Sarah Lawrence College seeks an Associate Director of Leadership Annual Giving Reporting to the Senior Director of Annual Giving Programs. The Associate Director of Leadership Annual Giving is responsible for engaging and soliciting current and prospective Parents Council level and leadership annual level donors. The Associate Director will collaborate with Fund for Sarah Lawrence and Marketing and Communications colleagues to develop a solicitation strategy and messages that encourage membership in both groups and that are consistent with other fundraising efforts. He/she will also partner with other frontline fundraisers to identify prospects for both fundraising programs. This position is expected to meet with prospects and solicit at their home, office, and at other mutually agreed upon locations that can be outside of normal business hours.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Develop and closely follow solicitation themes and calendar for all fiscal year fundraising efforts.
Collaborate with design team, mail house, and colleagues in the Fund for Sarah Lawrence to develop and execute an annual appeal strategy for email and direct mail.
Create and execute an annual stewardship plan and identify additional opportunities as unique College events are scheduled.
Identify and recruit leadership volunteers who will help with engagement and fundraising efforts for retaining and acquiring members in both groups.
Plan and facilitate two annual Parents Council meetings
Solicit fifty Parents Council and fifty leadership annual gifts annually and document conversations in Raiser’s Edge.
Attend Regional events where efforts can benefit attaining fundraising goals.
Assist with all aspects of alumni reunion weekend leading up to the weekend and at reunion weekend as needed.
Attend meetings and other donor and volunteer cultivation events as needed for annual giving solicitation.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Good organizational and project management skills.
Experience developing direct mail and email solicitation strategies
Excellent written and verbal skills as well as strong computer skills including knowledge Microsoft Office, client management software, and web document sharing.
Experience in working effectively with volunteers.
Ability to initiate and carry out duties with minimum supervision.
Demonstrated ability to work with the public with a high degree of diplomacy, confidentiality, and tact.
Ability to work nights and weekends.
Bachelor’s degree with 4-6 years of experience in fundraising preferred.
Ability to lift items weighing as much as 25 lbs.
About Sarah Lawrence College
Sarah Lawrence is a prestigious, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Founded in 1926 and consistently ranked among the leading liberal arts colleges in the country, Sarah Lawrence is known for its pioneering approach to education, rich history of impassioned intellectual and civic engagement, and vibrant, successful alumni. In close proximity to the unparalleled offerings of New York City, our historic campus is home to an inclusive, intellectually curious, and diverse community.Talented, creative students choose Sarah Lawrence for the opportunity to take charge of their education. In close collaboration with our dedicated, distinguished faculty, students create a rigorous, personalized course of study, conduct independent research, and connect a wide array of disciplines. They graduate knowing how to apply the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking necessary for life after college.