Associate Director of Annual Giving

William Paterson University
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Nov 12, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund
Employment Type
Full Time

William Paterson University invites applications for the full-time 12-month position of Associate Director of Annual Giving within the Office of Institutional Advancement.

Reporting to the Director of Annual Giving, the Associate Director of Annual Giving will participate in the development and implementation of the comprehensive annual fund solicitation program which includes personal visits, direct mail, phonathon, email, online and social media activity.

The Associate Director will be responsible for securing leadership gifts to the Annual Fund at the $500 level and above. Gifts will include new, upgraded and renewal gifts across all University constituencies with a concentration on alumni.

Department overview:

William Paterson University is dedicated to student success. Here students are challenged academically, mentored by their professors, and learn to become leaders and productive citizens.

With state support declining, we are more dependent on private support to meet University needs. This includes resources for the classroom and financial support for student and faculty research that will prepare students to compete in their discipline.

Many of our students struggle to afford the tuition and graduate with more debt than their predecessors. The office of Institutional Advancement is dedicated to bridging that gap.

For more information, please visit

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct a minimum of 10 face-to face prospect visits a month.
  • Coordinate senior class giving program and manage senior class gift intern.
  • Participate in the planning and execution of cultivation events for donors and potential prospects.
  • Develop annual fund materials to support the department's operational and strategic plans.
  • Assist in the analysis of data regarding annual giving strategies and giving trends for the purpose of improving program results.
  • Manage personal prospect portfolio, tracking donor and prospect relationships.
  • Partner with the Institutional Advancement team and University colleagues to promote and manage pipeline of prospects and donors.
  • Meet measurable targets related to personal visits, fundraising goals, solicitations of annual gifts, and cultivation and stewardship activities.

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • At least three years of prior Annual Fund experience or related development experience
  • Measurable success in achieving fundraising goals
  • Working knowledge of social media and relevant technology skills
  • Working knowledge of Banner Advance or similar fundraising software
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel applications
  • Valid driver's license
  • Ability and willingness to travel within the local area
  • Ability and willingness to attend University events both on and off campus

Personal traits and attributes:

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in written and oral format
  • Able to chart a clear vision of future objectives and capable of the self-discipline and organization skills necessary to advance them
  • Capable of prioritizing work to achieve stated and agreed upon goals
  • Able to hold confidential information with discretion
  • Demonstrated ability to build networks and collaborative relationships in a complex environment with competing wants and needs
Invitation to apply: Interested candidates will be prompted to:

Complete an application

Submit a cover letter & CV

Provide names/contacts of three professional references.

Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. General questions related to this application process, please contact

About William Paterson:

William Paterson University is the third most diverse public university in New Jersey. As a longstanding member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), we have been designated by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. William Paterson University is also proud to be designated as a NASA MSI (Minority Serving Institution). The University offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate academic programs that range from liberal arts and sciences to pre-professional and professional programs; it enrolls over 9,000 students from across the country and from over 40 nations. The University is situated on a beautiful, 380 acre suburban campus in Wayne, New Jersey, just twenty miles west of New York City.

EEO Statement

William Paterson University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race or ethnicity, sex/gender (including pregnancy), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, civil union status, familial status, religion, national origin or citizenship, military service status, or any other category protected by law. William Paterson University does not discriminate on the basis of any category stated above or as prohibited by applicable law. Individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


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