Associate Director of Annual Giving

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Davidson College is a highly selective liberal arts college located 20 minutes north of Charlotte in Davidson, N.C. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently regarded as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country. 

The Associate Director of Annual Giving provides key leadership for the operations for The Fund for Davidson. Working with the Director of Annual Giving and other staff within the department and across the division, this role requires strategic and big picture thinking. Specific responsibilities include meeting The Fund for Davidson’s dollar and participation goals primarily through managing all The Fund for Davidson communications, leading and collaborating on existing and new fundraising projects, and supervising an Assistant Director of Annual Giving. This position manages the 20th, 30h and 35th Reunion class chairs and committees, and manages 150 donor prospects and volunteers through the stages of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. This position reports to the Director of Annual Giving.

Primary responsibilities:
Class volunteer management

Identify, recruit, train and manage Fund for Davidson volunteers (Classes of 1994-2011), including Class Ambassadors, Reunion Gift Chairs, and Reunion Committees, for the purpose of creating class affinity, engagement, and reaching class participation and dollar goals. Plan, prepare for, hold and follow-up from volunteer calls and meetings. Devise and execute fundraising strategies for each class and regularly provide updated fundraising information statistics to volunteers through the year.
Leadership management
Provide leadership in the Office of Annual Giving and help inform overall goals for The Fund for Davidson and serve as project manager for key fundraising programs including #AllinforDavidson. Directly supervise the Assistant Director of Annual Giving, and the programs that fall under those personnel including volunteer management and student and young alum engagement. Provide counsel and direction to other fundraising staff and volunteers.
Acting as the liaison to the Office of College Communications, work collaboratively with the Director of Advancement Communications to strategize, develop, and implement The Fund for Davidson’s communications and marketing plan. Ensure that all communication needs are met, including direct appeals, videos, and any other communication means.
Direct solicitation
Manage a portfolio of donors. Conduct a minimum of 30 donor meetings annually. Provide appropriate and timely donor follow up and documentation.

Additional information:
Night and weekend work required when related to special events throughout the year. This position may require up to 25% travel. This position is currently eligible to work remotely 1-2 days per week (subject to change) upon approval of supervisor.

Minimum qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience or certification.
• Minimum 1 year of development or related experience.

Desired skills and abilities:
• The ideal candidate will have experience in higher education, fundraising, alumni and/or constituent relations, volunteer management, public relations, nonprofit administration and/or related fields
• High degree of personal initiative
• Flexibility and adaptability, especially in working collaboratively as part of a team
• Strong desire and ability to work effectively with persons from diverse generational, religious, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability and cultural backgrounds
• Ability and willingness to learn and grow with technological change
• Training on the division’s software systems will be provided

College Relations is committed to salary transparency in the hiring process as a characteristic of an inclusive organization. The position hiring manager is happy to discuss salary at any stage of the interview process. Davidson College also offers numerous other benefits as an employer, including:
• 4 weeks of vacation in your first year on the job, plus college holidays
• Health insurance
• A 403(b) retirement plan to which the college contributes at least 8.5% of your salary, after 3 years of continuous full-time the employee is 100 percent vested in this plan after three years of employment
• Tuition assistance for employees and their dependents, after 7 years of continuous full-time employment

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Flexible work location:
The College Relations division currently has a flexible work location program in line with the College’s telecommuting policy. This position is currently eligible for partial flexibility in work location, during non-event days, as determined with the position’s manager and reviewed regularly through our performance management processes. Candidates should expect to maintain a residence within commuting distance of the Charlotte metro area. An initial campus orientation period (of several weeks to months) worked from the office may be required. This policy is reviewed periodically.

Information about how to submit an application can be found at Please enter 494501 in the search by keyword box.

The College Relations leadership team at Davidson strives to advance the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In practice, that means doing our part to hire, grow, retain, and reward great employees from diverse cultures, ethnicities, races, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, national origins, socio-economic backgrounds, and abilities. This work is important to our team and we hope it’s important to you as well.

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