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Program Manager: Student Philanthropy and Senior Class Gift

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Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT. The University is comprised of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Education and Human Development. As an expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values.

Job Description:

Job Title: Program Manager: Student Philanthropy and Senior Class Gift

Division: University Advancement

Department: Annual Giving

Reports to: Director, Annual Giving: Megan Rajski

Position: Program Manager: Student Philanthropy and Senior Class Gift

Basic Function: Fairfield University is seeking an enthusiastic, innovative, and goal-driven Program Manager to join our dynamic Annual Giving team within University Advancement. In this role, you will play a pivotal role in managing, supporting, and achieving revenue and donor goals for our student philanthropy and senior class gift programs.

Education and Experience Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

  • Preferred experience: 1-2 years in fundraising and/or event planning in a development office or non-profit, preferably in higher education, or similar applicable experience.

  • Additional experience could also include: working in or with student Phonathon, student fundraising, non-profit fundraising, student events, and/or student government.

  • Excellent project and time management skills, attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and the ability to represent University Advancement and the University professionally both internally and externally.

  • Must be motivated to learn and flexible to change. Demonstrated creative and strategic-thinking qualities a plus.

  • Ability to work independently, get projects done by enlisting the cooperation of others, and manage details.

  • Highly desirable: Volunteer management skills.

  • Available for evening and weekend work, minimal travel as required.

  • Able to demonstrate and advocate for the University’s Jesuit mission and the University’s commitment to being an inclusive/welcoming community.

Key Responsibilities:

Student Philanthropy:
  • Assist the Annual Giving team in developing annual communication, solicitation, stewardship, and activities for the development of student philanthropy, transitioning students into young alumni (YA) status, with a focus on fostering lifelong connections and philanthropic interests in Fairfield University.

  • Participate in and/or coordinate events and programs for current students, including New Student Orientation, Commencement, Student Fair, etc., in collaboration with our Office of Alumni Relations/ Student Alumni Association

  • Collaborate with the Fairfield Annual Giving team to enhance student education about the impact of giving and attend student events and meetings as a resource for student fundraising volunteers.

  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with staff members in various university departments, including the Office for Campus Life, Career Center, Athletics, Dean of Student Affairs Office, Office of Alumni Relations, Marketing & Communications, and other relevant academic departments.

  • Manage and train an identified pool of student volunteers targeted to fundraising efforts through regular communication cycles and opportunities.

Senior Class Gift:
  • Capitalize on our highly successful senior class gift program to improve young alumni donor loyalty and experience, creating engaging programs to encourage seniors to contribute to their senior class gift.

  • Utilize a mix of traditional strategies, social media, and innovative tools like online crowdfunding to develop programs and manage class volunteers to meet annual goals.

  • Create and support 4-6 Senior Class-focused events aimed at driving giving and affinity to Fairfield.

  • Recruit and manage 15+ Senior Class Gift Committee members, including 1-2 chairs, to assist in managing and engaging their classmates.

Student Phonathon:
  • Assist with the management of Fairfield University’s student-run Phonathon.

  • Assist with hiring, scheduling, and training of a staff of 40 student callers and supervisors.

  • Ensure the implementation of segmented calling, regular database updates, and fulfillment of Phonathon program goals.

Annual Giving, Advancement:
  • Collaborate with the Annual Giving team on the implementation of STAGiving Day, Reunions, and other priority programming.

  • Monitor progress towards program goals and adjust tactics as needed to ensure objectives are met, reporting on results.

  • Participate in the professional development of the department, promoting efficiency and courtesy throughout the University community.

  • Attend departmental/staff meetings, serve as a responsible committee representative as requested, and communicate effectively with supervisors on pertinent matters.

  • Promote professionalism, efficiency, and courtesy throughout the University community and alumni body consistent with the department's mission.

  • Engage in personal development through membership in professional associations, workshop and seminar attendance, and self-education in higher education and giving trends.

  • Participate in staff, divisional, and University meetings, events, and/or committees as requested.

  • Work within the division's fiscal budget when planning and implementing programs.

Performs such other duties, responsibilities, and activities as required by supervisor and as departmental/University needs indicate.

This position is based at Fairfield University’s Fairfield, CT campus and is not eligible for immigration assistance.

Diversity Statement: Members of the Fairfield University community are committed to respecting and valuing one another, finding the common good rooted in us all, and working collaboratively to achieve our potential as a modern Jesuit Catholic institution. We aspire to be an inclusive, welcoming community that is representative of an ever-changing and diverse global populace. The Jesuit tradition of cura personalis – care for the whole person – animates our mission. We educate men and women who serve for and with others within the rich tapestry of cultures that comprise our contemporary world.

By encouraging dialogue, communication, community partnerships, and a culture of understanding, we foster in our students, faculty, and staff the capacity and desire to build a better world through productive citizenship and societal stewardship.

How to Apply: Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their resume and a cover letter outlining their relevant experience and qualifications.

We look forward to welcoming a passionate and driven individual to our Annual Giving team at Fairfield University. Join us in making a difference in the lives of our students and the success of our institution.


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Performs such other duties, responsibilities, and activities as required by supervisor and as departmental/University needs indicate.


The above information indicates the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain and should not be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, activities, and/or qualifications required or expected of employees assigned to this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change and new ones may be assigned at any time, with or without notice.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check.

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Fairfield Univesity

Our scenic, 200-acre campus is situated on the Connecticut coastline, just 60-minutes away from the heart of Manhattan and less than a mile from the beaches of Long Island Sound. But it’s more than just our surroundings that make our campus unique — it’s our commitment to each and every student’s personal and professional growth and their journey to becoming individuals of purpose.

For more than 80 years, Fairfield University has been graduating adept, accomplished, and socially responsible leaders in an academic community where the learning goes deeper, the friendships are more meaningful, and the experiences stay with you long after graduation. As a values-based, student-centric, outcomes-focused Jesuit Catholic University, we are committed to educating the whole person — mind, body, and spirit — and providing students with experiential learning and professional development opportunities that give them a competitive edge in today’s job market. At Fairfield, the future is filled with opportunities as limitless as your potential, and they all begin with you.

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