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Assistant Director, Annual Giving

Middlebury College
Vermont, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
May 28, 2024

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Assistant Director, Annual Giving

If you are enthusiastic about a rich and diverse liberal arts environment, have a penchant for building relationships, and love to travel, we'd like to hear from you. Middlebury is seeking an Assistant Director of Annual Giving to collaborate with our Advancement team and help support the mission of the College as we continue our work in support of For Every Future: The Campaign for Middlebury.

In this position, you will tell a compelling story to alumni donors and volunteers about a college working to redefine the liberal arts and sciences for the 21st century. With a global reach, a place-based Vermont campus, state-of-the-art environmental initiatives, and an entrepreneurial spirit, Middlebury is capturing the attention of people who want to be part of something exciting.

You will inspire and motivate volunteers, cultivate, and solicit donors for annual leadership gifts, collaborate across a fun and talented Advancement division, and play a key role in achieving our fundraising goals. This work directly supports the institution's mission and helps launch talented students into lives of consequence. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position with opportunity for growth within Advancement and across the College. 

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, salaried position with a starting salary range of $63,009- $78,787 per year. 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Plan and execute extensive domestic travel, conducting 1:1 small group visits with prospects and volunteers for assessment of interest, cultivation of connections, solicitation of gifts, and stewardship of past giving.
  • Manage at least one milestone Reunion program and a portfolio of defined classes; recruit and manage volunteer committees, which fuel fundraising success and alumni connections.
  • Recruit, train, and solicit 100-200 class agent volunteers who will conduct peer-to-peer solicitations with classmates
  • Develop the solicitation strategy for a pool of leadership Annual Giving prospects
  • Collaborate extensively with annual giving, major gifts, planned gifts, principal gifts, and the alumni office to develop successful prospect engagement, cultivation, and solicitation strategies
  • Build and advance productive professional relationships with alumni, parents, and friends of Middlebury
  • College in service to the College's annual fundraising goals
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of Middlebury's priorities and be well-versed in its academic co-curricular, and student life programming.

Middlebury College is an equal-opportunity employer where diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values. To this end, the College recruits talented and diverse faculty, staff, and students from across the United States and around the world. Middlebury College encourages applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of other protected classes and historically underrepresented communities. The College also invites applications from individuals who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • 2 years of experience in development or related fields such as fundraising, foundation giving, education development program stewardship, capital campaigns or other fund solicitation roles. Experience in sales, and account or project management would also be considered.
  • Ability to cultivate long-term relationships with donor prospects
  • Ability to operate effectively with flexibility, creativity, and discretion
  • Committed to working in and fostering a diverse, inclusive, and positive environment
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office

Physical Demands and Working Conditions
  • Position requires working some evenings and weekends for events both on campus and on location
  • Nature of work involves that of a traditional office setting, desk, and computer, but allows for some hybrid flexibility
  • 25% of the role will focus on required travel. Must have a valid driver's license; and ability to travel via air and public transport

Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

As an employee of Middlebury College, you will enjoy being part of a vibrant supportive community. Middlebury Colleges offers its employees excellent compensation and competitive health, dental, life, disability, generous retirement matching, and vision benefits, Middlebury offers a generous time-away program - up to 34 days per year during the first two years of service, increasing as the term of service lengthens. Middlebury employees are eligible for robust educational assistance programs as well as free or reduced rates for cultural events and use of sporting facilities (including the College's golf course and Nordic and alpine ski areas). The result is a very high quality-of-life in a gorgeous setting. Middlebury Colleges offers its employees excellent compensation and other perks of employment including:
  • MiddCard Privileges: access to athletic facilities, discounts at the College store, library privileges, and discounts at cultural and sporting events. In addition, the card allows door access to certain campus buildings. Spouses or domestic partners of benefits-eligible employees are eligible to receive a Spouse/Partner card with the same privileges as the employee card (except door access).
  • Discounts on season passes at Middlebury College Snow Bowl, the Ralph Myhre Golf Course and the Rikert Outdoor Center.
  • Access to our Partner Inclusion Program that provides comprehensive support services to the spouses and partners of Middlebury employees.
  • A full listing of our benefit offerings can be found on our website by following this web link:
  • Or click see some of the other fun perks of working at Middlebury, whether in Vermont or Monterey!

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