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Assistant Director of Student Philanthropy and Reunion Giving

Villanova, PA

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Posting Number: 20181825S

Position Title: Assistant Director of Student Philanthropy and Reunion Giving

Position Type: Staff

Recruitment Type: Internal/External Applicants

Work Schedule: full-time/12-months

Department: 604 - University Advancement

Position Summary:

The Assistant Director of Student Philanthropy and Reunion Giving is responsible for managing and expanding Villanova's student philanthropy program and reunion class giving program. This role is focused on the philanthropic education and engagement of freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as the management of reunion class volunteers to support annual milestone reunion class gift goals. This position will work closely with the Alumni Relations team (specifically the Assistant Director of Student and Class Engagement) to co-advise the Student Advancement Ambassadors (SAA) in order to engage students with philanthropy and to co-manage reunion class volunteers. The Assistant Director will plan and implement a successful Senior Class Gift program and create giving opportunities for undergraduate students as well as alumni who graduated within the last five years in order to promote donor retention following the Senior Class Gift. Additionally, this position will provide leadership and direction to 12 Reunion committees in an effort to increase the total dollars raised and participation rate for each milestone Reunion year. The Assistant Director of Student and Reunion Giving is expected to conduct a minimum of 20 solicitation contacts per month with a focus on both undergraduate young alumni and alumni celebrating reunion.

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***.'s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Student Advancement Ambassadors ( SAA ) and Student Philanthropy: Along with the Assistant Director of Student and Class Engagement, co-advise the Student Advancement Ambassadors ( SAA ) and create opportunities for SAA members to become involved with the Annual Fund and fundraising goals of the University, including philanthropy education and engagement across campus, donor stewardship and representing the SAA and Advancement at University events. Expand student philanthropy targeting freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors to grow Villanova's culture of giving before students graduate. This includes working with other departments on campus to identify opportunities to engage students in philanthropy and the fundraising efforts of the University. The Assistant Director of Student Philanthropy and Reunion Giving and the Assistant Director of Student and Class Engagement will have shared responsibility for the ultimate success of SAA's philanthropy events and engagement programs, accomplished through a coordinated effort to assign leadership between areas to maximize efficiency and productivity.
  • Senior Class Gift: In addition to underclass Student Philanthropy responsibilities, the Assistant Director is responsible for recruiting, educating, managing and motivating the Senior Class Gift Committee to meet annual participation goals. Coordinate all solicitations for the Senior Class Gift (direct mail, email, phonathon), manage events, recognition opportunities, challenge donor identification, solicitation and stewardship, and all marketing and branding, including social media accounts. Explore new ways to engage Villanova seniors in the Senior Class Gift program through cross-campus partnerships and innovative engagement and solicitations.
  • Reunion Giving: Develop and manage a comprehensive reunion giving program to grow the total amount of dollars raised by classes celebrating milestone reunions and the percentage of alumni who are giving during their reunion year. Provide leadership and support to the reunion committees, with an emphasis on fundraising efforts. Support recruitment efforts overseen by the Alumni Relations team. Manage all reunion giving reports and provide analysis in order to continue to evaluate and grow the reunion giving program.
  • Personal Outreach: Conduct a minimum of 20 solicitation contacts per month to unassigned undergraduate alumni. Targeted groups include (but not limited to) alumni celebrating reunion who live outside of the Greater Philadelphia region, young alumni who live outside of the Greater Philadelphia region, and past SCG committee members and donors.
  • 1842 Day: Provide support throughout the planning and execution of 1842 Day, Villanova's Day of Giving, with a specific focus on the campus event and student and staff involvement.
  • Campus Connectivity: Maintain and expand campus partnerships, including, but not limited to: VU Seniors, Student Involvement, Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, President's Office, Campus Ministry, Career Services, etc. to identify events and opportunities to integrate the goals and mission of University Advancement, student philanthropy, and senior class giving into all areas of campus life. This includes joining relevant committees, identifying volunteer opportunities, and speaking at events. This position is also responsible for working with Student Life to coordinate fundraising education for student-leaders and campus organizations.
  • Support the overall Annual Fund and University Advancement initiatives in order to meet annual and campaign goals, especially related to undergraduate alumni participation. This includes but is not limited to events such as Homecoming Weekend, Volunteer Symposium, and Reunion Weekend. Assist in managing student workers who support Annual Giving projects.
  • Perform other duties and assist with projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in Business/ Marketing/ Communications.
  • Must have an understanding of fundraising, sales and/ or volunteer management.
  • 1-3 years of experience in fundraising/sales.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment required. Excellent communication, interpersonal and analytical skills required. Must be well organized, able to think creatively and be detail oriented.
  • Knowledge of general office equipment, including personal computers, word processing, Excel, Access and or other spreadsheet programs required. Knowledge of Banner or other fundraising software.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in higher education and marketing preferred.

Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours:

Evening and weekend work and travel required.

Posting Date: 08/09/2018

Salary Posting Information:

Commensurate with experience.

Job Classification: exempt

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