Southwestern University has an immediate opening for an Assistant/Associate Director of Annual Giving. This position, as a member of the University Relations Annual Giving team, focuses on expanding fundraising efforts by designing and implementing volunteer-driven initiatives (such as peer-to-peer crowdfunding efforts, Southwestern Giving Day, and reunion giving), serving as liaison to other campus departments participating in fundraising, and managing digital content for Annual Giving. This a full-time, fully benefited, exempt position who reports to the Director of Annual Giving.

 Primary Duties:

  • Design and implement a comprehensive plan to engage volunteers in Annual Giving efforts, including volunteer recruitment, onboarding, management, and stewardship.
  • Maintain regular schedule of personalized volunteer engagement including communications via phone, mail, email, and social media as well as face-to-face meetings and events on- and off-campus.
  • Manage all volunteer-driven fundraising initiatives including micro-giving projects, crowdfunding initiatives, and reunion giving programs. Identify and develop new projects to diversify volunteers’ opportunities to engage with constituents of the university.
  • Manage the online Volunteer Management System to provide volunteers with access to the tools they need to perform successful outreach activities.
  • Travel and meet on-on-one and in small groups with volunteers to provide training, set goals, and assist them in planning future moves with their constituents to secure more donors.
  • Lead key aspects of Southwestern Giving Day including the recruitment and management of giving day ambassadors and on-campus collaborators, as well as digital content development and implementation.
  • Manage the Annual Giving online presence including website, online giving platform, and social media strategies. Develop and maintain a calendar of outreach planned for these channels, content generation, and timely follow-up.
  • Serve as liaison with the Director of Annual Giving between the Office of Annual Giving and the Office of Marketing and Communications in order to strategically develop effective marketing collateral and assets.
  • Coordinate strategic initiatives necessary to enhance the engagement and participation of the graduates of the last decade (GOLD alumni).
  • Work with Director of Annual Giving to provide leadership, direction, and strategy for the Brown Society (consecutive giving society).
  • Work with Director of Annual Giving, Director of Advancement Services, Director of Stewardship, and staff to develop, expand, and refine all facets of Annual Giving stewardship initiatives.
  • Work with the Annual Giving team to coordinate faculty/staff giving initiatives by serving as liaison to other campus departments and managing faculty/staff volunteers.
  • Provide support for student philanthropy efforts as needed.
  • Coordinate with divisional and University leadership to support overall philanthropic goals and priorities.
  • Support Southwestern’s comprehensive campaign fundraising efforts.
  • Perform other duties assigned.

 Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Limited professional work experience is required for the Assistant Director level and three years of professional work experience is required for the Associate Director level. It is preferred to see the professional experience in annual giving fundraising or equivalent experience.
  • Strong leadership and time management skills with the ability to effectively and simultaneously manage many diverse relationships
  • The ability to control and move forward on several priorities simultaneously, without losing focus on the objectives of the University. This includes switching priorities as required, without losing momentum.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Strategic thinking coupled with a solid understanding of what constitutes well-written development documents essential. 
  • Ability to function as a catalyst, guide, and doer, and not as a power broker. This individual must engage volunteers, donors and prospective donors utilizing a collaborative and facilitative approach.
  • Must possess a high level of self-confidence, professionalism, and the ability to perform under pressure. 
  • Integrity and the ability to build trust through one’s own commitment to high personal and professional standards
  • Evening and weekend work during special events on and off campus required.
  • Resilience and a good sense of humor are essential.
  • Possess respect for the confidential nature of the work.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including a strong work ethic.
  • Willingness to adhere to the University’s core values.
  • Have knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of cultural differences and the diversity within the campus and community.
  • Demonstrated professional manner with all internal and external University constituencies.
  • Proven ability to perform well in stressful situations.
  • Ability and willingness to travel utilizing standard, commercial, and/or personal modes of transportation.
  • Understanding and commitment to a liberal arts education, including the ability to relate to a liberal arts faculty.
  • Ability to attend work consistently and maintain a regular work schedule.

 Preferred Position Requirements:

  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Five to seven years of experience in development or other fundraising capacities.
  • Knowledge of Southwestern University, its culture and its constituencies.

 Southwestern University offers competitive salary and benefits including health, dental, life, long term disability, retirement, 15-paid holidays, two weeks of vacation, sick leave, tuition assistance, access to athletic facilities, free parking and discounted meal rates.  Southwestern University is a selective, undergraduate institution committed to a broad-based liberal arts, sciences, and fine arts education.   Southwestern University is deeply committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and especially encourages applications from members of groups traditionally under-represented in academia.  For information concerning the University, visit our Web site at

 To apply:  The University will only accept application materials through Interfolio at  Interested persons must submit a letter of interest, resume, the name and contact information of three professional references, and salary expectation.  Email and paper applications will not be accepted.  Only completed applications will be reviewed by the Search Committee.  The Committee will review all completed applications until the position is filled.  All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of the University’s Background Check Policy process.  EOE/M/F