Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement, Vocation, and Alumni Engagement, the Director of Annual and Reunion Giving is responsible for designing and executing fundraising efforts for the Wheaton Fund and reunion gifts.
Lead all annual fundraising efforts for unrestricted funds from alumni, parents, and friends, planning the annual solicitation calendar, designing the segmentation strategy, keeping up-to-date with best-practices, evaluating progress, and implementing new programs as appropriate.
Supervise annual giving staff. Direct, support, and empower these positions to attain the goals of their respective roles through individual initiative and collaboration with others.
Lead the expansion of the Wheaton Fund on an annual basis, keeping in line with aggressive goals set forth by the Senior Administrative Cabinet and Trustees.
Report on the College’s annual fundraising efforts, outcomes, and trends, identifying areas for opportunity and adjusting strategy to accomplish fundraising and participation goals. Communicate strategic direction to campus stakeholders.
Oversee the Manager of Leadership Annual Giving and collaborate with the major gifts team and Vice President to solicit mid-level and major gifts to the Wheaton Fund.
Oversee the Wheaton Associates program through the Manager of Leadership Annual Giving. Plan and host three stewardship events per year as well as ongoing stewardship, cultivation, and solicitation touchpoints for this donor group.
Oversee the Manager of Annual & Reunion Giving Programs to develop and execute reunion gift strategy, in collaboration with the Alumni and Parent Engagement team and class reunion committees.
Oversee the Manager of Annual & Reunion Giving Programs in efforts to cultivate the next generation of annual fund donors through student philanthropy and young alumni strategies as well as a loyalty giving society.
Oversee all phone solicitation for the College through the Phonathon Manager, ensuring continued strategic use of the phone channel to achieve donor acquisition, renewal, and retention goals.
Oversee the execution of all direct mail fund-raising efforts for unrestricted gifts to the College in collaboration with the Marketing Specialist for Advancement. This may include editing copy, directing the packaging design process, segmenting donor lists, communicating with print and mail vendors, purchasing external services, and analyzing and reporting on outcomes, testing new techniques on a regular basis.
Oversee the acknowledgement of all unrestricted gifts to the College and prompt response to donor feedback, utilizing letters, personal notes, phone calls, and other mailings of appreciation as appropriate.
Draft and manage budget for Annual and Reunion Giving programs and activities.
Review fundraising communications from various departments across campus, ensuring they reflect Wheaton’s commitment to fundraising excellence and do not conflict with the efforts of Advancement, Vocation, and Alumni Engagement.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required.
Demonstrated project management, writing, data analysis, interpersonal, and supervisory skills.
Preference will be granted to those with experience in an educational advancement organization.
A proactive and collaborative disposition and capacity to work across organizational boundaries.
Computer and organizational skills.
A call to advance God’s kingdom through financial generosity and Wheaton’s mission.
About Wheaton College
Wheaton College is an evangelical Protestant Christian liberal arts college whose faculty and staff affirm a Statement of Faith and adhere to lifestyle expectations of the Wheaton College Community Covenant. The College complies with federal and state guidelines for nondiscrimination in employment. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Read more about Wheaton College and its programs at www.wheaton.edu.