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Assistant Director-Annual Giving Alumni Liaison

Utah Valley University
Utah, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Sep 8, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Alumni Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Director-Annual Giving Alumni Liaison

Salary: $40,173.00 - $53,631.00 Annually
Job Type: FT Exempt Salaried Staff
Job Number: FY2401595
Closing: 9/30/2023 11:59 PM Mountain
Location: 800 W University Parkway, Orem
Division: Major Gifts/Development Programs

Position Announcement
The UVU Annual Giving and Alumni Relations Department is looking for the right candidate to fill this position. Through fundraising and networking efforts, our departments help students, faculty, and staff have the resources needed to succeed and move the institution into the future! We would love for you to be a part of that legacy. Working under the supervision of the Director of Annual Giving, the Assistant Director of Annual Giving - Alumni Relations Liaison is responsible for fundraising efforts surrounding current students and alumni. This includes planning, implementation, and execution of fundraising campaigns and events designed to expand a culture of engagement and philanthropy to the University in conjunction with Alumni Relations and student activities. Additionally, the Assistant Director manages multiple donation platforms and ensures proper movement of the donor pipeline and stewardship processes are complete.

Summary of Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the development and implementation of annual giving and long-term giving strategies designed to determine and track UVU affinity, create philanthropic awareness, engage new and current donors, increase donor retention and participation, solidify stewardship plans, achieve metrics, and track results. This includes developing a comprehensive calendar of solicitation activities surrounding Alumni Relation events and other campus opportunities to connect with current students and alumni. Duties include, but are not limited to, creating campaign strategies, managing project deadlines, incorporating appropriate messaging and segmentation, executing multi-channel delivery methods, ensuring data hygiene, and determining appeal strategy, timing, and donor stewardship.
  • Cultivate relationships with student government, students, alumni, and annual giving level donors through primary manager level relationships, campus partner connections, alumni and student events, direct mail, email, text, and social media. Track student and alumni outreach, cultivation, and stewardship to ensure current and potential donors are solicited to secure new/annual gift(s), invited to events, and stewarded properly.
  • Collaborate with and advise Directors of Development, Alumni Relations, alumni chapters, Alumni Relations Advisory Board, GOLD Council, and campus partners to develop campaign strategies that build affinity and encompass the donor cycle: cultivation, solicitation, retention, and stewardship as well as ensure university policy is adhered to in receiving donations.
  • Establish and mentor the Student Philanthropy Council and work closely with the Alumni Relations Student Alumni Association Ambassadors, Foundation Ambassadors, student government, and other campus partners to facilitate and manage fundraising and stewardship efforts, and ensure fundraising activities are incorporated within campus and Alumni Relations events.
  • Other duties as assigned, which may include supporting university-level and Annual Giving priorities in engagement-focused events, and seeking opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Business, Finance, Communication, Public Relations, English, or a related field, or equivalency and two years of experience in fundraising, marketing, sales, business, public relations, annual, corporate or foundation giving, or a combination of education and/or experience totaling six years.

Preferred Qualifictions:
Experience in development, annual giving, alumni relations, and higher education.

Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of soliciting diverse groups and best practices for annual fundraising programs, alumni engagement, event management, and marketing.
  • Evidence of experience or significant professional development with an institutional advancement, business, marketing, nonprofit, or higher education focus
  • Experience creating, writing, editing, and managing direct and digital cultivation and solicitation efforts, including direct mail, email, social media, and internet advertising, with demonstrated ability to successfully solicit and close annual fund gifts with clear metrics of success.
  • Innovative, strategic thinker with the ability to successfully manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment with a strong work ethic, innovative and creative mindset, robust attention to detail, superb organizational skills and analytical abilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish, cultivate and steward strong relationships with students, donors, alumni, campus partners, peers, and friends of the institution.
  • Intrinsically motivated and able to create innovative ideas to achieve results. Recognizes and seizes opportunities.
  • Ability to work independently, problem solve, take initiative, set priorities, handle multiple projects efficiently and effectively, and track results. Takes responsibility and initiative to set and meet goals, objectives and obligations while representing the mission, visions, and values of the organization.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and customer service. Poised, professional manner with the ability to express oneself clearly and empathetically in interactions with others in all forms of communications, verbal and written, one-on-one and groups, etc. Ability to communicate in a direct and professional manner that engages dialogue in a way that resolves differences.
  • Demonstrated competency with a comprehensive and contemporary donor database system such as Blackbaud Raisers Edge.
  • Strong skillset with Microsoft Office, particularly the ability to utilize Excel to manipulate and analyze data, utilize formulas, and manipulate pivot tables.

EEO Statement:

UVU employment decisions are made on the basis of an applicant's qualifications and ability to perform the job without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 and over), disability, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or other bases protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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