FT Staff: Director Of Alumni Relations And Annual Giving (Fund Raising)

Shaw University Raleigh , NC 27611

Posted 2 months ago

Do you have a dynamic, outgoing personality? Do you want an opportunity to showcase your talents at the first historically Black institution of higher education in the South and among the oldest in the nation? If so, we have the job for you! Shaw University is looking for a Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving (Fund-Raising). Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, the Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving is responsible for the University's overall alumni and annual fund outreach effort and is expected to identify, cultivate and solicit alumni and annual fund prospects and assist in comprehensive planning and implementation of strategies for cultivation and solicitation of the alumni and annual fund constituency. This position is an essential member of the Institutional Advancement team, with responsibility for developing and implementing a comprehensive engagement strategy and program for alumni relations and annual giving in support of Shaw's overall mission, and is responsible for generating a large volume of renewable gifts in the $25 - $25,000 range from the School's alumni and other donors, with a minimum annual goal of $500,000. This includes planning, designing, organizing and implementing all aspects of Annual Giving, including personal solicitations, direct mail, social media, and special events. The primary focus is to secure alumni and annual fund financial support and assist in other fundraising initiatives. The position is accountable for ensuring internal/external customer satisfaction through effective interpersonal relationships and personal management of projects, materials, budgetary costs, and continuous quality improvement.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Supports Shaw and Institutional Advancement strategies in all activities and assists the VP of Institutional Advancement to plan, organize, and implement annual departmental goals and objectives.

  • Ability to establish, cultivate and steward strong professional relationships with stakeholders to build lifelong partnerships and trust while aligning their passions with the mission, priorities, and goals of Shaw University

  • Fosters the growth of best practices in the supporting areas of gift processing, data management and donor relations (working with Advancement colleagues) as related to annual giving and the University as a whole.

  • Develop and lead a comprehensive annual fundraising appeal program with an annual goal, including strategies to incorporate alumni groups, e-campaigns, direct mail, giving societies, organizations, focus on new donors, and moves management for increasing average gift amounts

  • Develops measurable and applied metrics for success, maintaining an on-going evaluation and reporting system for annual giving and alumni activities.

  • Plan and implement relationship building with alumni through the planning and implementation of

  • Collaborates with other areas of Institutional Advancement and across the University to strengthen alumni relations, including the cultivation of key alumni as significant donors, the use of alumni in classes, as mentors, in career services, etc.

  • Coordinate and execute special events and cause-related marketing/fundraising for annual giving.

  • Coordinate and execute UNCF Campaign, Employee Giving Campaign, Giving Tuesday, EOY/EOFY campaigns

  • Ensures proper donor recognition and stewardship

  • Create and implement moves management plans; track and report progress using specific metrics

  • Prepares weekly, monthly and annual reports on all campaign activity

  • Executes and assists with special cultivation events

  • Co-manage planning and implementing multiple direct mail appeals annually, with a high degree of customization and emotional appeal. Involves working with printers, mail-fulfillment vendors, and key advancement/alumni staff

  • Manages programs to educate and inspire current students to appreciate the value of a life-long relationship with Shaw. Educates graduating students about alumni benefits and engages them in alumni programs

  • Make creative connections between and among people, events, programs, organizations and their associated circles

  • Other duties as assigned. Note: This job description is not intended to provide all duties that may be required of the position, as other duties may be required of this position

Education and/or Experience

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited University in fundraising/business/communications, non-profit management, marketing, social sciences or in a related field (Master's preferred)

  • A minimum of two to five years' related professional experience, (including direct fundraising, planning and managing special events, identifying, training and working with volunteers, preferably in higher education); OR a combination of education and experience

  • Supervisory/management experience.

  • Highly proficient computer skills utilizing MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through the development and composition of complex analysis reports and professional correspondence and formal presentations.

  • Demonstrated analytical and fundraising skills with the ability to recognize opportunities, identify critical, high pay-off activities and prioritize them to attain goals.

  • Demonstrates diplomatic, professional, courteous and perceptive interpersonal skills; display discretion in dealing with sensitive, confidential issues.

  • Ability to effectively multi-task and produce accurate professional work products under demanding timelines.

  • Flexibility and willingness to periodically travel independently and work extended workdays and occasional weekends as needed to meet desired objectives

  • Experience with fundraiser software

This job might be for you if:

  • You have a passion for our mission and a strong desire make an impact in a historic, legendary HBCU

  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness

  • Have a strong work ethic, take initiative, and require minimal direction

  • Work well independently as well as part of a team

  • Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment.

You won't need the endurance of a stallion, but you will have some light physical demands (i.e. spending hours listening and talking; working on the computer and phone; driving to appointments and events; and occasionally working long days, nights or weekends).

Other Competencies

Must have a philosophy that is consistent with the Mission, Vision and Core Values of the organization. Vision, commitment, and experience in achieving goals and pursuing excellence are critical. Strong oral and written presentation skills. Excellent organizational skills. Ability to work well independently and as a member of a team. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Must have a valid driver's license with the ability to pass a Motor Vehicle Records check. Must be able to read, write and speak fluently in English.

Shaw University, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, is the first historically black institution of higher education in the South and among the oldest in the nation. Founded in 1865 by Henry Martin Tupper, our mission is to advance knowledge, facilitate student learning and achievement, to enhance the spiritual and ethical values of its students, and to transform a diverse community of learners into future global leaders.

Shaw boasts many "firsts": the first college in the nation to offer a four-year medical program, the first historically Black college in the nation to open its doors to women, and the first historically Black college in North Carolina to be granted an "A" rating by the State Department of Public Instruction.

We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.


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FT Staff: Director Of Alumni Relations And Annual Giving (Fund Raising)

Shaw University