke free/tobacco free campus.
Position Summary and ResponsibilitiesReporting to the Director of The Vassar Fund, the Senior Associate Director of The Vassar Fund- Reunion Giving is responsible to oversee a co-hort of class volunteers who solicit gifts on behalf of the College. The Senior Associate Director oversees Reunion Giving by developing overarching strategies to ensure reunion dollars account for 25% of The Vassar Fund's annual revenue. This position directs the 50th Reunion classes fundraising, manages a portfolio of rated prospects that includes the donor engagement process and soliciting leadership annual gifts. Additionally, the Senior Associate Director supervises and oversees the day-to-day work of an Assistant or Associate Director, class fundraising volunteers and co-manages an Administrative Assistant.
Responsibilities: Reunion Giving:
Direct The Vassar Fund's Reunion Giving program, partnering with fellow Vassar Fund gift officers to seamlessly integrate reunion giving strategies into other program plans;
Set overall reunion current use unrestricted dollar, participation donor, and leadership donor goals in partnership with the Director of The Vassar Fund and the Sr. Associate Director for Leadership Annual Giving;
Develop and implement best practice methods and strategies to achieve goals. Recommending budgetary needs as applicable;
Institute a culture of securing multi-year unrestricted gift commitments from rated prospects;
Collaborate with Alumnae/i Engagement on Reunion strategies;
Oversee the execution of Celebrate Vassar during Reunion weekend;
Regularly track, review, and analyze reunion giving data to develop strategies. This includes weekly statistical reports and program recommendations;
Direct the three 50th Reunion classes fundraising, manage reunion committees and sub-committees:
Establish 50th reunion Vassar Fund donor and dollar goals in conjunction with class volunteer leadership;
Craft print and digital communications in support of class goals;
Recruit and train volunteers and assist volunteers in strategies;
Partner with Principal Gift Officers, Leadership Gift Officers, and the Vice President to ensure their 50th class prospects are solicited for current use support;
Partner with Gift Planning to market estate gifts;
Serve as a staff liaison on Alumnae/i Travel programs as needed when registrants are primarily from 50th classes. International travel may be required.
Oversee class fundraising volunteers in 10 classes, ensuring established goals are reached;
Recruit and train volunteers. Ensure 100% participation;
Craft print and digital communications in support of class goals;
Ensure each volunteer has peer assignments and conducts their outreach at strategic points in the fiscal year;
Lead training sessions and conduct conference calls.
Manage a portfolio of approximately 100 prospects, moving them through the process;
Secure a minimum of 50 meetings per year. Goals will be developed with the Director of the Vassar Fund based on the portfolio;
Develop strategies for top prospects to close gifts of $1,500-$100,000;
Upgrade leadership annual giving donors within the leadership giving society;
Secure bequests and other planned gifts as appropriate for donors;
Individually steward $5,000+ donors.
Supervise an Assistant or Associate Director and co-manage one Administrative Assistant;
Oversee day-to-day work to ensure best practices in assigned programs are implemented;
Coach Assistant or Associate Director on individual giving best practices;
Conduct annual performance evaluations for assigned personnel.
Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications Qualifications: Bachelor's degree, advanced degree preferred; 6+ years of annual fund experience in higher education, private schools, or a non-profit, including 3+ years of experience soliciting leadership annual gifts and understanding of prospect moves management, or equivalent experience. Experience in higher education preferred; Experience using CRMs and/or donor databases; Demonstrated ability secure five to six figure unrestricted gifts or similar experience in a related field such as sales; Experience managing volunteers and programs and enthusiastic about reunion giving; Familiarity with and commitment to a liberal arts education and the ability to articulate Vassar's fundraising priorities and mission to inspire increased giving; Demonstrated ability to make sound decisions, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines; Excellent interpersonal skills; Exceptional verbal and written communication skills; Ability to interact with diverse constituents; Highly proficient in Microsoft Office; Ability to travel for the College approximately 25% of the time required. Ability to work nights and weekends as needed. Must have a valid driver's license and passport.
Required Applicant Documents Resume Cover Letter Contact Information for 3 References
Optional Applicant Documents
Special Instructions to Applicants To complete your on-line application, you will be required to attach your cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 professional references. All attachments must be in PDF format. Review of applications will begin immediately. This position will remain open until filled.
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Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.
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