Assistant Director of Annual Giving - University Advancement
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Higher Education Institution
Internal Number: 10749
The Assistant Director of Annual Giving is responsible for managing and supporting a wide range of annual fundraising initiatives designed to strengthen the engagement of and giving from alums, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of the University.
The successful candidate is responsible for working collaboratively to execute the annual giving plan that enhances the overall culture of philanthropy. The Assistant Director, reporting to the Director of Annual Giving, is an integral part of a comprehensive program that serves as the foundation of future fundraising success by developing and growing a philanthropic connection with alums, parents, faculty, staff, and friends.
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DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assists in the detailed planning, direct cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of current Duquesne University alums, parents, faculty, staff, and friends with an omni-channel approach to annual and special appeals.
Manages the digital appeal strategy portion of the overall Annual Giving plan—including Spirit, Duquesne’s crowdfunding platform and Day of Giving appeal. Must be able to build strategy, create and execute digital appeals from start to finish, and provide analytics and insight into campaign performance.
Actively contributes as appropriate to direct mail appeals.
Create targeted initiatives that focus on specific audiences, including but not limited to, parents, young alums, etc.
Work collaboratively with Advancement Communication and Advancement Service colleagues on related to annual giving appeal analytics, list preparation, creative concepts, messaging and reporting.
Works with campus partners (i.e. Athletics) on any solicitations defined as an Annual Giving level gift to ensure the proper management of the donations including gift solicitation, processing and stewardship.
Stays current and attuned with Annual Giving trends, policies and procedures.
Completes other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited institution.
3-5 years of related professional experience.
Previous higher education experience.
Alternately, the successful candidate may possess any equivalent combination of experience and training, which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the essential job functions. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Experience establishing and improving donor retention and acquisition, particularly with digital giving.
Experience developing strategies to increase average gift amounts.
Strategic execution and management of a forward-looking comprehensive annual giving program of key critical audiences, including but not limited to, alums, friends, faculty, staff and parents.
Expertise with predictive modeling fundraising tools (i.e. Blackbaud, Reeher, etc.).
Experience working with fundraising databases (i.e. Banner, Raiser’s Edge, etc.).
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Exceptional organizational skills.
Comfortable working independently and collaboratively with colleagues, donors, vendors, etc. Collaboration and teamwork are a must.
Commitment to the University’s values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and recognition of the importance of treating each individual with dignity and respect consistent with the University’s Mission. Demonstrated experience with, and understanding of, the broad diversity of the University community (students, faculty, staff and others). Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the University Community.
Ability and willingness to contribute actively to the mission of the University and to respect the Spiritan Catholic identity of Duquesne University. The mission is implemented through a commitment to academic excellence, a spirit of service, moral and spiritual values, sensitivity to world concerns, and an ecumenical campus community.
Duquesne University, a private, Catholic institution, prides itself on being mission-centered and mission-driven. Our employees contribute to our culture of academic excellence and our mission of serving God by serving students. In turn, they enjoy a supportive working environment that values individual talents, encourages teamwork and rewards accomplishments.
A nationally ranked top-tier university, Duquesne has established a legacy of excellence in liberal and professional education. Our 14:1 student-faculty ratio allows our students to work closely with expert faculty. Duquesne has also won accolades and recognition among the nation’s top 20 small research schools for our research initiatives and faculty productivity.
Situated on a 50-acre campus within the city, Duquesne provides a small-town feel in an urban setting. The Pittsburgh region offers a variety of cultural, education and professional opportunities, as well as a safe and affordable lifestyle.
We strive to attract, recruit and retain a dynamic, diverse workforce. Our employees benefit from an array of campus resources that provide convenience and cost savings, including a variety of dining options, a full-ser...vice Starbucks, a retail bank and credit union, a fitness center and year-round wellness programs and onsite parking. Employees also may take advantage of the many educational, cultural and sporting events sponsored by the university.