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Assistant Director for Student and Young Alumni Giving

Kenyon College
Gambier, Ohio
Not specified
Posted Date
Jul 11, 2022

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Administrative, Student Affairs
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Full Time
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Kenyon College is conducting a search to fill the position of Assistant Director for Student and Young Alumni Giving. The Assistant Director for Student and Young Alumni Giving will help develop and be primarily responsible for executing the Advancement division’s strategy as it relates to young alumni and student philanthropy. In cooperation with partners across the division and the College, this role is responsible for guiding the process by which students and young alumni learn about the importance of giving back to Kenyon and the impact their giving has on the life of the college. 


Within the Advancement Division, this position has primary responsibility for managing the alumni class agent program for the classes of 2014 and younger and aiding the 5th (and eventually the 10th) reunion planning committee with planning for social and fundraising goals. Responsibilities connected to current students include running the College’s phonathon/student ambassador program, overseeing a student philanthropy working group and executing the Senior class gift initiative. In 2023, this position will be directly responsible for helping guide evolution of the College’s phonathon program and for integrating a paid student ambassador program into this changing model. Currently, the position involves the recruitment and supervision of up to 20 student employees during the academic year (late August-May).


The ideal candidate will easily become fluent in the software platforms that are specific to the day-to-day operation of the Advancement division (ThankView, GiveCampus, EverTrue, Emma, and VanillaSoft), have an interest in data analytics as pertains to giving trends and survey results, and be excited to work in a flexible, hybrid work environment with amazing co-workers. Kenyon College encourages applicants from underrepresented backgrounds, particularly Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC); those who are first in their family to attend college; LGBTQIA+ community; and people from low-income backgrounds.


Essential Duties


  • As a member of the Young Alumni Team, develop and help implement young alumni strategy and outreach in collaboration with Associate Directors in Annual Giving and Alumni and Parent Engagement and the Assistant Director of Young Alumni Engagement. Staff co-liaison for the Young Alumni Subcommittee for Kenyon’s alumni advisory councils; volunteer management for the alumni members, including co-leading meetings, guiding strategy, overseeing alumni projects and more. Responsibility for 5th (and eventually 10th) Reunion(s). Manage class agent program for classes 2014 and younger. Advance the College and division’s commitment to antiracism, focusing on recruiting and engaging a diverse constituency of young alumni volunteers. Oversee student philanthropy initiatives, including “senior gift” program annually. Primarily responsible for the Kenyon phonathon, including working to advise the evolution of this program as we approach the College’s bicentennial in 2024.  Continue the development of a pilot program for paid “student ambassadors” who will work to advance the mission of the office within their class cohorts and/or young alumni.  Technology: works with best-in-class university advancement software platforms including GiveCampus, Emma, ThankView, EverTrue and Vanilla Soft as well as with our database of record (Advance). Support to Annual Giving Operations Manager and AVP for APE & AG on data and technology initiatives on an ad hoc basis. Will become the department expert on the current Alumni Survey and associated findings. Provide support for annual giving days and take a lead role on any YA-specific crowdfunding campaigns. Provide other AG support as needed within your skill set (social media outreach, video and image creation/editing, pulling and maintenance of lists, etc.).

Other Duties


  • Perform other duties and special projects as required as part of a collaborative and close-knit annual giving team within the Office of Advancement.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Success Factors


  • Technologically savvy; ability to learn new software programs and interfaces quickly. Knowledge of GiveCampus platform and/or experience with crowdfunding initiatives. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, student employees and volunteers. Be outgoing and open-minded and possess a professional attitude as well as a good sense of humor. Possess strong organizational skills with the ability to manage large, time-sensitive projects while maintaining a high level of attention to detail and quality of work. Ability to develop new methods, adapt to the changing needs of the office, and establish appropriate procedures. Ability to meet deadlines under pressure; not easily frustrated.

Supervisor Responsibilities


  • Hire, onboard and supervise the work of up to 20 student workers.

Working Conditions


  • Typical office environment; must be able to use office equipment such as computer, printer, copier, etc. Must be able to lift up to 15 lbs. Hybrid work environment opportunities with the option to work remotely for part of the week during most of the calendar year. Occasional night and weekend work and travel.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree preferably from a liberal arts college with some experience in fund-raising, admissions, alumni relations or a related field preferred. Must be able to initiate and maintain donor and volunteer relationships and communications on behalf of the College. Demonstrated record of creative problem-solving with examples of successful efforts in building constituent confidence and relationships. Extraordinary communication skills, both oral and written, necessary to articulate the vision and case of the College. Knowledge of database management systems, Google Suite/Microsoft Office and social media platforms. Strong commitment to liberal arts education.

Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Staff Handbook.

Kenyon is a unique place to live and work. To discover why it should be your next home, click here.

Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.

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