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Director of Annual Giving

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time
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DEPARTMENT: Office of University Advancement

REPORTS TO: Vice President for University Advancement

PRIMARY FUNCTION: The Director of Annual Giving works to inform, engage, and build investment from internal and external constituencies. This is a fundraising position with strategic and operational oversight of the annual giving program, including: days of giving, annual appeals, specialized projects, and a portfolio of individual annual giving prospects. The incumbent will focus on gifts between $1,000 and $24,999+ in support of University needs and priorities with a goal of increasing annual giving from all sources. This position will also supervise the Alumni & Social Media Officer who will support annual giving efforts, serve as the liaison to the Athletics Department on alumni engagement and annual giving work, and lead e-news and social media efforts.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree required, master’s preferred. At least five years+ direct fundraising/development experience with a proven successful track record in annual gift solicitation with emphasis on directing an annual giving program. Experience working within a university development or advancement organization strongly preferred. Emphasis on experience working in fundraising/development with specific focus on annual fund solicitations and programming. 

  • Goal-oriented, highly motivated development professional with demonstrated ability to work independently while also being able to coordinate effectively in a group setting.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and accurately in written and oral communications. 
  • Must have strong organizational skills with attention to detail and timely follow-up.
  • Experience in development and/or working with volunteers preferred. Must be creative and have excellent interpersonal and customer relations skills.
  • Demonstrated multi-tasking skills.
  • Knowledge database segmentation, prospect identification, relationship engagement, data analysis, and predictive modeling strongly preferred. 
  • Ability to manage direct reports and work successfully with those outside of direct management to accomplish goals.


  • Detail-oriented, well-organized, focused, and goal-oriented, with a high level of initiative and accuracy.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; verbally and in writing.
  • Proven ability to manage multi-phase projects from inception to completion, including the ability to build consensus among team members and balance multiple concurrent priorities.
  • Demonstrated analytic and fundraising skills with the ability to recognize opportunities and identify critical, high pay-off activities and prioritize them to attain goals.
  • Openness to new ideas and their implementation. Ability to react and adapt to changing situations appropriately.
  • Ability to listen carefully to and understand customers’ needs, both internally and externally, and proactively respond to those needs in a consistent and timely manner.
  • Uses high level of judgment and able to maintain confidentiality; ability to work as part of team
  • Spirit of Collegiality – maintains a sense of courtesy, respect, professionalism, and enthusiasm when interacting with faculty, staff and students.
  • Fosters culture of Mission Statement’s dedication to delivering a quality experience for our students.
  • Exemplifies a positive attitude toward diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus and in our work.
  • Fosters a culture of excellence and working for continuous process improvements in customer service.
  • Shows positive attitude and approach to work
  • Uses good and ethical judgment in decision-making that is in line with Point Park University’s mission/vision, department objectives, and Code of Conduct.


  • Responsible for planning and directing an annual giving program to include personal solicitations, direct mail, phonathons, giving days, on-line, and social media.
  • Plan, develop and implement a strategic plan of action with objectives, timelines, and evaluation plans for the annual giving program to include: identification, cultivation, and soliciting of annual gifts from alumni, parents, friends, faculty, and staff.
  • Plan and manage crowdfunding campaigns including project solicitation and selection, content gathering, campaign strategy, and training
  • Develop and manage a comprehensive and aggressive annual fund plan to boost annual giving a minimum of 5 percent annually.
  • Track annual giving progress and pivot to improve performance.
  • Manage a prospect portfolio and implement comprehensive fundraising strategies for direct identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual gifts prospects.
  • Develop and implement a personal solicitation portfolio focused on alumni and parents.
  • Work with university faculty and staff representing Athletics, schools, departments, and programs to identify affinity fundraising opportunities and corresponding prospects for solicitation.
  • Develop and implement a plan of reporting annual giving need, progress, and impact to University and external constituents, in the context of the University’s strategic plan and vision. Serve as an advocate for annual giving programs to staff, faculty, and potential donors. Ensure the timely and consistent production of monthly and year-to-date reports.
  • Set goals for annual giving campaigns using existing data and predictive models.
  • Attend conferences and professional development workshops as appropriate.
  • Manage the budget for the annual giving program.
  • Supervise the Alumni & Social Media Officer.
  • Additional duties and special projects as assigned.

Qualified applicants should forward a cover letter and resume via email to (preferred) or mail to: 

Point Park University

Human Resources Office

201 Wood Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

When responding via email please reference - DIRECTOR OF ANNUAL GIVING - in the subject line.

Please submit documents in Rich Text (.txt) Word document (.doc) or Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf).

All emails submitted will receive an automatic confirmation email. Due to some junk mail filters, the confirmation email may not reach you. To ensure receipt of the confirmation email, utilize the return receipt option built into your email program when sending your information. 

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Due to the high volume of resumes received, Point Park University will not be able to respond to inquiries regarding the status of your resume. If we determine that your skills and experience match the position requirements, we will contact you to discuss the opportunity further. If you do not hear from us, we encourage you to revisit our website at for the status of the position and future opportunities. 

Point Park University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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