Colgate University, a top-ranked liberal arts college, is seeking
an Assistant Director of Annual Giving to support strategic and
programmatic efforts related to annual philanthropic support.
Founded in 1819, Colgate is a small, highly selective residential
liberal arts college for students of talent who are preparing for
lives of leadership and productive citizenship. Colgate University
enjoys a strong tradition of philanthropy and engagement, having
successfully raised over $480 million from more than 34,500
community members during Passion for The Climb: The Campaign for
Colgate, completed in 2012. On an annual basis, more than 56% of
Colgate’s alumni engage with the University through philanthropy,
volunteering, or engaging at online and in person programs,
including signature events like Reunion that draws in more than
2500 alumni and guests. This tradition of philanthropy paired with
strong levels of alumni affinity position Colgate well for even
greater success, as the Vice President and his team prepare to lead
the community into an historic and comprehensive campaign.
At this pivotal moment in the University’s history, Colgate is
seeking an Assistant Director of Annual Giving to play an integral
role in supporting annual giving and volunteer engagement efforts.
The person in this role will be responsible for managing strategy
and logistics related to the Presidents’ Club, the University
leadership giving society, as well as working with alumni
volunteers colleagues across campus in support of annual giving
programs. This successful candidate will possess strong
communication and volunteer management skills, the ability to
collaborate with a variety of entities, and be detail
The Assistant Director of Annual Giving is responsible for
operationalizing strategy for the Presidents’ Club, the
University’s leadership giving society. Over 90% of the funds
raised in support of the University are given by Presidents’
Club-level donors. The assistant director provides critical program
management for this important group of constituents, and also
supports the Associate Vice President for Advancement to manage the
PCMC, the volunteer steering committee for the Presidents’ Club.
The assistant director will ensure that all aspects of Presidents’
Club donor experience are being managed appropriately, including
events, solicitation, stewardship, and the volunteer
The Assistant Director will also act as a class manager for up to
10 alumni classes, providing the primary point of contact for
alumni volunteers who solicit classmates on behalf of the
The Assistant Director is an integral part of Colgate’s annual
giving team and will be the primary point of contact for
advancement colleagues who are managing an annual giving
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.
- A minimum of two years experience in fundraising, sales,
marketing or non-profit work is required.
- The ability to handle confidential material with utmost
- The ability to use IBM Laptop computers and relevant software
applications, such as E-Mail/Gmail; Microsoft applications,
including Word and Excel; the Google Suite of software, including
Google Docs and Google sheets; and a comfort level with database
management are critical.
- A demonstrated ability to execute programs and meet measurable
- 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
- An ability to articulate the value of a liberal arts education
- 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 setting is preferred.
- Previous experience managing and motivating staff and
A minimum of an Associate’s degree with 3 years of experience in
annual fund/alumni relations, sales and/or marketing is
A Bachelor’s degree is preferred.
Job Open Date
Job Close Date
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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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