Reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Alumni Engagement and
in collaboration with Advancement Division staff, the Director of
Annual Giving develops and implements the annual giving strategies
and programs that include identification, cultivation,
solicitation, and stewardship of annual gifts from all constituents
including, but not limited to alumni, faculty, staff and friends,
in order to fulfill the mission and philanthropic priorities of
Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. The
University will not sponsor applicants for this position for
- Plans, develops, and implements a comprehensive, fiscal year
plan with objectives, timelines and evaluation plans for the annual
giving program including mass communication channels (direct mail,
e-mail, digital, social media and calling strategies).
- Sets fiscal year dollar and donor participation goals in
consultation with Associate Vice Chancellor; creates metrics and
reports progress toward goals throughout the year.
- Sets vision for the annual giving efforts related to the
priorities of the multi-year, comprehensive campaign.
- Creates annual giving messaging and solicitation toolkit for
Advancement Division to assist colleges and units with giving
links, giving forms, QR codes, etc. to be used on websites,
newsletters, business cards, event collateral, etc.
- Works closely with Advancement Communications to determine
appropriate timing of annual giving activity and ensure that the
University’s brand and integrated communication strategies are
appropriately reflected in all solicitations and donor
- Creates compelling stories and profiles to educate alumni and
constituents about the role and impact of philanthropy.
- Coordinates with Advancement Services in the maintenance and
accuracy of donor records within the database and file records to
improve donor reach and retention.
- In collaboration with the prospect research team, identifies
and manages a large pool of prospective donors for distribution to
- Serves as a member of a team of professionals across the
Division to build and maintain processes and procedures for the
acknowledgement and stewardship of donors at the annual giving
- Leverages data analysis to drive future strategies.
Collaborating with colleagues, develops robust reporting and
analytical tools to analyze current fundraising strategies and
inform future efforts.
- Evaluates and recommends various software and technology tools
and products to elevate annual giving outcomes while managing
towards a specified budget.
- Offers proactive and consistent mentoring and training to staff
across the Division to ensure best practice knowledge and
implementation of strategies to support annual giving activity. May
supervise student workers to execute annual giving activities.
- Builds systems and processes to grow and strengthen the donor
pipeline. Identifies potential major gift and planned gift
prospects from the annual giving donor pool.
- Acts as a subject matter expert and central point of contact
for questions about Annual Giving and Division of Advancement
policies and procedures.
- Develops a professional network of colleagues to conduct
regular benchmarking. Proactively sources and applies new and
emerging best practices and higher education industry standards to
achieve personal and team goals.
- Identifies and solves complex, operational, and organizational
problems leveraging the appropriate resources within or outside the
- Performs other duties as assigned.
40 hours per week. Additional hours may be needed during peak
Pay commensurate with education and experience.
Hiring Range: $65,776 - $95,000
University Title: Advancement Director II
A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and
experience and at least 5 years of experience from which comparable
knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary
A Bachelor's degree
Strong understanding of and experience in annual giving operations
within higher education.
Ability to work collaboratively across the Division and the
University to understand annual giving priorities and impact.
Ability to juggle multiple projects at the same time while meeting
Strong written and verbal skills.
Strong technical skills including Google and Microsoft Office Suite
(Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and social media/electronic
Intermediate or advance experience in CRM (alumni) database
maintenance and reporting.
Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter and
resume) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a
resume attachment to the UMSL Job site: http://umsl.jobs.
(Reference letters will be requested for finalists at a later
date). Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is
11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).
For questions about the application process, please call (314)
516-5805. If you are experiencing technical problems, please email
The University of Missouri - St. Louis offers benefit-eligible
employees a wide variety of benefits including: health, dental and
vision coverage effective on the first day of employment,
retirement, paid time off, tuition assistance for employees and
their dependents and employee and dependent life insurance. For
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