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Assistant Director, Annual Giving

Reporting to the Director of Annual Giving, the Assistant Director of Annual Giving works as part of a team to secure financial support for college through philanthropic efforts. The individual will be responsible for managing a portfolio of donors with a particular focus on building and cultivating a pipeline of donors to encourage increased philanthropic support at a leadership level ($3,000+) from Wooster alumni, families, and friends.
The Assistant Director of Annual Giving position will oversee programmatic responsibilities related to the Annual Giving department, including our annual Giving Days for our annual fund and the annual athletics fund. The successful candidate will be a proven fundraiser with demonstrated ability in fundraising, program management, communications, and teamwork.

  • Develop, implement, and execute solicitation strategies for a portfolio of donors and prospective donors with an emphasis on securing unrestricted support for The Wooster Fund. The strategies will include soliciting, closing, and stewarding mid-level gifts. Solicitation activities are primarily focused on personal visits and substantial contacts.
  • Develop and implement an annual comprehensive plan with the overall goal to build and cultivate relationships, increase donor retention, provide meaningful engagement, and move donors through the pipeline.
  • Develop and execute cutting-edge annual giving days for the department. Create exciting and engaging content to gain donors and share the mission of The Wooster Fund. Develop and foster cross-campus partnerships to further strengthen the mission and messaging of case of philanthropic support.
  • Provide day-to-day oversight for other annual giving related programs within the department such managing monthly donors, stewardship and donor relations and retention. These programs are designed to establish and build relationships with our alumni, family, and friends to increase donor retention, provide meaningful engagement, and move donors through the pipeline.
  • Oversight can include partnering with Alumni and Family engagement to manage volunteers, Partnering with Advancement Services to implement a donor-centric and personalized stewardship process, and partnering with a variety of campus partners such as APEX, Athletics, and Campus Life for events.
  • Assist with major alumni relations and annual giving events including Commencement/Reunion Weekend, volunteer summits, giving days and others.

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • One or more years in development; thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of higher education development and fundraising with an understanding of individual giving programs, and detailed understanding of annual fundraising programs, such as direct mail, phonathon, and personal solicitation programs, strongly preferred