Staff - Assistant Director of the SU Annual Fund
Susquehanna University is the future-ready institution for today,
invested in cultivating intellectual grounding, active learning and
global citizenship for all students. Renowned as one of the finest
U.S. national liberal arts colleges, Susquehanna inspires and
challenges 2,200 enterprising, bright-minded students studying the
arts, business, humanities and sciences. Our students seize
opportunities through exceptional worldwide internships,
expert-guided research and an acclaimed study-abroad program,
leading to a transformative education that empowers each graduate
to realize their unique potential and lead a successful and
meaningful life. The Susquehanna River Valley with its fresh air
and overall pleasant year-round climate, provides four distinct
seasons amidst a backdrop of vibrant autumn foliage, occasional
winter snowfalls, flower-filled springs and warm summer evenings
illuminated by fireflies. Nearby outdoor recreational areas for
hiking, kayaking, fishing and skiing — and the bustling cultural
and commerce hubs of New York City, Washington D.C., Baltimore and
Philadelphia within a three-hour drive — present abundant
opportunities for learning and discovery.
The Assistant Director of the SU Annual
Fund will work with others in the department and division to assist
with the identification, qualification, solicitation and
cultivation of prospective donors to the university to achieve
increased levels of annual support and participation from alumni,
parents, and other donors. The Assistant Director will also plan,
manage, execute and evaluate and reunion giving. This is an exempt
position according to FLSA standards.Specific
Develop a working knowledge of the Datatel/Colleague
Advancement data base system and Blackbaud Fundraiser Performance
Management in order to lookup, enter and track information about
Work with all members of the division as appropriate to advance
the goals of the university. This will include work as assigned for
such events as Homecoming, Family Weekend, Break Through, Alumni
Board Meetings, the Milestones donor relations event, the
Scholarship dinner and other similar events and activities that
promote the mission and vision of the university.
Contribute to the overall success of the Susquehanna University
Fund and the Advancement Division by performing other duties and
responsibilities as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Manage a pool of prospective donors with an emphasis on
qualifying suspects for transfer to major gift staff
- Conduct face-to-face visits and solicitations from a pool of
suspects to gauge interest and capacity in giving to Susquehanna
University, with a goal of soliciting leadership level gifts at
$1,000 or more. The Assistant Director will manage a pool of annual
fund donors that includes major gift and planned giving prospects,
in addition to annual fund leadership prospects.
- Collaborate with annual fund team on campaigns including OneSU,
crowdfunding, and new opportunities.
- Organize and manage programs that recognize giving and provide
stewardship for donors, including:
- Reunion giving - Plan, organize, execute and evaluate reunion
based fundraising campaigns. Recruit and manage class agents for 10
or more reunion classes. Work in collaboration with other major
giving and annual fund staff to achieve fundraising goals tied to
reunion classes and help ensure the overall success of the reunion
giving program. Work with major gift officers to identify and
prioritize leadership giving prospects. Set participation and
dollar goals. Oversee all reunion solicitations. Coordinate the
presentation of class gifts during the all reunion luncheon during
- Accountable for fund-raising and engagement within affinity
groups, including but not limited to the alumni of color
association, alumni awards, regional alumni chapters, etc.
- Excellent organizational and project management skills with the
ability to manage multiple tasks.
- Excellent interpersonal, writing, and speaking skills.
- Proficiency with database software, e-mail, calendar and
- Ability to effectively interact with a diverse group of
internal and external constituents.
- Ability to work independently and take initiative.
This position requires a
valid driver’s license, and the ability to drive and qualify under
the university’s insurance carrier when driving a university and/or
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree or
equivalent work experience required.
Normal office environment.
Occasional evening and weekend work required, as well as overnight
travel. Occasional sitting for long periods of time (i.e. at a
computer or in meetings).
One year work experience in philanthropic fundraising, nonprofit
organizations, public relations, advertising, marketing or a
related field preferred.
Special Instructions to the Applicant:
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Open Until Filled:
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To apply, visit https://jobs.susqu.edu/postings/3531