Director of Student and Young Alumni Philanthropy

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Position Title

Director of Student and Young Alumni Philanthropy

Additional Information

Are you a strategic thinker with a passion for working with students and young alumni in a newly created position at the Ball State University Foundation? The director of student and young alumni philanthropy will be an integral part of an energetic, award winning team. We are an empowering, data inspired, integrated team raising funds, engaging alumni and serving donors in both traditional and cutting-edge ways. Would you like to join us?

Benefits and Community



Administrative Exemption



Length of Assignment

Full-Time At-Will

Position Function

The Director of Student and Young Alumni Philanthropy will join an award-winning and data inspired Strategy team at the Ball State University Foundation. The director will partner with colleagues in annual giving, donor relations, digital philanthropy and alumni engagement to develop a comprehensive plan to increase student and young alumni giving. Success in this position will lead to growth in the number of alumni donors under age 35 which serves as a pipeline to leadership annual giving and major giving in future years and campaigns.

The director holds great responsibility for partnering across the Foundation and University to increase giving among Ball State’s largest group of alumni.

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Minimum Experience

Three or more years of demonstrated successful, professional experience in fundraising, student affairs, alumni relations, marketing or a related field; some project management experience; some experience developing and implementing communication strategies; some supervisory experience.

Minimum Other

Broad understanding of marketing, engagement and philanthropy by generation, including writing, messaging and social media; sincere commitment to collaborative work with colleagues; approach responsibilities in creative and innovative ways; excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers.

Authorization to work in the US

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Education

Master’s degree.

Preferred Experience

Additional years of related experience; undergraduate involvement in student activities, employment as a student caller/ambassador or the like; experience with creating digital and social media content; efficient in the use of Raiser’s Edge and/or Fundraising Performance Management

Preferred Other

Pre-Employment Screening

Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

Position Title(s) Supervised

Student employee (strategy intern).

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EEO Statement

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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About Ball State University

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.


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Duties & Responsibilities



Job Duty

Develop and implement an integrated strategic plan for student and young alumni philanthropy which creates a pipeline for future Foundation and alumni volunteers, leadership annual giving and major giving prospects; broaden awareness of philanthropy among the student base; outline communication tactics and plans related to direct mail, text, phone, video and social media.



Job Duty

Recruit, retain and lead the Philanthropy Education Council, including its executive slate; attend meetings involving the Council; work with the group to establish student focused activities for One Ball State Day that increase awareness and giving from this constituency; partner with donor relations and the Council on the Foundation’s annual Thank a Donor Day.



Job Duty

Develop and execute an annual Top 100 student awards program with the assistance of the Philanthropy Education Council; engage University and Foundation partners on program formulation, nominations, selection, event planning and long-term engagement; outline and monitor annual goals to show growth from this group as it relates to volunteerism and donor moves management.



Job Duty

Develop a comprehensive social media strategy for students and young alumni in partnership with strategy team colleagues; oversee Instagram and TikTok strategies, content and writing for these audiences; play an active role in the overall social media strategy for the Foundation; build a social ambassador network of students and young alumni with a goal of retaining and growing the list annually.



Job Duty

Increase the number of students and young alumni giving (and giving monthly) to Ball State annually; speak into strategies for growing the number of monthly recurring donors from this generation of constituents.



Job Duty

Develop and maintain relationships with alumni engagement and the office of Student Life; seek out partnerships across the University as it relates to student and young alumni philanthropy; serve as a liaison to the Young Alumni Council, attend meetings and present on student and young alumni philanthropy.



Job Duty

Identify outstanding students who will represent Ball State in print, video, digital assets and more for the Foundation. Partner with strategy colleagues to vet the students and arrange appointments.



Job Duty

Design personalized correspondence (letters, reports, etc.) to communicate with and thank major donors.



Job Duty

Perform other related duties as assigned.

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The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

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