Associate I, Development - College of Business

Position Details

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Development HR Employment

Division Name

Vice President for Development

Position Title

Associate I, Development - College of Business

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Part-time FTE

Limited Term


Limited Term Length

Job Summary

The Office of Advancement and the Harbert College of Business ( HCOB ) are conducting a search for a Development Associate I who can enhance, further develop, and implement an annual giving strategy using multiple channels including the use of direct mail and digital engagement solicitation strategies to enable the college to identify and engage stakeholders, while enhancing both the breadth and depth of alumni involvement. The ideal candidate is a collaborative, energetic professional with strong multi-tasking skills, robust computer and online technical skills and sound judgment who can perform the role of an annual gift fundraiser. Annual gifts are those under $25,000, and may take the form of program support, scholarships, sponsorships, and the Harbert Excellence Fund. The development associate will manage crowdfunding efforts and serve as a liaison for digital engagement efforts with the Annual Fund and the college’s Marketing and Communications team. The position’s responsibilities will include the development of comprehensive annual giving strategy with metrics to demonstrate the results of the associate’s efforts.

The Harbert College of Business is one of the country’s most prestigious, innovative, and dynamic business schools. Located in the heart of Auburn, Alabama, we offer world-class education in a world-class community. With programs, research centers, and faculty that lead the nation, our campus is a leadership hub dedicated to guiding students to the top of their future field.

Located in the world class business complex on the corner of Donahue and Magnolia, the college is comprised of six academic departments: the School of Accountancy, Department of Finance, Marketing, Management, Supply Chain Management and Systems and Technology. The college has a world-renowned distance Executive MBA and Physicians MBA programs, along with a full time MBA, online MBA and a master’s in real estate development. Offering undergraduate programs in each of the academic departments and an array of minors such as Entrepreneurship. In addition, the college is the home for Centers such as Center for Supply Chain Innovation, RFID Lab, Lowder Center for Family Business & Entrepreneurship among others. For more information about the college, please visit this website:

Essential Functions

Direct Solicitation/Stewardship: Using digital and direct mail strategies, the associate will identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward selected alumni as annual donors, advocates, and volunteers with a focus on gifts under $25,000. The development associate will identify alumni influencers for the college in the digital and social media realms, actively seek ways to best utilize new fundraising technologies in annual giving to meet development goals, objectives and metrics; will maintain comprehensive information in the donor database about engagement efforts and personal interactions. The associate will properly acknowledge annual gifts through either email, letter, phone call and/or participating in/attending events and functions for donors.

Digital Engagement Strategy: The associate will develop a comprehensive digital engagement and solicitation strategy for identified segments of the alumni base. The associate will curate information from technology such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and others to measure demonstrated interest for college priorities. The associate will work closely with partners in the Annual Fund on engagement strategies and with colleagues for solicitation strategies.

Data Analysis: The associate will design and execute data-driven metrics to evaluate the reach and return for all digital engagement strategies, manage the establishment of baseline analysis for all annual giving digital solicitations and digital engagement efforts, and work with the director and other members of the college development and annual giving teams to identify trends as they develop.

Manage Shareholders’ Society: The associate will develop long term and annual strategies to cultivate, engage, grow and retain leadership annual gifts to the Harbert Excellence Fund and report on the fund’s annual impact on the college to donors.

Special Projects: Manages, directs, and creates all HCOB’s crowdfunding efforts including Tiger Giving Day annual online campaign. Other initiatives as determined by Dean and Sr. Director of Development.

Education Level

Bachelor's degree

Field of Study

College degree; no specific discipline.

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Requirements for Additional Job Levels

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Field of Study

Years of Experience

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Minimum Skills and Abilities

Minimum Technology Skills

Minimum License and Certifications

Valid Driver’s License

Desired Qualifications

Experience with all forms of social media, including social media metrics. Willingness to try new approaches and learn new skills. Strong data analysis experience, strategic planning, data analysis, and written communication skills are required. Must be organized, versatile and a self-starter. Excellent computer and word-processing skills required. Desire to work with a variety of digital platforms and identified alumni interests. Ability to be a team player in a collaborative, face-paced environment. Desire to work in a system that emphasizes measurable objectives which include targets for fundraising goals are required.

Demonstrated success in fundraising or engagement activities at a major research university; ability to thrive in a complex, dynamic, demanding environment, and to manage competing priorities; and strong organizational, strategic, analytical, and project management skills are all desired. Proven track record of successful media campaigns and a strong motivation to exceed annual goals.

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Salary Range

$39,300 - $65,500

Job Category

Development/Alumni Affairs

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EEO Statement

A commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus environment is required. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Must be able and willing to work some weekends, evenings, and to travel occasionally. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one prior to selection.

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