Colgate University, a top-ranked liberal arts college, is seeking
an Associate Director for Athletics Fundraising and Engagement to
play an integral role in supporting the spendable fundraising
efforts for, and engaging the Colgate community around, its 25
Division I varsity programs.
Founded in 1819, Colgate University is a small, highly selective
residential liberal arts college for students of talent who are
preparing for lives of leadership and productive citizenship.
Colgate enjoys a strong tradition of philanthropy and engagement,
both at large and as relates to its athletics programs and among
varsity alumni. On an annual basis, more than 50% of Colgate alumni
engage with the University through philanthropy, volunteering, and
engaging with online and in-person programs. Engagement among
varsity alumni outpaces that of the alumni body at large, and more
than $2m in spendable support for Colgate athletics is raised each
Colgate University has just embarked upon its third century and is
on the eve of launching a comprehensive campaign. At this pivotal
moment in the University’s history, Colgate is seeking an Associate
Director of Athletics Fundraising and Engagement to complete the
team of advancement staff focused on the athletics-specific aspects
of annual giving and alumni relations initiatives and programming,
with the ultimate goal of securing the support needed to ensure our
student-athletes continue to compete on every field, in every
The person in this role will develop and execute a comprehensive
strategy for engagement with volunteer support groups; support a
number of athletics volunteer committees; assist in the
implementation of marketing strategies to increase participation
among former varsity athletes; assist with the execution of
athletics engagement events; manage a stewardship plan for
athletics in collaboration with coaches. The successful candidate
will possess strong communication and volunteer management skills,
the ability to collaborate with a variety of entities, and be
Accountable for meeting advancement and relationship objectives for
alumni, coaches and other constituents. Accountable for assisting
in the execution of an annual strategic plan for athletics
fundraising and engagement, including marketing, volunteer
outreach, and analysis. Accountable for achieving pre-determined
alumni giving and fundraising goals for athletic teams and
projects. Responsible for effective management and engagement of
athletic support group volunteers.
Professional Experience/ Qualifications
The ideal candidate will possess organizational savvy, an ability
to establish and execute plans, and experience motivating internal
and external stakeholders to achieve mutual goals. 2-4 years of
experience in fundraising, sales, or marketing is required.
The ability to handle confidential material with utmost discretion,
and the ability to use IBM Laptop computers and relevant software
applications, such as E-Mail, MSWord, MSExcel, and a comfort level
with database management are critical.
A demonstrated ability to execute programs and meet measurable
goals. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the
ability to work both independently and as part of a team are
Must possess strong judgement skills, and the ability develop
solutions expediently. An ability to articulate the value of a
liberal arts education is essential.
Candidates must be capable of working collegially and effectively
with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, alumni and
visitors on a daily basis.
- Previous annual fund/alumni relations, sales or marketing
experience in a university or athletic setting is preferred.
- Previous experience managing and motivating volunteers.
A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required.
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Special Instructions Summary
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against
any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their
race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin,
marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information,
being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking,
familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is
an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from
historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with
disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
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