Associate Director of The Vassar Fund
- Job posted by Vassar College
Associate Director of The Vassar Fund
Department: Alumnae/i Affairs & Development Office
Duration of Position: Full year / Full time
Position Type: Administrator
Posting Removal Date: Open Until Filled
Posting Number: 1001516
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 Responsibilities Position Overview: The Associate Director of The Vassar Fund is responsible to manage a co-hort of class volunteers who solicit gifts on behalf of the College, oversee Reunion Giving by developing overarching strategies to ensure reunion dollars account for 25% of The Vassar Fund's annual revenue, and manage a portfolio of rated prospects, moving them through the donor engagement process and soliciting leadership annual gifts. Travel 25-30% of the time is required.
Reunion Giving - 33%:
- 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 leadership annual giving gift officer.
- Develop and implement best practice methods to achieve goals.
- Collaborate with Alumnae/i Engagement on Reunion strategies to maintain cohesive and complimentary messaging.
- Oversee the execution of Celebrate Vassar during Reunion weekend.
- Draft reunion class letter templates and emails.
- Regularly track, review, and analyze reunion giving data to develop strategies.
Class Management - 33%:
- Oversee class fundraising volunteers in 15 classes, ensuring individual class dollar and donor goals are reached.
- Recruit and train volunteers to solicit gifts from alumnae/i peers.
- Craft print and digital communications in support of class goals.
- Coordinate class fundraising letters with volunteers and Vassar Fund appeals.
- Ensure each volunteer has peer assignments and conducts their outreach at strategic points in the fiscal year.
- Lead training sessions in the Vassar College Volunteer Conference.
- Ensure 100% participation in giving from all class fundraising volunteers.
- Conduct periodic class conference calls to motivate volunteers and disseminate class giving information.
Individual Giving - 34%:
- Manage a portfolio of approximately 120 prospects, moving them through the donor engagement process to a leadership annual giving solicitation.
- Secure a minimum of 50 meetings per year.
- Develop strategies for top prospects to close gifts of $1,500+.
- Upgrade leadership annual giving donors within the leadership giving society.
- Individually steward $5,000+ donors.
Other Duties as Assigned
- Co-manage one administrative assistant with another Vassar Fund administrator. Conduct annual performance evaluations for this assistant. Supervise day-to-day work. Delegate appropriately.
- Participate in the planning and execution of various programs and events as needed.
Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Advanced degree preferred. 5-7 years of annual fund experience in higher education, non-profit development, or sales. Three years of experience soliciting leadership annual gifts and an understanding of prospect moves management. 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. Experience using CRMs and/or donor databases. Highly proficient in MS Office. Ability to travel for the College and to work nights and weekends as needed. Valid driver's license. Vassar graduate preferred.
Required Applicant Documents
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 resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references (Word or PDF format required) to https://employment.vassar.edu. This position will remain open until filled.
For full consideration applicants should apply by:
Anticipated Start Date:
Anticipated End Date (If Applicable):
All applicants must apply online at: https://employment.vassar.edu.
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.
Minimum Education Required