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Director of Annual Giving

 Director for Annual Giving

Position Description

Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement and College Relations, the Director for Annual Giving is responsible for managing an effective, comprehensive Annual Fund program to ensure both a strong base of ongoing annual financial support and a high level of alumni participation for the College. This position is responsible for developing and implementing Annual Fund strategies and initiatives that identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward annual gifts from current and prospective individual Annual Fund donors, including alumni, friends, trustees, and employees.

The Director has the following specific responsibilities and duties:
• With the Senior Vice President, develop annual fund participation strategies and annual giving goals based upon analysis of past campaigns and constituency groups, in order to generate increasing levels and numbers of gifts from alumni and friends.
• Create and implement Annual Fund program plan with objectives, activities and timelines that includes strong personal, direct mail, and telemarketing solicitation components.
• Track and analyze progress against goals for Annual Giving activities, and provide periodic update reports.
• Research and develop prospect lists for Annual Giving, and assist in identifying major gift prospects, in coordination with the Senior Vice President and the Vice President of Advancement.
• Write annual giving appeals and produce related support materials for telemarketing, direct mail and personal solicitation.
• Collaborate with Director for Alumnae/i Relations and others to identify, recruit, train and steward fundraising volunteers; engage alumni with the life of the College; and cultivate current students in support of philanthropy.
• Administer the President’s Associates program, targeting current and prospective donors to support the Annual Fund at the highest annual level: research and identify prospective donors; recruit, train and support volunteer solicitors; in coordination with the Senior Vice President and other Advancement staff, plan and implement recognition events.
• Together with the Development Systems staff, oversee the Annual Fund acknowledgement and recognition process; ensure accuracy and timeliness of acknowledgement letters and materials; prepare reports and other materials for the College’s Annual Report and other publications.
• Maintain records and alumni information in Raisers’ Edge database, ensuring proper documentation and tracking of Annual Fund operations; prepare reports tracking giving and pledge information.
• Oversee the biannual student telemarketing solicitation program, “Dolphin Dialers”; evaluate and track success of program.
• Participate in College-wide and Institutional Advancement events, especially those related to fundraising.


Demonstrated success in coordinating overall Annual Giving program, developing appeals and related materials, supervising staff, recruiting and motivating volunteers are essential. Outstanding oral and written communication skills, strong analytical skills, attention to detail and follow-up skills are also required. Experience with Raisers’ Edge development software preferred.

Candidates should be knowledgeable of best practices in annual giving and current fundraising, direct marketing and volunteer management programs and practices used in the non-profit sector. Candidates should have an interest in a working environment which demands flexibility, encourages creativity and collegiality while emphasizing accountability for meeting goals. Minimum 3 years experience in fundraising and related advancement activities, preferably in higher education. Bachelor’s degree required.

The College of Mount Saint Vincent is an academically excellent, authentically inclusive, Catholic and ecumenical liberal arts college with approximately 1,350 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students located in the Riverdale section of New York City. Our beautiful 70-acre campus of rolling lawns and wooded hills overlooking the Hudson River is just 12 miles from midtown Manhattan.

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to:


College of Mount Saint Vincent is committed to provide equal opportunity, employment, and advancement opportunities to all individuals. The College of Mount Saint Vincent does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or any other characteristic protected by Federal, State, or Local Laws.