Utica College, a small comprehensive college in Upstate New York, is seeking applications for a Director of Annual Support Programs in the office of Advancement. The Director of Annual Support Programs will serve as the principal development officer to present and promote the case for current-use restricted and unrestricted annual support of Utica College to its key constituencies including alumni, parents, friends, local business leaders and owners, faculty, staff, and administration, through participatory gifts (under $1,000). He/she will design, implement, manage, and assess the tactical and strategic plans to secure annual goals for numbers of donors and dollars at or below the $1,000 level. The Director of Annual Support Programs will lead a professional staff of two whose primary focus will be to utilize multi-channel communications and strategies to build the College’s donor base among its alumni and friends for support of current operations. Working with his/her team, the Director will be responsible for the design and implementation of annual plans to increase donors and dollars through such initiatives as Class and Affinity Reunions, Inter-Collegiate Athletics through the deployment of print and digital material, telephone outreach, quality personal visits, crowdfunding, giving day activities, and social media. The Director of Annual Support Programs will serve as a member of the Vice President for Advancement’s senior staff, and will play an important role in the overall planning and implementation of the College’s comprehensive development program for its annual and capital priorities.
In deciding whether to apply for a position at Utica College, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the UC mission and culture to help determine their potential success at http://www.utica.edu/instadvance/marketingcomm/about/. Our Mission and Values Statement includes a commitment to fostering diversity in background, perspective, and experience within an environment that is dedicated to the freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas. At UC, diversity means that we are a community that represents a range of human experience and makes conscious choices to appreciate, respect, and learn from each other. Utica College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society.
Primary responsibilities include:
Working closely with the Vice President for Advancement, the Director will play a leading role in the design, implementation, management, and assessment of the major initiatives that constitute annual giving below the leadership gifts level at the College including, but not limited to, alumni, parents, friends, annual support of Athletics from private donors and advertising sponsors, class and affinity giving, faculty and staff giving, and student engagement; In collaboration with Constituent Relations, build, implement, and direct a comprehensive initiative to encourage participation in giving to the College in honor of alumni class and affinity reunions, attendance at Homecoming celebrations designated for class and affinities, and the development of volunteers to help in the promotion of participating in both giving and reunion celebrations; In close partnership with the Assistant Director of Annual Giving, direct the development and implementation of a comprehensive program to promote the critical importance of annual giving to the College’s most recent graduates through participatory-level contributions for current-use unrestricted and unrestricted support; In close partnership with the Assistant Director of Annual Giving/Athletics, supervise the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of businesses and corporations that provide annual advertising sponsorship support for UC Athletics; Design, implement, and manage a program to secure contributions for all purposes and designations from the College’s employees through the annual faculty/staff campaign; Serve as the “Regional Coordinator” for the pilot program to develop a regional approach to increase engagement with UC through giving, volunteering, attending, and connecting for the College’s Upstate New York region; Contribute to efforts to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospective donors between $1 and $999; including assuming a personal solicitation portfolio of approximately 75-100 individuals, most notably those individuals with upcoming reunion years, and those individuals residing and working in the Upstate New York region; In close partnership with the Assistant Director of Advancement Communications, develop strategies to brand Utica College Annual Giving with the appropriate print and digital materials; Maintain an active awareness of the College’s priorities, objectives, and goals, and assist in the design of strategies that will serve to advance the College and its mission; Play an active role in the development of the Division’s strategic and operational plans as required by Divisional leadership. Works closely with the VP to develop and implement operational goals that support the Division’s success; Perform other duties as assigned; Must maintain a clean driving record as defined by College insurance carrier guidelines; Will supervise the Assistant Director of Annual Giving; Assistant Director of Annual Giving (Athletics).
A bachelor’s degree is required. A minimum of 3-5 years of experience in fundraising, with some supervisory experience, preferably in a college or university setting, is highly desirable.
To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and a diversity statement. All positions at Utica College support the College’s mission and values in part by being active members of an inclusive environment. Please describe in your diversity statement how you would see yourself incorporating this into this role.
In line with the College’s Affirmative Action Policy, there is no requirement or expectation that a candidate disclose their identity or membership in any protected class or group, either in the diversity statement or in other application documents submitted to the search committee. For additional information on what to provide in your diversity statement please reference the diversity statement guide at the following link: https://www.utica.edu/hr/media/Diversity_Statement_Guide.pdf
Active consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. References will be checked for candidates invited to campus.
Utica College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations.
About Utica College
Founded in 1946, Utica College is a private comprehensive institution distinguished for its integration of liberal and professional study. Our dedicated faculty and staff have built a tradition of excellence in teaching and learning with particular emphasis on providing individual attention to students. The College enrolls approximately 3,700 students – approximately 2,700 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students.
A city of approximately 60,000, Utica is located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the Mohawk Valley region of upstate New York. The area offers easy access to a broad variety of cultural attractions, including the historic Stanley Performing Arts Center and renowned Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, as well as four-season recreation.