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Higher Ed Administrative Careers - Development/Fundraising
4 Year Degree
The Director of Annual Giving will direct and manage University Advancement Annual Giving donor engagement impact efforts while also maintaining a limited major prospect list seeking to move donors to increased levels of participation.
Collaborate with colleagues within University Advancement to identify and articulate the strongest institutional selling points, and with key academic and administrative leaders at the University to identify and advertise areas, projects and initiatives that could be advanced measurably in a given year with increments of annual support. These deliberations would inform the production of a set of annual giving options that would advance the University’s strategic objectives and give donors a range of compelling giving options. The choices offered through various annual giving options would mirror the larger strategic objectives of the University, thereby allowing donors giving $10,000 a year or less to play a significant role in the advancement of core initiatives.
Pursue annual giving goals while placing the highest premium on donor retention year over year. The Director is expected to achieve this dual purpose by providing giving options that will resonate with donor’s deepest convictions, by deepening their engagement in the life of the University wherever possible, by demonstrating the impact of their giving, and by stewarding relationships with the loyal annual donors.
Review the Annual Giving Plan and evaluate the overall performance that will determine tactical changes, if any, to ensure performance meets or exceeds the goals of the Annual Plan.
Determine the appropriate timing, spacing, solicitation tactics and vehicles for annual giving appeals based on prospect research, studies of current and emerging philanthropic attitudes, analyses of best practices in higher education, experimentation and personal experience.
Support the goals of the University Advancement Strategic Plan.• Pulse the opinions and attitudes of current and prospective annual givers to ensure IWU’s giving options are consistent with their hopes for and expectations of the University.
Communicate donor engagement impact to alumni through an Annual Giving Newsletter through both printed and electronic delivery and ongoing donor appreciation efforts.
Collaboratively work with University Advancement colleagues to communicate donor engagement impact stories that effectively display the importance of alumni, parents and grandparents giving to IWU students.
Supervise and assist Assistant Director of Annual Giving in strategic planning to ensure a successful Phonathon program.
Participate regularly and broadly in University and University Advancement events to understand the breadth and depth of an IWU education that is to be related to the prospects and donors.
Foster a collaborative and inclusive spirit within the University Advancement team and across the IWU community.
Develop and administer a robust annual giving engagement and stewardship program that utilizes personal, Phonathon, email, letter, phone and web-based engagement.
Maintain and develop a limited major prospect list with detailed plans for increasing donor participation and growth.
Develop and implement strategies to ensure attainment of Annual Giving alumni/donor participation rates including giving society member development as well as faculty, staff, and employee giving opportunities that will increase and optimize dollars secured through University Advancement fundraising events.
Manage the Annual Giving Budget.
Other duties as assigned by the Vice President for University Advancement.
Minimum of three (3) years Annual Giving or equivalent marketing experience. A passion for Indiana Wesleyan University, its mission and values.
Effective interpersonal, organizational, writing, and research skills. Ownership mentality with ability to work independently seeing tasks through to completion.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Indiana Wesleyan University
Indiana Wesleyan University is an energized Christian academic community helping to shape tomorrow's "World Changers."
We offer career opportunities, great benefits, and environment that welcomes and values creativity, diversity, and a work experience that is both challenging and rewarding!
If you're looking for the chance to learn, grow, and make a contribution to our community, we would love to have you apply.