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Assistant Director, Annual Giving – Young Alumni

Trinity College
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Aug 30, 2023

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Position Information

Assistant Director, Annual Giving – Young Alumni

Annual Giving

Regular or Temporary

Hours Per Week

FLSA Determination

Weeks Per Year


Open Date

Full or Part Time
Full Time

Position Summary

Trinity College seeks a staff that reflects the changing demographics of our student body. Our student body is diverse, representing 41 states and 70 countries, with 21 percent U.S. students of color and 50 percent who identify as women. More than 90 percent of students live on campus. Trinity is a highly selective, independent, nonsectarian liberal arts institution located in the capital city of Hartford, Connecticut. With more than 2,100 full-time undergraduate students and 91 graduate students, the college maintains a rigorous academic profile complemented by a vibrant and diverse co-curricular program. We consider our location in a culturally and socioeconomically diverse capital city to be among Trinity’s most distinctive assets, and we cultivate strong connections with our surrounding neighbors and with institutions and organizations throughout Hartford and the region. As a preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives.

Annual Giving plays an important role in the life of the college by supporting Trinity’s current priorities, providing flexibility for the college to meet immediate needs throughout the year, and taking advantage of new opportunities as they arise. Reporting to the Director of Annual Giving, the Assistant Director of Annual Giving – Young Alumni establishes and implements strategic plans to accomplish fundraising goals for the Trinity College Fund from alumni classes 1 to 13 years post-graduation and the senior class gift campaign. This includes managing the 5th and 10th reunion classes. The Assistant Director will oversee interactions with volunteers and alumni to achieve desired dollar and participation goals and enhance volunteer and alumni engagement. In addition, the Assistant Director will oversee an active student philanthropy program that provides education on the importance of giving back for students attending Trinity. The Assistant Director, in collaboration with the Program Coordinator for Annual Giving, will also manage the Student Advancement Officer ( SAO ) Program and will recruit and train SAOs and develop a pipeline of future volunteers.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • SUMMARY : Under the direction of the Director of Annual Giving and working with fellow Class Managers, develop and execute strategies and metrics to accomplish fundraising goals for the Trinity College Fund and enhance volunteer and alumni engagement from the youngest 13 alumni classes including 2 reunion classes. Responsible for setting and achieving class-level donor and fundraising goals.
  • PROSPECT MANAGEMENT : Manage a personal portfolio of 125 annual fund prospects and volunteers within your class cohort with a goal of 40-50 personal visits per fiscal year with emphasis on alumni volunteers and Long Walk Societies-level potential donors.
  • REUNION : Recruit and manage 5th and 10th Reunion Classes, in partnership with Alumni Relations and other staff members. Host four Reunion committee meetings per year, as well as subcommittee meetings as needed. Coordinate communications with committee and direct enhanced Reunion fundraising efforts.
  • RECRUITMENT : Oversee the recruitment and onboarding of new fundraising volunteers within your assigned cohort of classes. Also responsible for transitioning fundraising volunteers who are going into or coming out of a Reunion year. Devise strategies to fully staff each assigned class with quality volunteers. Find opportunities for affinity segmentation to increase effective outreach within a given class.
  • COMMUNICATION : In conjunction with TCF Team, conduct two to four Zoom meetings per fiscal year with volunteers to provide campus updates and encourage open dialogue and communication. Provide regular communication to fundraising volunteers regarding classmate assignments and classmate pledge/gift activity. Facilitate solicitation letters and electronic communications from class agents. Administer volunteer online portal (Give Campus VMS ) and texting platform (GetThru/ThruText). Utilize electronic (iModules) and social media.
  • DATABASE : Responsible for technical support including database record keeping; producing merge lists and letters; generating a regular schedule of internal and external volunteer related reports.
  • EVENTS : Organize and execute young alumni engagement/philanthropy events in partnership with Alumni Relations.

  • Establish attainable giving participation for the Senior Class Gift Campaign.
  • Expand current senior class gift program to become the student philanthropy program.
  • Create and maintain a yearly annual fund plan for student philanthropy, including appeals and solicitations and management of GiveCampus VMS and ThruText platforms for student use.
  • Create a culture of giving back amongst Trinity students.
  • Provide annual giving educational opportunities for students.
  • Identify and manage student volunteers including the Senior Class Gift Committee.
  • Explore recruitment and training of student advancement interns to assist with the senior class gift campaign and the student philanthropy program.
  • Increase visibility of annual giving efforts across campus.
  • Conduct monthly meetings with committee; organize events and tabling to market and promote the senior class gift throughout the year.
  • Assist committee with marketing and communications, including social media efforts and use of Canva.
  • Identify and promote incentive(s) for seniors to give.

  • Oversee the Student Advancement Officer ( SAO ) program and manage the Program Coordinator’s assistance with the program.
  • Form an annual plan for student calling in coordination with the Trinity College Fund plan/calendar (including engagement and thank you calls). Peak calling times include calendar year end, Giving Day, and fiscal year end.
  • Coordinate “in office” shifts with students to assist with TCF needs; schedule students to work at events as needed.
  • Set annual goals for the SAO program including budget and staffing needs and create tracking methods for calling results including dollars, donors, contacts/calls made, hours worked, etc.
  • Post SAO opportunities, interview prospective student callers, manage SAO hours and work with payroll to execute compensation in partnership with the Program Coordinator for Annual Giving.
  • Hire and train student managers to oversee calling sessions.
  • Provide regular updates on data and results of the student calling program.

  • Responsible for working with the Director of Annual Giving and other Annual Giving staff to plan the Annual Fund calendar, set goals, determine, and execute strategies for annual giving solicitation efforts. Analyze and use data to plan for and realize annual giving goals.
  • Work alongside the Advancement team in managing and executing a wide range of activities and solicitations for the annual Giving Day celebration and other major college events such as Homecoming, Family Weekend, Commencement, and Reunion Weekend.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required; and 1 or 2 years of fundraising or comparable experience is preferred, preferably in education.
  • Experience managing volunteers and/or student workers is preferred.
  • Articulate and persuasive communicator, both verbally and in writing.
  • Adept at social media and networking.
  • Strong sense of personal and professional integrity and work ethic.
  • Exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills; ability to inspire colleagues and motivate volunteers.
  • Strong attention to detail, well-organized, excellent at managing deadlines, and a proactive problem solver.· Computer fluency including Microsoft Office Suite, donor database software, and query tools.
  • Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • A valid U.S. driver’s license.
Special Instructions to Applicants

All applicants must apply online by submitting their resume, cover letter and 3 references.

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Trinity College is an independent, nonsectarian liberal arts college for men and women, with approximately 2,200 undergraduate students and 200 faculty members, located in Hartford, Connecticut. Our Mission is “Engage. Connect. Transform.” As the preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives. Trinity is an actively engaged community of students, faculty and staff who work together to develop and sustain the intellectual and creative opportunities central to a first-class liberal arts education. Hartford, the state capital, provides many opportunities for cultural and social engagement.

The College is committed to building a representative and diverse faculty, administrative staff, and student body. Trinity is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities should request, in advance, any needed accommodation in order to participate in the application process.

For all faculty positions, completion of the Ph.D. or appropriate equivalent is expected. Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching in a liberal arts context, and a well-articulated plan for sustained research. Trinity is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service.


Trinity College

Intellectually impressive. Fiercely determined. Unquestionably accomplished.


Since its foundation in 1823, Trinity College, located in the heart of Hartford, Connecticut, has been educating students in the liberal arts with the educational and experiential foundations they need to succeed as informed global citizens. Trinity is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and the Consortium On Financing Higher Education (COFHE). Faculty and alumni include recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur award, Guggenheims, Rockefellers, and other national academic awards.

While Trinity has enjoyed a long, prestigious history, the college finds itself poised in transition as the landscape of higher education across the country undergoes a fundamental shift. Under the leadership of Joanne Berger-Sweeney, who was inaugurated on October 26, 2014 as Trinity’s 22nd President, Trinity is looking forward to a bold future that will require innovation borne out of long-term strategic planning that will make the college even more visible and competitive. Among the strategic plan’s broad goals is to design a distinctive, relevant liberal arts education that positions Trinity increasingly as a first-choice destination for students, faculty, and staff.

At Trinity College, we’re known for getting things done—and for doing them in a way that creates lasting meaning. Students come here to engage in a challenging liberal arts education, live as part of a tenacious community, explore what’s possible, and find answers to the challenges of tomorrow.

On our 100-acre campus in Connecticut's state capital, you can take advantage of all that our thriving city has to offer, including diverse perspectives, experiential learning, and an energetic culture. And with the knowledge, resources, and partnerships we’ve cultivated at Trinity, we’re an active part of driving Hartford forward as well.

We are committed to providing the best possible service to our employees and the college. We recognize the diverse composition and needs of our community of employees and strive to respond to those needs in a professional, caring and equitable manner by:

  • Recruiting and promoting the best-qualified people – while recognizing and encouraging the value of diversity in the workplace.
  • Providing a competitive salary and benefits package for our employees.
  • Establishing, administering and effectively communicating sound policies and practices that treat employees with dignity and equality, while maintaining compliance with employment and labor laws and College directives.
  • Promoting a work atmosphere that is safe, healthy, secure and conscious of family and community relations.

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