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Assistant Director of Individual Giving

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Swarthmore
Categories: Staff



Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community.

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, they will manage leadership gift prospects across a large geographic territory and will travel regularly and extensively in order to discharge these responsibilities. They will be responsible for building professional relationships within College Advancement, in the campus community, and in professional networks as appropriate. THIS IS A TERM-LIMITED POSITION THROUGH JUNE 30, 2021.  This position is a Pay Grade Exempt 06.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Manages leadership annual gift prospects across a large geographic territory
  • 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
  • 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 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

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
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong skill 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
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English, including the ability to speak in public
  • Ability to speak on the telephone
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment, including 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

For more information and to apply, please visit:

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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