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Director of Annual Giving

Company: Marian University
Date Posted: April 13, 2018

The Director of Annual Giving, reporting to the Vice-president for Advancement Operations, is responsible for strategy development, planning and implementation of all operations related to annual giving.  Serving as an ambassador, the Director of Annual Giving is charged with establishing, developing and maintaining relationships with alumni, faculty and staff that will lead to commitments to provide annual financial support (unrestricted and restricted contributions) for current operating purposes.  The director must collaborate with colleagues within the university to create and maintain pathways for alumni, faculty and staff participation that advance the goals of the University; partner with advancement colleagues to identify, cultivate, and solicit annual giving.  Serve as a liaison along with the Director of Alumni and Family Relations, between the Marian University Alumni Association and the academic and administrative leadership.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement university programs and services where we cultivate the activities, events, annual giving appeals, where we would cross our students over with our Donors.
  • Collaborate closely with advancement colleagues in increasing support from alumni, faculty and staff; routinely identify and qualify prospects for gifts; communicate advancement-related activities via written contact reports.
  • Grow our annual giving base to 5000 over the next 10 years with concentration on reunion classes, parents, faculty and staff.
  • Create/develop the Alumni Relations budget, manage the department calendar, and supervise staff and student workers; provide guidance to volunteers.
  • Advise on the facilitation of recognition events. Advise along with the Director of Alumni and Family Relations to work with various internal constituents, campus departments groups and alumni groups to provide consultation on best practices when working with alumni and friends of the university.
  • Report on progress through the development of strategic engagement metrics.
  • Present supporting data of best practices from other colleges and universities with metrics and annual giving plan.
  • Establish and create a Moves Management Process for a portfolio of at least 150 constituents. 
  • Build relationships with alumni, faculty and staff donors to ensure successful fundraising is met through securing individual and corporate gifts.
  • Work with MARCOM and Director of Alumni and Family Relations to develop a yearly "promotional" theme/strategy.. Similar to YOTA... where all mailings, all publications, all annual appeals, etc. had a theme to follow... seemed to flow throughout the whole year...
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree; Master's degree preferred.
  • Five to seven years of related work experience.
  • Must have a valid drivers' license.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with a wide range of groups and individuals.
  • Proven track record of growing participation in programs.
  • Excellent communication skills, including demonstrated strong public speaking capability.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills to work with a varied team of paid staff and volunteers.
  • Experience in developing and managing special events.
  • Availability for overnight travel periodically and to work evenings and weekends when necessary.
  • Commitment to know, understand and operate within the Franciscan values of peace and social justice, dignity of the individual, responsible stewardship and reconciliation.
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Leadership in alumni relations setting or comparable non-profit organization.
  • Working knowledge of marketing concepts and practices.
  • Ability to devise new, non-standard approaches to address complex challenges of a changing environment.

Located within 10 minutes of downtown Indianapolis, Marian University is one of the nation's preeminent Catholic institutions of higher learning, and ranks as one of US News & World Report's top universities in the Midwest Region.  Marion University was founded in 1937 by the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Indiana, and the Franciscan Values that the Sisters ingrained into the university's culture are still prevalent today.  The university has experienced tremendous growth in the past 15 years under the leadership of President Daniel J. Elsener, including the opening of the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013 - the state's first new medical school in 110 years.  Marian University's football team has captured the NAIA national championship in 2012 and 2015.  In 2016 and 2017, the women's basketball team won back-to-back NAIA national championships.  Marian University is also home to the most successful collegiate cycling program in the nation, which currently holds 39 national titles.

Marian University offers an excellent benefits package including health and dental insurance and full Marian University undergraduate tuition benefits for employees and their family.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Required materials include:  Resume, Cover letter, and the names and contact information of three professional references.  Only complete applicant packets submitted to hr@marian.edu will be considered.  Marian University is an EOE and is committed to diversity and encourages persons from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position.