The Senior Director, Skidmore Fund
leads and manages a
mature, strategic, and metrics-driven annual giving program that
reflects industry best practices and aims to maximize philanthropic
giving from alumni and parents. Expectations for the position
include achieving annual Fund increases from a 2020-21 base of $7.8
million, of which approximately $2 million is from the Parent Fund.
The Senior Director provides strategic oversight of all Fund
programs and supervises a dynamic, full-time team of ten, setting
expectations and providing leadership as they implement their
respective programs to help maximize fundraising results. The
Senior Director also oversees marketing and messaging initiatives
and builds strong, productive relationships with college-wide staff
and lead volunteers, engaging and motivating them to help make the
strongest case possible for giving to Skidmore.
- Lead a strategic, comprehensive, and metrics-driven annual giving
program and coordinate solicitation of 25,000+ alumni and 5,000+
parents annually through direct mail, personal asks, volunteer
efforts, email, and social media, and text paying attention to
alumni and parents with the potential to make the largest gifts,
alumni celebrating reunion, and broadening the base of donors from
multiple constituent groups.
- Mentor and oversee the recruitment, management and development of
the Skidmore Fund team including seven front-facing fundraisers and
three administrative staff.
- Oversee the recruitment, training, and motivation of a skilled,
motivated, and effective fundraising volunteer network, including
the National Skidmore Fund Chair, National Presidents Society
Chair, Parents Council, Senior Parent Project Chairs, Fund Chairs,
Presidents Society Chairs, and class fundraising volunteers
- Directly manage the milestone 25th Reunion class and a handful of
non-reunion classes (classes leading up to their 25th Reunion)
- Demonstrate commitment to prospect management within the Skidmore
Fund by managing a prospect pool and overseeing the efforts of
Skidmore Fund staff to personally manage their own pools.
Bachelor's degree required and 7-10+ years of increasing, directly
related or applicable experience.
Required documents needed to apply:
- On-line application
- Cover Letter
- List of Three References
Commensurate with experience
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COVID-19 transmission at Skidmore College and protect all members
of the College community from infection, successful candidates will
be required to submit proof of full vaccination as a condition of
employment, unless exempted as a reasonable accommodation of a
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