Director of the Annual Fund & Alumni Giving

Denison University
February 19, 2023
Offerd Salary:$1,000
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Position Type Administrative Staff

Classification Title Administrative Staff Position Title Director of the Annual Fund & Alumni Giving Position Number A00040 Pay Grade Level AD 01 Salary Competitive based on qualifications. Expected salary range will be discussed with candidates selected for screening interviews. Department Annual Fund Posting Number S 121301050 Full or Part Time Full Time Number of Months 12 Position End Date FTE 1 Work Schedule

This is an exempt position. Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week. Regular travel, frequent evening and weekend work.

Denison University has partnered with Aspen Leadership Group in the search for a Director of the Annual Fund. You may view the position prospectus or submit an application via this link: https: // .

Basic Function

Manage all annual giving staff, volunteers, and activities. Design and implement a comprehensive solicitation strategy utilizing advanced technologies, targeted segmentation, and data analysis to enhance revenue for both restricted and unrestricted giving while also expanding the alumni participation percentage.

Essential Job Functions

  • Create, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive, multi-year plan to increase donors and dollars in support of the Denison Annual Fund to meet annual revenue goals and strengthen alumni participation
  • Successfully utilize CRM and other Advancement technologies to analyze data and evaluate trends to determine strategies and activities to assist in reaching goals.
  • Determine segmentation strategies to maximize response rates and revenue for each activity, leading to increased revenue and alumni participation
  • Serve as the leader of the Denison Annual Fund team, providing advice, support, and guidance to staff and volunteers
  • Evaluate staff and program performance on an ongoing basis
  • Provide the framework for, and oversight to, goalsetting and benchmarking, recognition of volunteers and donors, events, volunteer recruitment, training, and support, along with related activities of identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors
  • Manage and direct the daily operations and overall strategy of the Denison Annual Fund
  • Monitor progress toward the annual and multi-year goals
  • Evaluate and when applicable, execute new activities using new technologies, advanced customization for specific audiences, and enhanced digital strategies
  • Engage in a continuous, systematic review and analysis of all Annual Fund activities to find ways to do things more effectively and efficiently
  • Coordinate efforts closely with Major and Principal Gifts, Gift Planning, Alumni and Family Engagement, and other key partners in support of mutual goals
  • Ensure $1,000-and-above individuals are solicited personally by volunteers and staff, where appropriate. Monitor and evaluate results
  • Report, individually or with a volunteer, the Annual Fund plans and progress at each meeting of the Institutional Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees and of the Alumni Council, working with the Associate Vice President and Campaign Director; provide effective reporting and analysis to volunteers, supervisor, and colleagues for use in management decision making
  • Solicit top-level annual giving prospects
  • Develop and manage the annual giving budget based on programmatic goals and objectives as reviewed and approved annually
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree is required with a minimum of 5 years of fundraising experience with a focus on direct marketing/annual giving

    Preferred Qualifications

    An exceptionally qualified candidate will have:

  • Ability to conversant in contemporary technologies and how they can be used in support of revenue generation and increased giving participation
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven record of leadership, management, and supervisory skills and experience in recruiting, managing, training, leading, and stewarding volunteer fundraising committees to reach their full potential and to achieve fundraising goals
  • Excellent planning and budgetary management skills
  • Experience in asking for gifts in person
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively on a team and collaborate with diverse populations
  • Knowledge of modern data management practices and techniques including data-based computerized information systems, data modeling, and analysis that lead to effective decision making on behalf of the program
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of higher education fundraising with an understanding of individual giving programs and detailed understanding of annual fundraising programs with both traditional and non-traditional activities.
  • Experience with RENXT and/or other Advancement technologies
  • Physical Demands

    Must be willing and able to work evenings and weekends and juggle several projects simultaneously.

    Contact(s) Billie Handa Contact Phone/Extension 7405876730 Contact Email [email protected] Open Date 09/30/2022 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

    Applicants must provide names and contact information for 3 professional references with application.

    Denison University has partnered with Aspen Leadership Group in the search for a Director of the Annual Fund. You may view the position prospectus or submit an application via this link: https: // .

    Additional Information

    The position will be open until filled.

    Hired applicant must provide proof of academic degree(s).

    In our ongoing efforts to support the health of our community and continue to operate our campus safely, Denison requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 including a booster within the timeline guidance recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unless a Denison-authorized exemption is approved prior to the first date of employment.

    For more information and resources regarding this policy as a condition of employment, please visit https: //

    Denison University Background Check Statement

    The final candidate will undergo a background check as a conditional offer of employment.

    Denison University EEO Statement

    To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to attract and hire candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities. Denison fosters a campus community that recognizes the value of all persons regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender expression and identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio- economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and antiracism (IDEA) at https: //

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