Assistant/Associate Director of Athletics Giving

Trinity College
Connecticut, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Aug 18, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund, Fundraising Administration
Academic Centers
Employment Type
Full Time

Department: Development

Regular or Temporary: Regular

Hours per Week: 40

Weeks per Year: 52

FLSA Determination: Exempt

Open Date: 07/13/2022

Open Until Filled: Yes

Full or Part Time: Full Time

Position Summary:

Trinity College seeks a staff that reflects the changing demographics of our student body. Our student body is diverse, representing 41 states and 70 countries, with 21 percent U.S. students of color and 50 percent who identify as women. More than 90 percent of students live on campus. Trinity is a highly selective, independent, nonsectarian liberal arts institution located in the capital city of Hartford, Conn. With more than 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. We consider our location in a culturally and socioeconomically diverse capital city to be among Trinity’s most distinctive assets, and we cultivate strong connections with our surrounding neighbors and with institutions and organizations throughout Hartford and the region. As a preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives.

The Assistant/Associate Director for Athletics Giving (ADAG) is responsible for a program that raises money toward an annual goal for athletics and increases the number of annual alumni donors to athletics. The ADAG develops a yearly athletics fundraising plan including calendar, appeals, communications, volunteer development and direct solicitation of donors. The ADAG will collaborate will partners in advancement and the athletic department to recruit and cultivate active volunteers to ensure that the program meets its financial targets. The ADAG is a member of the Leadership Giving team and provides Leadership Giving, Planned Giving, and Family Giving with athletic specific updates, collateral, and strategic partners (Director of Athletics, coaches, and volunteers). Additionally, this position is responsible for managing a portfolio of 75+ alumni and parents who are capable of making leadership-level commitments to the College. In conjunction with the Director of Athletics Giving, the ADAG develops and executes strategies and metrics to grow donations and participation for all cohorts with athletic affinity with a primary focus on raising alumni participation and dollars. This includes stetting team-by-team and overall dollar fundraising goals.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create and maintain a yearly fundraising plan that includes a calendar of fundraising, engagement and stewardship strategies. Oversees, with the assistance of Communications partners, the creative development, design, quality, messaging and production of all solicitation and stewardship materials for Athletics Giving.
  • Create and maintain assigned athletic affinity based prospect pool of 75+ Leadership Giving prospects. ADAG should complete a minimum of 50 visits annually around the northeast to cultivate relationships and solicit for annual and leadership gifts to athletics.
  • Work with Director of Athletics Giving, the Director of Annual Giving, and the Director of Family Giving to plan fundraising appeals and other strategies that are engaging and will motivate financial support for athletics from alumni, parents, and friends.
  • Recruit and maintain team-based, alumni and parent volunteer groups to serve as support leaders for the teams that they represent with active participation of Advancement and Athletic Department partnerships. Specific responsibilities of these groups would include peer-to-peer fundraising, assisting with prospect identification, conceiving and organizing on and off campus engagement events, participate in team events.
  • Assist in hosting and developing successful engagement events to promote athletic fundraising as opportunities arise. Team based events, managed by the Athletic Department, team coaches and staffs, or volunteer groups. Try to attend at least one home game of each team per year, especially using Saturday events as a means to meet engaged alumni and current Athletic Parents.
  • Develop a stewardship plan and work with the Office of Donor Relations to ensure that donors receive timely gift acknowledgements and thank-yous throughout the year.
  • Through info provided by volunteers and other alumni, and using Advancement Department and general online research methods, identify and engage under performing high potential donors within the Athletic Affinity sphere of influence. Forward all data updates to Data Maintenance and alert appropriate Advancement partners whenever potential leadership or capital rated prospects are discovered.
  • Attend Trinity Development events to meet and engage with alumni including Homecoming, Reunion, Commencement and home or away sporting events that offer the opportunity to meet and develop relationships within the Athletic community.
  • Support the Director of Athletics Giving in the planning and execution of the $65 million Campaign for Trinity Athletics. Collaborate with the Director of Athletics Giving in tracking campaign progress, planning Athletics Campaign Committee meetings, and devising strategy to meet campaign fundraising goals.


  • Must demonstrate empathy, and must value and foster behaviors that support a diverse college community.
  • A Bachelor's degree is required, as well as one to five years of 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.
  • Experience with volunteer management.
  • Proficiency with marketing and external communications.
  • Computer fluency including Microsoft Office Suite, donor database software, and query tools is needed. Experience video editing, managing web pages, and sophisticated email segmenting is preferred.
  • Strong organizational abilities: goal oriented, and able to oversee multiple tasks simultaneously and meet a variety of deadlines.
  • Exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills; ability to inspire colleagues and motivate volunteers and donors.
  • A familiarity with the field of education and intercollegiate athletics and an appreciation of the value of a liberal arts education.
  • Ability to develop relationships with coaches and administrators through Trinity's sporting events attendance.
  • Ability to travel within the United States independently. Ability to do computer work for extended periods.


Special Instructions to Applicants

All applicants must apply online at by submitting their resume, cover letter and 3 references.

Review of applications will begin three weeks after the role posting date.

Trinity College, Office of Advancement, currently offers a hybrid model with three work days in the office. This role requires attendance at Trinity’s sporting events.

Trinity College requires proof of COVID19 vaccination and booster or an approved exemption prior to beginning employment.

Trinity is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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