Assistant Director of Annual Giving Communications

DePauw University
Indiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 28, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Other Communications, Public Relations & Advertising, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement, Alumni Affairs, Editing & Publications Management
Employment Type
Full Time

DePauw University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer: Women, members of underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

All employees of DePauw University must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or request a religious, medical, or philosophical exemption.

Position will remain open until filled.

Please go to University Profile for more information about DePauw.


The Assistant Director of Annual Giving Communications works in partnership with the Director of Annual Giving to plan and implement robust giving campaigns to all audiences through all available channels (print, email, social media, web, text and phone). This position requires excellent skills in the areas of written, oral and visual communication, data analysis and project management.


Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions Statement(s)
  • Actively manages all Annual Giving solicitations for retention, renewal and acquisition, increasing donor participation and annual donations through audience segmentation, compelling messaging and multi-channel outreach. Annual Giving audiences include: alumni, athletics (Tiger Club), parents, friends, students, and faculty/staff.
  • Manages Annual Giving campaigns from beginning to end in cooperation with team members, campus departments, and outside vendors. Process includes but is not limited to: design implementation with MARCOM; print management with vendors; writing and editing; data management, segmentation, and list development with Development Services; and tracking, analyzing, and reporting Annual Giving campaign results with recommendations for future campaigns.
  • Maintains the Annual Giving web pages, including the Day of Giving pages and the University donation forms, contributes to a Development and Alumni Engagement social media strategy, and oversees Annual Giving social media accounts.
  • Ensures the Annual Giving messaging is consistent with the University brand.
  • Acts as project manager for the Day of Giving and crowdfunding opportunities.
  • Participates in the collaborative process of the strategic planning for the overall Annual Giving operating plan.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Accountability - Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.
  • Accuracy - Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly.
  • Active Listening -- Ability to actively attend to, convey, and understand the comments and questions of others.
  • Adaptability -- Ability to adapt to change in the workplace.
  • Analytical Skills - The ability of the individual to gather raw data and to process that data into a meaningful form.
  • Autonomy - The ability of the individual to complete assigned tasks with little oversight.
  • Communication, Oral - Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word.
  • Communication, Written - Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely.
  • Consensus Building - Ability to bring about group solidarity to achieve a goal.
  • Customer Oriented - A desire to serve both external and internal clients by focusing effort on meeting the clients' needs, understanding their concerns, and seeking to build trust.
  • Decision Making - Ability of the individual to select an effective course of action while controlling resources and expenditures.
  • Detail Oriented - Ability to pay attention to the minute details of a project or task.
  • Diversity Oriented - Commitment to valuing a variety of different experiences, encouraging input and collaboration from campus stakeholders, including being mindful of experiences related, but not limited to: age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, LGBTQ, and/or job type.
  • Interpersonal - Ability to develop and maintain relationships with others.
  • Organized - Possessing the trait of being organized or following a systematic method of performing a task.
  • Presentation Skills - Ability to effectively present information publicly.
  • Project Management - Ability to organize and direct a project to completion.
  • Reliability - Ability to be dependable and trustworthy.
  • Self-Motivated - Ability of the individual to reach a goal or perform a task with little supervision or direction.
  • Strategic Planning -- Ability to develop a vision for the future and create a culture in which the long-range goals can be achieved.
  • Time Management - Ability to utilize the available time to organize and complete work within given deadlines.
Education: Bachelor's degree in a related field required.

Experience: Minimum of two years of current and relevant experience.

Communication/Language: Proficient: Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Math Ability: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

Computer Skills: Excellent skills in Microsoft Office products (especially Excel, Word, and PowerPoint) and Adobe design products is required. A working knowledge of donor databases and a variety of social media is necessary. Ability and desire to frequently learn new products related to the role is required.

Certificates & Licenses : CFRE desirable.

Other Requirements
  • A strong understanding of the mission of liberal arts institutions is necessary.
  • Experience in development and higher education is desired.
  • Qualified candidates will possess clear and persuasive written and oral communication skills, and the ability to motivate and build relationships with alumni and parent volunteers through communications.

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