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Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations

03/08/2019 1:23 pm

Rockford University invites candidates for the position of Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations.  The selected candidate will be responsible for providing results-driven leadership to increase short-term and long-term support of Rockford University.  

The Director’s primary responsibilities will be to create and execute a comprehensive, multi-year annual giving and alumni relations plans that will result in substantial revenue growth. 80% of this position will be focused on Annual Giving, and 20% will be geared toward Alumni Relations.

The goal of the Annual Giving program is to raise unrestricted funds through the Charter Fund for operations, scholarships, and other purposes as determined by the University’s president and Board of Trustees.

The mission of the Alumni Relations area is to provide programmatic support for alumni engagement, especially in the area of class reunions, homecoming and regional gatherings as well as assisting the development effort in alumni and class giving participation. 

Rockford University offers a rich benefits package including health, dental, vision, LTD and a 403(b) retirement plan. Tuition remission for employee, spouse/partner and dependents is available upon date of hire.

• Plan, develop, and implement a strategic Annual Giving program as part of the overall fundraising strategy within the Development Office.

• Qualifies, cultivates, and personally solicits targeted annual fund donors and prospects between the $1,000 and $9,999 levels with a focus on increasing annual leadership gifts.

• Has special responsibility for enhancing the affinity of local leadership donors with the college; special focus on the Jane Addams Society.

• Assesses capacity and inclination to give and areas of interest for each donor and makes recommendations for movement of assigned donors to major gift prospect tracking.

• Provides leadership in the development of faculty and staff giving campaigns in conjunction with student and young alumni philanthropy efforts.

• Create/collaborate on key messaging and communications media, including, but not limited to direct mail and social media outreach.

• Monitor and evaluate program effectiveness and make recommendations for continued development and improvement.

• Provide leadership to the entire Development Office related to annual giving strategies, tactics, and progress toward goals.

• Identify and cultivate alumni and friends in key positions to build support for the University.

• Work in partnership with the Office of Marketing and Communications to ensure brand attributes and messaging is incorporated in annual giving marketing and materials.

• Oversee the acknowledgment and recognition of all annual fund gifts, including the Donor Honor Roll.

• Develop and implement a regular plan of reporting Annual Fund progress.

Supervises student workers and/or volunteers for events.

• Demonstrated knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of fundraising for higher education.

• Demonstrated ability to design, implement and evaluate a comprehensive program for annual gifts, establishing goals and objectives that translate into annual operating plans and appropriate staff assignments.

• Experience with strategic and annual planning, project management and process improvement efforts is essential.

• Analytic and data mining skills are preferred, including an understanding of segmentation and new media marketing.

• A Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree preferred.

• A minimum of five years of progressively responsible development experience, preferably in higher education fundraising, including a strong documented record of gift solicitation and volunteer management. Alumni work helpful but not necessary.

Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please submit cover letter indicating salary requirements, resume and list of three professional references to