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Director of Annual Giving & Donor Communication

Messiah College
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jul 23, 2022

The Office of Development at Messiah University has an opening for a full-time Director of Annual Giving & Donor Communication.


Responsibilities:  The Director of Annual Giving & Donor Communication directs the fundraising strategy for securing annual giving support which includes responsibility for donor appeals, donor relations, donor reporting and other donor communication. Annual Giving is focused on securing and retaining budget relieving annual gifts from donors (e.g., the Messiah Fund) as well as securing and retaining annual donor gifts regardless of the designation (e.g., special projects, Giving Day, etc.).


Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years’ experience in development, marketing, sales or related experience or combination of education and experience required; Master’s degree and development and annual fund experience in higher education preferred.


Skills and Characteristics: Expert understanding of Annual Giving and the ability to develop a strong case for giving to Messiah; highly polished oral and written communication skills; ability to develop strategic action plans to achieve goals related to giving, retention, and stewardship; excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to understand needs and priorities of the entire Development Office while simultaneously advocating for the importance of Annual Giving priorities, such as the Messiah Fund, operating gifts, missions, and athletics; highly motivated to achieve fundraising goals; ability to develop and implement new programs.


Applications: Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. All materials must be submitted electronically using this link:     


Messiah University is a Christian university of the liberal and applied arts and sciences. The University is committed to an embracing evangelical spirit rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Church. Our mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.


Messiah University’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence draws inspiration from its mission “to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.” The university has pursued this vision through a strategic planning process that encourages diversity through employee and student composition, campus climate, and an educational program that enables educators and students to embrace diversity. Candidates should clearly articulate why diversity and cultural intelligence matter to them as persons of faith as well as in their profession. Candidates will speak to how as a potential employee, they will contribute to the advancement of this vision through their position.


In accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination (including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975), Messiah University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, or veteran’s status in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its programs. Consistent with our nondiscrimination statement, the University does not tolerate abuse or harassment of employees, students or other individuals associated with the University.  All employees are to abide by this policy in order to provide a work environment free from discrimination. The University does not tolerate harassment by vendors, contractors or guests.

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