Associate Director of Annual Giving

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Kenyon College invites applications for the position of Associate Director of Annual Giving. A key member within a dynamic team, the Associate Director of Annual Giving holds primary responsibility for the reunion giving program and assists with the planning and implementation of the Annual Giving team’s strategies around the Kenyon Parents Fund and Young Alumni. We are particularly interested in meeting candidates with experience managing volunteers and strong program management skills.

Reporting to the Director of Annual Giving, the Associate Director of Annual Giving has primary responsibility for the reunion giving program within the Office of Annual Giving and assists with the planning and implementation of the Kenyon Parents Fund and the Young Alumni team.

Essential Functions:

One-to-One Fundraising: Visit parent prospects and alumni in assigned class ranges to help increase the value of their giving and identify candidates for early cultivation.  Goal of 20 annual visits, which may be satisfied by on-campus and virtual meetings.

Oversee the Reunion Giving Program: Work with Annual Giving staff members and development officers to recruit reunion committee members.  Facilitate invitations to serve on the committee and to attend Reunion Planning Weekend, held annually in mid – to late September.  Facilitate the necessary reports to keep committees informed, engaged and focused.  Track progress toward goals.

Oversee Reunion Planning Weekend: Create an agenda for the weekend in consultation with Director of Annual Giving.  Work with Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement (APE) to coordinate logistics, including meals, lodging and transportation.  Prepare materials to support the planning sessions.  Train committee members as needed to work with classes at the planning weekend.  Present an overview of the reunion gift process to attendees at the weekend.

Oversee Reunion Gift Committees for classes celebrating their 15th and 20th reunions: Provide oversight to the recruitment of the committee members with development officers.  With committee members, determine gift chair for each reunion class.  With Director of Annual Giving, provide recommendation on solicitation levels for prospects in their class range and set goals for class giving and participation.  Communicate with and motivate gift chairs and committees. Send reunion tracking reports as needed or requested.  Maintain up-to-date volunteer resource materials focused on reunion within volunteer website.

Kenyon Parents Fund (KPF) and Senior Parent Stretch (SPS): Secondary responsibility for Parents Fund goals, working with the Director of Parent & Family Giving and Advancement Communications team on strategy for direct marketing.  Rate and track parent leadership prospects, in collaboration with Director of Parent and Family Giving and Director of Annual Giving.  (SPS) Work with senior parent reps on challenges for parents of graduating seniors. Work with the Director of Parent and Family Giving and Director of Leadership Giving and Operations to oversee leadership breakfast at Family Weekend.  Coordinate participation outreach to non-leadership parents. Monitor parent communications and share updates with team members.

Alumni & Parent Engagement: Serve as an ambassador of the College at key donor and alumni events, including on-campus weekends (such as Homecoming, Reunion Planning Weekend, Family Weekend, Reunion Weekend, Commencement Weekend, and Parents Advisory Council meetings) as needed.
Maintain close partnerships with APE counterparts who work with affinity, young alumni, and reunion planning.

Nonessential Functions: Perform other duties and special projects as required or requested.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Success Factors: Knowledge of GiveCampus platform and/or experience with crowdfunding initiatives preferred.  Technologically savvy; ability to learn new software programs and interfaces quickly.  Attention to detail, quality-control minded.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and volunteers.  Be both outgoing and open-minded and possess a professional attitude as well as a good sense of humor.  Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.  Possess strong organizational skills with the ability to manage large, time-sensitive projects.  Results-oriented self-starter with high energy level and initiative.  Ability to develop new methods, adapt to the changing needs of the office, and establish appropriate procedures.  Ability to operate under pressure; not easily frustrated.

Supervisor Responsibilities: Oversee Assistant Director of Student & Young Alumni Giving.

Working Conditions: Typical office environment; must be able to use office equipment such as computer, printer, fax machine, copier, etc. Must be able to lift up to 15 lb.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree preferably from a liberal arts college with three to five years of experience in fund-raising or a related field.  Experience working with high net wealth individuals is desirable, as is experience working with volunteers.  Must be able to initiate and maintain donor relationships and communications on behalf of the College.  Demonstrated record of creative problem-solving with examples of successful efforts in building donor confidence and relationships.  Extraordinary communication skills, both oral and written, necessary to articulate the vision and case of the College.  Knowledge of database management systems, page layout programs and Microsoft Office.  Willingness to travel occasionally and work occasional weekends.  Strong commitment to liberal arts education.

Compensation and Benefits: Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Staff Handbook.

Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.

Kenyon is a unique place to live and work.

Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College’s policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.

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