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Long Classification Title ANNUAL FUND DIRECTOR-PSU
Location Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
Department PSU Development&Annual Giving      [PCADMG]
Summary of Position

The Director of Annual Giving is an integral member of the Plymouth State University community, supporting the effort to secure private support for the University, while helping to connect and engage alumni and friends with the University. University Advancement seeks an energetic fundraiser to join its collaborative team. This position reports to the Director of Development and supervises the Assistant Director of Annual Giving and student employees.
The Director of Annual Giving directs and supervises the Annual Giving Program through direct mail, e-mail, text, crowdfunding, social media, calling program, personal solicitations, and other strategies. S/he will implement a strategic plan with the goal of developing a sustainable, seven-figure Annual Giving Program over the next four years. S/he collaborates closely with the Director of Alumni Relations and University Advancement staff on the senior class and reunion class gift programs as well as identifies and cultivates other opportunities for giving among alumni groups.
The Director of Annual Giving will develop a viable Annual Giving Program for income generation, alumni engagement, and major donor identification. As a member of the University Advancement Team, the Director of Annual Giving works actively with colleagues to fulfill the overall mission of the division: engage alumni and donors as advocates, volunteers, and philanthropic partners to ensure that the University achieves its strategic priorities.

Additional Job Information

the successful candidate.
Review of applications will begin on January 19, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled or the search is otherwise closed at the University’s discretion.
Please provide contact information for three professional references that can speak to your work experience will be requested in the PSU application

Posting Number/Job Order # PS0707FY18
Acceptable minimum level of education Bachelor's
Acceptable minimum years of experience 2 years
Other minimum qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and two years of related professional experience in fundraising
Strong oral and written communication skills
Budget management experience
Organizational and interpersonal skills, including tact and diplomacy
Computer skill and experience using applicable donor software (Raiser’s Edge preferred) and related programs, such as web-based project management
Experience with direct marketing, including postal, e-mail, text and social media
General knowledge of charitable giving techniques and applicable federal and state regulations
Valid driver’s license
Ability to travel and to work evenings and weekends, as needed

Additional Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in related field, such as philanthropy, business, marketing, communications or journalism
Two to four years of experience in higher education fundraising
Volunteer management experience
Supervisory experience
Demonstrated understanding of the unique characteristics of public higher education in New England

Salary Information

Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.

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Percent Time Information (FTE) 1.0
Grade 21
EEO Statement

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

Institution Information

Plymouth State University (PSU) is transforming the campus to create a first-of-its-kind university holistically organized around integrated clusters. Our goal is to provide a dynamic interdisciplinary and innovative learning environment. Students, faculty, staff, and community will connect to solve real-world challenges that will benefit people and organizations at all levels. We are a residential and comprehensive university with a warm and engaged learning community focused on teaching excellence and regional engagement. The University is located in the heart of the Lakes Region and White Mountains of New Hampshire and serves approximately 4,300 undergraduate and more than 2,000 graduate students.
Our Integrated Cluster Learning Model amplifies the educational experience and strengthens the institution’s legacy of interdisciplinary study and applied experiential learning. PSU students will work in teams with faculty and partners within 7 Integrated Clusters of degree programs: Exploration and Discovery; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Arts and Technologies; Health and Human Enrichment; Justice and Security; Education, Democracy and Social Change; and Tourism, Environment and Sustainable Development. Now is an exciting time to join Plymouth State and help shape our new kind of university and ultimately tomorrow’s leaders.

Posting Details

Posting Date 01/05/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
Closing Date 01/19/2018
Posting Open to Internal Candidates Only? No
Interested Internal Candidates Exist? No
Job Category Salaried Staff (Exempt)
Appointment Type Regular
If TERM position provide projected end date
DOT Safety Information None applicable

Duties / Responsibilities

Job Duties


Write the tactical annual plan for the Annual Giving Program with specific benchmarks. Implement, evaluate and plan quarterly for adjustments, as needed.
Develop the Annual Giving Programs annual budget and monitor expenditures, including student salaries for the Calling Program and direct mail. Make special resource requests for new strategic initiatives.
Collaborate with the Director of Marketing Communications and Creative Services on the strategic message, visual identity, content development, and multi-channel delivery to support the Annual Giving Program’s fiscal goals.
Supervise the Assistant Director of Annual Giving to ensure the Student Calling Program meets or exceeds its fiscal goals.
Create, implement, and evaluate the Annual Giving Program’s Leadership Donor Program, including direct solicitation of gifts at $1,000 or more.
Create, implement, and evaluate a Senior Class Gift Program and other programs to educate students about philanthropy and PSU’s need for alumni support.
Collaborate with Alumni Relations and the Assistant Director for Volunteer and Alumni Engagement to develop a peer-to-peer solicitation program to benefit the Annual Giving Program.
Keep up-to-date with new industry trends and tools in Annual Giving and recommend best practices.
Serve as a strategic partner with colleagues on the Development team to promote gifts of all kinds: major, planned, and annual gifts.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Describe how you think this position supports higher education students.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Vita
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents