Assistant Director Individual Giving

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Work type: Limited Term Full Time
Location: Swarthmore
Categories: Staff

Assistant Director Individual Giving

 Are you looking for a way to make a difference? Are you passionate about how education changes lives and improves our world? Would you like to work with sharp and accomplished alumni and parents whose giving helps students gain the knowledge, insight, and experience to become leaders for the common good?  If so, join the Advancement team at Swarthmore College and create opportunities for young people who, in turn, will apply their intelligence, talents, and abilities to make the world a better place.

Under the leadership of President Valerie Smith, the College has launched the ambitious Changing Lives, Changing the World campaign to further advance its mission through significant new investments across campus. To help reach our goals, we are currently searching for an Assistant Director to join our Individual Giving team.

 The Assistant Director of Individual Giving is responsible for the identification, engagement, and solicitation of Swarthmore alumni, parents, and friends having the capacity to make leadership-level annual gifts to The Swarthmore Fund.  Utilizing a donor-centric approach, s/he will manage leadership gift prospects across a large geographic territory and will travel regularly and extensively in order to discharge these responsibilities.  Also responsible for building professional relationships within College Advancement, in the campus community, and in professional networks as appropriate.  Note: THIS IS A LIMITED-TERM POSITION THROUGH JUNE 30, 2020.

Essential Responsibilities

  •  Manages leadership annual gift prospects across a large geographic territory.  Successful management requires ongoing identification of potential prospects and the development and implementation of appropriate donor engagement and solicitation strategies.  Manages and maintains accurate and up-to-date database records of work with prospects.
  • Travels to qualify, engage, solicit, and steward leadership level annual donors to the College. The Assistant Director will, on average, schedule 12-15 face-to-face meetings with Swarthmore constituents per month.  Accountable for both dollar and activity goals as determined in consultation with supervisor at the outset of each fiscal year.
  • Completes paper and electronic correspondence with prospects in a timely fashion, and in a clear, concise and well-written manner that is reflective of the College’s academic standards.
  • Works collaboratively throughout the division to promote a team environment and ensure the success of all College Advancement programs.
  • Recruits, trains, and manages fundraising volunteers as assigned in order to increase alumni engagement and involvement and maximize fundraising potential.
  • Stays attuned to gift planning cues and clues when in conversation with loyal annual fund donors and refers leads to appropriate Individual Giving colleagues.
  • Coordinates at least one department-wide activity or project each year.

 Additional Responsibilities

  •  Attends and assists other College Advancement staff at College events as needed.
  • Serves voluntarily on ad-hoc or standing College committees, as appropriate and with approval of supervisor.
  • Takes advantage of opportunities for professional development at least twice annually.
  • Performs other assignments as directed by his or her supervisor.

 Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum of three (3) years working in institutional advancement or equivalent professional experience.
  • Strong organizational abilities, in particular abilities to manage multiple projects and to remain focused and effective while traveling. Attention to detail and ability to handle multiple and varied tasks independently, while also working collaboratively.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including in imaginative and persuasive writing.
  • Strong skills in dealing with people, using tact and diplomacy, and the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality. Strong customer service skills.
  • Strong skill in articulating the value of higher education.
  • Ability to use a variety of computer applications, including demonstrated skills in the use of word processing and spreadsheets (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs and Sheets), and fundraising databases (e.g. Banner) and reporting software (e.g. Argos).
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, or as needed to complete projects or meet heavy demand.
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English, including the ability to speak in public.
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment, including phones, computer, printer, copier, scanner, and fax machine.
  • Valid US driver’s license and ability to travel locally, regionally, and nationally.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  •  Advanced degree.
  • Experience working in a college or university setting, especially in a comprehensive fundraising campaign environment.
  • Exposure to planned giving vehicles.

This is a full-time limited-term position that offers a competitive benefits package and paid time off.  For more information and to apply, please visit: http://careers.swarthmore.edu/cw/en-us/job

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 



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