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Manager - Annual Giving and Events

We are Harper College…the college in your community.

The College was established by referendum in 1965 and opened September 1967. It is named for Dr. William Rainey Harper, a pioneer in the junior college movement in the United States and the first president of the University of Chicago.

Harper College is now one of the nation’s premier community colleges and one of the largest, serving approximately 29,000 students annually in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The College’s academic programs prepare students for rewarding careers and for transfer to four-year universities. Harper offers associate degree and certification programs, advanced career programs, workforce training, professional development, continuing education classes, accelerated degree options for adults and developmental education programs.


Bachelor's Degree in Marketing, Business, English, Journalism, Communications or related area required.

Minimum of three years progressively successful non-profit development experience required, preferably with a focus in annual giving.

Strong organization and communication skills are essential

High level of confidence using Raiser's Edge or similar constituent database.

Volunteer management experience with high-level donors and volunteers.

Strong technical orientation and ability to analyze data.

Computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

Engage in a team environment, by collaborating with others, ability to build positive relationships, and respond to all work-related requests and needs.


The Manager of Annual Giving and Events is responsible for the planning and implementation of programs, projects, and strategies to meet the annual fund goals for the Educational Foundation. Primary duties include building and generating new donors, stewardship of current annual fund gifts from individuals and soliciting corporate sponsorship and underwriting for events.



Creates and implements annual giving tactical plan that presents Harper College’s philanthropic needs to community members, faculty, employees, volunteers, business leaders, alumni, and students.

Develops and implements an annual giving program, annual events, and special campaigns to solicit and secure gifts up to $10,000 from individuals, organizations and businesses. Identifies, cultivates and solicits a portfolio of 125 to 250 individual and corporate prospects.

Plans and implements a comprehensive print and digital direct mail campaign that utilizes advanced donor segmentation and donor upgrade techniques (moves management) to generate new and repeat gifts to the college.

Plans and directs the Employee Giving Campaign by working with appropriate internal departments, employees and faculty to create a comprehensive program that creates a culture of philanthropy and educates the Harper community as to the philanthropic needs of the College.

Collaborates with student organizations and faculty members on crowdfunding campaigns and the college’s giving day software.

Supports the Foundation’s on-line giving program to solicit gifts, capture constituent and event registrations and utilize e-communications.

Generates financial reports and status on the operation of the Annual Fund responsibilities. Proactively responds to areas to achieve annual financials goals.

Develops, implements and directs the annual fund special events including Golf Outing, Gala, and stewardship and cultivation events throughout the year. Works with event volunteers, board committee leaders and internal staff.

Coordinates the Harper College donor recognition and stewardship efforts including annual, lifetime and planned giving society lists, donor walls, donor relations communication and naming opportunities.

Facilitates negotiations with contractors and/or vendors for the Foundation’s special events.

Serves as a liaison on event-related matters such as scheduling and maintaining communication
with vendors and participants, coordinating and monitoring event timelines, and assisting with the preparation of event-related publications.

Coordinates and facilitates the selection of individuals to serve on the Annual Giving Committee and event committees.

Oversees the centralized sponsorship program as well as implementing engagement strategies and acquisition efforts to introduce prospects to the college, including the Corporate Mentorship program.

Performs related duties as assigned.

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