Senior Director of the Skidmore Fund

Skidmore College
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jul 30, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement, Grants & Contracts, Alumni Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors, Other Executive
Employment Type
Full Time

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.

Responsibility Highlights

- 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 (600+).

- Directly manage the milestone 25th Reunion class and a handful of non-reunion classes (classes leading up to their 25th Reunion) fundraising efforts.

- 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
  • Resume
  • List of Three References
Pay Range: Commensurate with experience

In order to prevent or significantly reduce the risk of 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 medical condition or sincerely religious belief or practice.


Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.


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