Department Family Giving
Regular or Temporary Regular
Hours Per Week 40
FLSA Determination Exempt
Weeks Per Year 52
Open Date 08/25/2022
Open Until Filled Yes
Full or Part Time Full Time
Trinity is a highly selective, independent, nonsectarian liberal
arts institution located in the capital city of Hartford,
Connecticut. 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. 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. 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
Reporting to the Director of Parent and Family Giving, the
Senior Associate Director of Family Engagement is responsible for
developing programs for Trinity families with a goal of cultivating
these families towards higher philanthropic Campaign commitments
and increasing their annual support. The Senior Associate Director
will play an integral role in the execution of the Parents Fund
operations. They will liaise with colleagues – internal to
Advancement and across the college – to deploy a robust volunteer
engagement strategy for the Parents Leadership Council and the
Parents Senior Tribute Gift Committee.
The Senior Associate Director will also assist with all aspects
of the Family Giving program, including pipeline development,
management of volunteers, gift solicitations, marketing and
communications, and the Parents Senior Tribute Gift Campaign.
Duties and Responsibilities include:
Volunteer and Event Management
- The Senior Associate Director is responsible for providing
strategic insights about the content and calendar of programs for
parents - including regional programs, on-campus programs, virtual
programs and meetings of the volunteer councils (the Parents
Leadership Council and the Parents Senior Tribute Gift). As needed,
coordinate with colleagues in the Trinity College Fund, Donor
Relations and others at the college to ensure parents are included
in invitations, when relevant.
- Recruit and train Parents Leadership Council members, assign
peer-to-peer solicitations, monitor gift activity, and provide
timely Parents Fund updates.
- Support the Parents Leadership Council in collaboration with
- In consultation with frontline fundraisers, consider the
leadership of the Parents Leadership Council, the Parent Directors
and the Parents Senior Tribute Gift as a potential pipeline to the
Board of Trustees, Campaign Cabinet or other high-level engagement
opportunities at Trinity.
- Contribute to the organization and management of all Family
Giving events, both on-campus as well as regional parent and family
cultivation events (with a focus on Move-In Day, Homecoming, Family
Weekend, Commencement and Parents Leadership Council
- Distribute invitations, agendas and manage follow up for the
biannual meetings of the Parents Leadership Council. In concert
with the Coordinator of Parent and Family Giving, assist with
managing logistics - including space reservations and catering for
the Council meetings. Assist the Director of Parent and Family
Giving with developing the agenda in concert with the Campaign
priorities and the interests of the Parents Leadership Council
Marketing and Appeals
- Assist with the design and implementation of the Family Giving
marketing program for the parent and family constituency, including
mailings, email, social media, volunteer, and staff
- Develop Parents Fund appeals calendar, draft appeal language,
contribute to the visual look of emails and letters, and oversee
- Maintain a sophisticated understanding of the parent and family
giving database to ensure fundraising goals.
- Work with fundraisers to secure challengers for Giving Day and
to identify signers for appeals.
- In consultation with the Director of Parent and Family Giving,
serve as a point person for Advancement staff to on-campus
resources that may be relevant to the student experience (including
staff at the Center for Career and Life Design, the Office of the
Registrar, the Athletics Department, Academic Deans, and
- In collaboration with the Director of Parent and Family Giving,
liaise with frontline fundraisers to ensure strategic pipeline
development for assigned parent prospects.
- Communicate with fundraisers about status updates on their
assigned parents who are released to parent volunteer
- If desired, potential to qualify parents for the Parent
Directors (donors at $10,000+).
- Identify parents for the Long Walk Societies (LWS) and the
Parents Leadership Council ($2,000 - $10,000) and make associated
solicitations via email, phone, virtual or in person meetings.
- Work with the Director of Parent and Family Giving to move LWS
members to increase their support as Parent Directors and/or
consider larger Campaign contributions.
Parents Senior Tribute Gift Campaign
- Oversee the fundraising campaign for senior parents and
- Assist the Director of Parent and Family Giving in recruiting
- Train volunteer solicitors to use GiveCampus and coordinate
peer-to-peer solicitation strategies with gift officers.
- In collaboration with the Director of Parent and Family Giving,
establish participation and dollar goals for the Parents Senior
Tribute Gift, develop appeals and track their success.
- In coordination with the Parent and Family Giving coordinator,
oversee the Commencement-weekend brick unveiling event and manage
event follow up.
- Responsible for working with the Director of Parent and Family
Giving and other Advancement colleagues to plan the annual
calendar, set goals, determine and execute strategies for all
annual and capital giving solicitation efforts.
- Analyze and use data to do financial forecasting and realize
- Represent the college by staffing on and off-campus college
events involving donors and volunteers - including, but not limited
to: Summer Welcome Receptions, Parents Leadership Council meetings,
Family Weekend, Homecoming, Commencement, Move-In Day, and Reunion
- Travel, weekend and evening work is required.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree is required, as well as three or more years
of successful leadership-level fundraising or comparable
experience, preferably in education.
- Ability to interact with a diverse and sophisticated
constituency and engage in conversations related to giving and/or
- Seasoned volunteer recruitment and management skills.
- Articulate and persuasive communicator, both verbally and in
- Strong sense of personal and professional integrity and work
- Leadership and interpersonal skills and ability to work
collaboratively across the organization to move projects
- Strong attention to detail, well-organized, excellent at
managing deadlines, and a proactive problem solver.
- Computer fluency including Microsoft Office Suite, donor
database software, and query tools.
- A demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing
- A familiarity with the field of education and an appreciation
of the value of a liberal arts education.
- Marketing and brand management experience.
- Experience in planning and executing institutional events.
Special Instructions to Applicants
All applicants must apply online at https://trincoll.peopleadmin.com/postings/2752
by submitting their resume, cover letter and 3 references.
Review of applications will begin three weeks after the role
Trinity College requires proof of COVID19 vaccination and
booster or an approved exemption prior to beginning employment.
Trinity is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action