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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE WILLIAMS FUND
GENERAL SUMMARY/OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Assistant Director of the Williams Fund (annual fund) is responsible for the overall success of the annual giving and alumni relations programs. The Assistant Director directs and administers all aspects of annual giving which include: direct mail, e-solicitation, phonathons, day of giving, and personal solicitations; maintaining and reporting on annual giving metrics; assisting with planning and execution of special events; and ensuring timely donor recognition and stewardship. The Assistant Director is also responsible for securing increased, unrestricted gifts from all constituencies, particularly focused on a portfolio of 50+ major, annual fund prospects. He/she works directly with the Director to identify, cultivate and solicit major, annual gift support and helps to build the pipeline of leadership gift prospects.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provides leadership for design/messaging/implementation/evaluation of all aspects of a highly segmented and personally messaged Williams Fund program.
Works with external vendors and internal staff to create and coordinate Williams Fund Appeal, Alumni Appeal, Annual Report publication, and other related projects to meet the fund-raising objectives of the department, under the guidance of the Director.
Designs, promotes and manages an effective Williams Fund Gift Society Program.
Works with the President and Director of Advancement in identifying, researching and cultivating prospects for increased annual fund and major gift project giving.
Responsible for setting and achieving goals for a minimum portfolio of 50, major, annual fund prospects to increase and steward their support to the Williams Fund.
Assists with the planning and implementation of key cultivation and stewardship events.
Plans and implements multifaceted programs for alumni, students, parents and friends that increase goodwill and positive relationships with the school.
Designs, organizes and manages a Day of Giving including securing challenge gifts and a social media campaign to engage all constituencies.
Promotes events that encourage alumni involvement including preparing promotional materials, coordinating details, and attending and participating in events.
Coordinates and builds upon an active Class Agent program including recruiting, training and engaging Class Agents who will support the Williams Fund and alumni relations programming and help to strengthen relationships with their classmates and the school.
Assists the Director in solicitation and stewardship of scholarship donors and confirms commitments from donors each year.
Strategically develops an initiative to educate current students about philanthropy and “giving back.”
Ensures compliance with budget and seeks approval from Director for event or appeal expenditures prior to initiating.
Completes other duties as requested to support the projects and goals of the Advancement Department.
Minimum: Bachelor's degree.
The ideal candidate has 5+ years of experience, preferably working in a non-profit, advancement department and must have experience with Raiser's Edge.
Demonstrated experience securing annual gifts of $5K or more through personal solicitation.
Strong Microsoft Office skills, including Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
Excellent organizational and time management skills.
Ability to work accurately and efficiently in a fast-paced environment.
Experience recruiting, managing and motivating volunteers.
Ability to set goals and achieve success in a disciplined, time-sensitive way.
Strong communication and writing skills including the ability to interact with a variety of people and clearly convey information in writing and in person.
Proven project management skills.
The ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as take initiative and set and meet goals independently.
Commitment to respect and maintain confidentiality of donor information.
Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as warranted by meetings, events or other department needs.
Interested candidates should forward a resume, cover letter and references to Lindsay Simpson, Director of Advancement: firstname.lastname@example.org