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Director, Parent and Family Giving

Skidmore College
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 5, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Extension Services, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Development & Advancement, Alumni Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors
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Full Time
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Reporting to the Collyer Vice President for Advancement, the Director of Parent and Family Giving will 1) provide strategic direction and oversight for the College’s suite of parent philanthropy and engagement programs, 2) develop and implement a comprehensive plan that increases philanthropic support from the College’s parent community, 3) collaborate with the Assistant Director, Parent and Family Giving, on Skidmore Fund initiatives, the Parents Council, and Senior Family fundraising efforts, as well as parent and family volunteer groups, 4) increase annual unrestricted support for the campus, 5) grow the pipeline and major gift activity from the parent community, and 6) increase opportunities for meaningful engagement with the College through active volunteerism by current and past Skidmore College parents and or family members.

Leadership and Management (40%)
  • Oversee work of the Assistant Director, Parent and Family Giving on all aspects of their major gift work focusing on securing gifts of $5,000 or more from Skidmore College families both locally (eastern seaboard) and nationally.
  • Provide direction to the Assistant Director, Parent and Family Giving on all aspects of front-line leadership, including Skidmore Fund donors and prospects, with programmatic responsibilities that include but are not limited to: 6 to 8 high touch cultivation and/or stewardship events targeted at the parent and family community and management of the Senior Family Project.
  • Provide direction to the Assistant Director, Parent and Family Giving on all aspects of volunteer management.
  • Provide direction to the Assistant Director, Parent and Family Giving on serving as the liaison for direct response marketing channels and as staff lead for writing and editorial content as it relates to the Parents Council program at Skidmore.
  • Provide direction for the associated administrative team member on their work as it relates to providing administrative support to the broader Skidmore Parent and Family Program.
  • Serve as key liaison to the Development, Skidmore Fund, and Research teams to ensure goals and metrics are met annually.
Parent and Family Philanthropy & Engagement (45%)
  • Responsible for raising $2+ million in annual unrestricted revenue for the Skidmore Fund and providing support and a platform for additional designated giving by the parent and family community that is in excess of $4 million+ total.
  • Serve as chief strategist for parent philanthropy initiatives campus-wide.
  • Proactively collaborate with Principal Gifts, Development, Skidmore Fund, and Research teams, the Dean of Students, the Career Development Center, and collaborators and colleagues across campus to ensure cohesive and timely cultivation strategies and solicitations of parent donor prospects.
  • Manage a portfolio of 60-80 top parent and family prospects with capacity to make six and seven figure gifts to Skidmore, and serve as the lead fundraiser for Parent and Family Giving.
  • Provide guidance on integration of the various philanthropic channels targeted at the parent community including: management of peer-to-peer solicitations of $1,000-$10,000, the front-line major gift effort, and a variety of direct mail, telephone, and e-solicitations.
  • Work in close partnership with Prospect Development on executing a sustainable and continuing prospect identification and research process that allows for early identification and timely contact by the College with parent prospects.
  • Design and manage annual stewardship plan for parent and family donors in conjunction with the Donor Relations and Stewardship Team.
Management of Council and Volunteers (15%)
  • Ensure each Parent and Family Council member is actively engaged in a conversation with the college about their philanthropic support, volunteer interest, and capacity.
  • Lead planning, oversight, and management of Skidmore Parent and Family Council meetings and related campus activities.
  • Recruit new members and manage a pipeline of potential future volunteer leaders and board members
  • Work in close partnership with the board chairs and other lead volunteers to develop strategic board meeting content, annual plans, and goals that lead to deeper involvement by board members across campus disciplines.
  • Oversee strategy and development of a Parent and Family Skidmore Fund Ambassador Volunteer Program ensuring a high-quality experience for all participants, including Senior Family Project participants, to increase volunteerism and financial support from the parent and family community.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s preferred.

Experience: 7 or more years of commensurate experience in fundraising or a similar field.

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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