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Staff - Assistant Director of the SU Annual Fund

Susquehanna University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Aug 10, 2023

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Staff - Assistant Director of the SU Annual Fund

About Susquehanna:
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.

Position Summary:
Job SummaryThe 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 Responsibilities
  • Manage a pool of prospective donors with an emphasis on qualifying suspects for transfer to major gift staff portfolios
  • 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 homecoming weekend.
    • 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.

  • 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 prospects.
  • 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.

Required Qualifications:
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • 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 Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to effectively interact with a diverse group of internal and external constituents.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.

Additional Requirements 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 leased vehicle.
Education and ExperienceBachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required.
Physical DemandNormal 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).

Preferred Qualifications:
One year work experience in philanthropic fundraising, nonprofit organizations, public relations, advertising, marketing or a related field preferred.

Special Instructions to the Applicant:

Benefits Eligible: Yes
Number of Months: 12 months
Other Number of Months:
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full Time
Work Schedule/Hours per Week:
Posting Date:
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled: No
Anticipated Start Date:
Posting Number: AH01006

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