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Director of Campaign Operations

Vassar College
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Oct 25, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement
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Vassar College

Director of Campaign Operations

Department: Office of Advancement
Duration of Position: Full year / Full time
Work Schedule:
Employee Type: Administrator
Posting Date: 05/25/2021
Union Representation: Not Applicable
Posting Number: AS075P
Pay Rate:

About Vassar College
Founded in 1861, Vassar was established with a mission to offer young women a liberal arts education equal to the best men’s colleges of the day. Coeducational since 1969, Vassar continues to reflect its bold and distinctive history of progressive leadership in higher education and is consistently ranked among the country’s top residential liberal arts institutions. Today, under the leadership of President Elizabeth Bradley, Vassar is deeply engaged in a comprehensive and participatory approach to the ongoing work of becoming a fully inclusive and equitable community. We affirm the inherent value of a diverse campus through a commitment to need-blind admissions and a curriculum that is reflective of the interconnectedness of our lives as members of multiple local and global communities. Vassar is poised to launch an historic comprehensive campaign that will deepen our investment in financial aid and student life, expand research opportunities for our world-class faculty, and provide critical support for curricular innovation, racial justice and community engagement, environmental sustainability, admissions and career education. Vassar is deeply committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, diversity and inclusiveness. Vassar seeks to create a pluralistic community for all staff, faculty and students. Vassar College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer, and applications from women, individuals with disabilities and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. Vassar College is a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus.

Position Summary and Responsibilities
The Office of Advancement seeks a Director of Campaign Operations to join our senior team in the College's upcoming campaign. Reporting to the Vice President, the Director will manage the strategic organization and implementation of the Campaign. The Director will work closely with the team of Associate Vice Presidents and others to keep the Campaign on schedule and progressing with a high level of visibility and momentum that engenders a sense of excitement, optimism and confidence among the staff, volunteer leadership, and donors in meeting Campaign goals. The Director will develop appropriate and meaningful criteria to track and ensure the timely and successful progress of all relevant campaign areas toward reaching their financial and other non-monetary goals. We welcome candidates who have experience within and beyond higher education who embrace Vassar's mission and its commitment to diversity and inclusion, and who wish to have a real impact on advancing the College at this pivotal time.


  • Provide the Vice President with regular and meaningful assessments of the campaign's progress against goals.
  • Use data and analysis to track campaign trends, identify potential concerns, and facilitate timely shifts in focus, direction, or thinking, as well as to identify opportunities to exceed goals.
  • Manage the work of campaign committees, including, but not limited to, monitoring and tracking next steps with volunteers to keep the campaign on track.
  • Design and manage campaign reports for President, Vice President, Board of Trustees, campaign leadership, volunteers, and Advancement staff.
  • Track prospect lists, their projected goals, and the level of active prospect strategies and activities of each area.
  • Manage campaign Giving Opportunities Database and work closely with the Prospect Development and Research team to coordinate donor pool.
  • In collaboration with the AVPs, develop meaningful progress assessments of their program activity and fundraising goals.
  • Develop and track indicators of non-financial engagement and their goals for the campaign.
  • Develop a system to track key communications milestones and projects for the campaign.
  • Identify opportunities for measuring and reporting on the effectiveness of individual campaign communication products.
  • Coordinate with Advancement Services to track and monitor campaign budget.
  • Provide Campaign Consultant with information and data needed as necessary.
  • Take on other duties as assigned.

This position is for the duration of the campaign, currently anticipated to close in 2026, with the possibility of an renewal/extension beyond that date.

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Five years or more of related experience in project management with a preference for experience in fundraising and higher education.
  • Strong data analysis skills with knowledge of budget and accounting practices preferred.
  • Commitment to working in a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Significant experience with complex projects, requiring attention to detail and strong collaboration skills working within the existing team-based structure.
  • Experience with report design, data analysis and data visualization.
  • Experience with project management and project management software to implement and manage a process for tracking campaign activity.
  • Utmost discretion and confidentiality.
  • Strong organizational, time management, written, verbal communication, and listening skills.
  • High level of attention to detail, accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and collaborate with various members of the senior team, fundraising and engagement teams, support staff, and campaign leadership.
  • Knowledge of CRM database management systems and reporting applications.
  • Proficient in MSWord, Excel, Powerpoint, Google Suite, and the ability and curiosity to learn new software.

Special Instructions to Applicants
To complete your on-line application, you will be required to attach your resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 professional references. All attachments must be in PDF format. Review of applications will begin immediately. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources, 845-437-5820.

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