Assistant Director of Leadership Giving

Connecticut, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 26, 2021
Apr 24, 2021
Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Director of Leadership Giving

Statement of Purpose: The Assistant Director of Leadership Giving will be responsible for the active management of leadership gift prospects as assigned. Individuals in the Assistant Director’s portfolio of approximately 150 prospects will have the capacity to make gifts of $100,000 or more. The Assistant Director is responsible for moving prospects through the donor engagement process: identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, and may be assigned to co-lead special campaign fundraising initiatives. Must be willing to travel regularly, and have the ability and personality to relate comfortably to a sophisticated and diverse alumni and parent constituency.

At Trinity College, we seek to have our staff reflect the changing demographics of our student body. Trinity is a highly selective, independent, nonsectarian liberal arts institution located in Connecticut’s capital, Hartford. Our student body is diverse, representing 41 states and 70 countries with 21% students of color and 50% women. Just over 90% of students live in campus residences. With over 2,100 full-time undergraduate students and 91 graduate students, the College maintains a rigorous academic profile complemented by a vibrant and diverse co-curricular program. The College enjoys the benefit of being situated in an urban center and has strong academic, social, and philanthropic connections to our home city of Hartford. As a preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must demonstrate empathy, and must value and foster behaviors that support a diverse college community.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required, as well as three or more years of successful leadership-level fundraising or comparable experience, preferably in education.
  • Well-developed written and oral communication skills are essential, as well as genuine and sincere interest and ability to interact with a broad range of constituents.
  • Ability to problem solve, to create and implement prospect strategies, and to engage with campus partners is required.
  • Must be self-driven, highly organized, flexible, and able to successfully manage multiple priorities.
  • Must be a team player with a highly developed sense of integrity and work ethic.
  • Evidence of a commitment to a liberal arts education and mission through actual or volunteer experience preferred.
  • Computer fluency including Microsoft Office Suite, donor database software, and query tools is needed.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with fundraising principles and experience in a higher education or academic setting
  • Experience with PeopleSoft and/or CRM systems
  • Plus Delta Discipline of Frontline Fundraising training preferred.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Trinity College’s mission and programs and/or experience in another college setting

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward Trinity alumni, parents, and friends as assigned who are capable of making leadership-level commitments to the College. These gifts may include restricted/capital gifts, gifts to Annual Giving purposes, and planned gifts.
  • Work closely with colleagues across the campus to set donor strategy with a focus on soliciting and closing leadership gifts of $100,000 and above
  • Develop and grow relationships with leadership gift prospects through phone, email, video call and face-to-face meetings
  • Collaborate with colleagues on key reunion classes, special campaign initiatives, and annual giving.
  • Assist in obtaining hosts, staffing and executing advancement events, both on and off campus and virtually.
  • Complete all assigned reporting including: travel plans, itineraries, contact reports, expense reports and monthly status reports in a timely manner.
  • Attend and actively contribute to staff and departmental meetings, as scheduled.
  • Remain informed about the mission of the College, including its history, academic programs, current activities and policies.
  • Write donor proposals, presidential briefings and gift documentation with precision and in a timely fashion.
  • Meet mutually agreed upon performance expectations.
  • Some evening and weekend work required.

Application Materials Requirements

  • Resume and cover letter
    • Cover letter must include a statement about your work or experience with diverse communities and /or constituents.
  • Writing sample

Physical Demands: Ability to travel within the United States independently. Ability to do computer work for extended periods.

Special note: candidate should be comfortable and adaptable in the current remote working environment and be able to successfully navigate and interact with the technologies available to fulfill the duties of the position in such environment.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

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Trinity is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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