Olivet College invites applications for the position of Director of Annual Giving and Stewardship within the college’s Office of Institutional Advancement.
About Olivet College
Since its inception in 1844, Olivet College’s founders and leaders have believed an education should be available to anyone regardless of gender, race, or financial means. The basis of Olivet’s guiding principle was established by the founders when they wrote, “We wish simply to do good to our students, by placing in their hands the means of intellectual, moral and spiritual improvement, and to teach them the divine art and science of doing good to others.”
The College recently completed its historic $44M comprehensive campaign Responsible Learners – Responsible Leaders by raising over $47.1M. The campaign launched in 2015 with a primary directive to help achieve many of the elements of the College’s strategic plan, Charting the Course for 2020 and Beyond. The Office of Institutional Advancement has expanded and grown during the campaign and will continue to serve a primary role in ensuring the college’s ultimate success in the years to come. The Director of Annual Giving and Stewardship will play a key role in continuing strong fundraising performance as the college transitions out of the campaign and into initiatives to fund several essential projects to support the College’s continued growth. The professional who accepts this position will receive the opportunity for great success and significant personal growth and development.
Olivet College is located in south central Michigan in the town of Olivet, MI. Olivet is a close-knit, rural community offering quiet streets and natural surroundings, yet it is not more than 30 minutes from the larger cities of Lansing and Battle Creek. Both are small enough to be friendly and large enough to boast many of the big city amenities. The region offers numerous high quality school districts and an affordable and stable cost of living. The greater region offers an abundance of beaches along one the most beautiful lakes in the world (Lake Michigan), state campgrounds wooded adventures, and art and cultural opportunities ranging from outdoor sculpture to Opera all within easy driving distance.
About the Position
The Director of Annual Giving and Stewardship serves as a representative for Olivet College, especially among constituents with a record of, or the potential for, making annual gifts. They are primarily responsible for the strategic execution and management of a comprehensive annual giving and stewardship program. The Director develops a coordinated matrix of solicitation strategies and is responsible for coordinating an inclusive and efficient stewardship program that consistently promotes interaction with and recognition of donors at all levels. The Director provides strategic direction through annual and multi-year planning for their area of responsibility in the context of growing the annual giving and stewardship program while supporting the further achievement of the Office of Advancement and Olivet College goals.
Success is defined by the degree of success the Director achieves in developing and retaining lasting annual giving relationships leading to increased annual support and increased donor participation for the college.
The Director reports to the Vice President for Advancement and regularly collaborates with all members of the advancement department and frequently with colleagues across campus.
Design and implement strategies to grow the annual giving program in both dollars and participation across all constituencies: alumni, friends, trustees, parents, students, faculty & staff, community, and corporate partners; achieve this by managing a comprehensive program including direct mail, email, video, personal visits, social media, and event fundraising channels
Manage the overall stewardship and donor relations plan including donors at all giving levels
Create a case for giving that connects the heart of the donor with the core of the college’s mission. Coordinate with colleagues in the Office of Marketing and Communications to find and share the college’s most impactful stories with donor prospects
Responsible for the development of all annual giving materials and communication vehicles
Develop solicitation requests for the monthly E-newsletter and bi-annual alumni magazine
Guide information tracking and reporting processes regarding acknowledgment, recognition, on-going communications and continued cultivation of past and current donors to enhance their relationship with the college and increase the likelihood of continued contributions
Collaborate with Advancement Services to refine and develop new elements for the college’s donor acknowledgment and stewardship process. Currently, this includes tax receipts, thank you letters, donor reminder cards, thank you phone calls, and the honor roll of donors
Utilize direct mail, digital media, groundbreaking, and ribbon cutting ceremonies, donor plaques, scholarship luncheons, and other donor events, and the President’s Honor Roll/Annual Report to engage donors and the campus community in stewardship
Provide thorough, accurate and timely responses to all donor requests for information; demonstrate exemplary customer service in all exchanges
Perform comprehensive analysis related to all aspects of the annual giving and stewardship program. Use statistics to evaluate the program and make recommendations to meet annual goals and to improve future performance. Evaluate outcomes and report progress and suggestions to the Vice President and others as appropriate
Represent the Annual Giving department and Office of Advancement at both internal and external campus events and activities
Fundraising Experience: a minimum of two years of work in the Development field or in a field requiring comparable skills and experience. Previous experience in higher education desired
Education: bachelor's degree required. A strong commitment to professional growth is essential
Writing and Verbal Skills: must be able to present a written message in a clear, concise, interesting, and effective manner. Needs to possess strong verbal communication skills; specifically the talent to speak effectively and make oneself understood in both informal settings and before a group and refined listening skills to effectively acquire relevant information
Analytical Skills: strong experience in analyzing and interpreting data to drive donor strategies with the ability to conceptualize, develop, implement, and assess strategic development activities
Technology Skills: proficiency with Microsoft Office products, particularly Excel, is essential. Strong computer software skills, database experience, and technical aptitude strongly desired
Initiative: must be able and willing to work in accordance with high, self-imposed standards and discipline; be a self-starter; devote extra effort to get the job done whenever necessary. Must be able to work in fast-paced, demanding, and results-oriented environment
Planning and Organizing: possess the discipline to structure personal activities to maximize productivity and efficiency; arrange documentation and information in a systematic manner; establish objectives and plans for accomplishment of goals; set priorities; meet deadlines
Flexibility: ability to adapt and respond appropriately to the demands of a very fluid environment. This includes working early mornings, evenings and weekends on occasion
Judgment and Decision Making: proven ability to think on one’s feet; evaluate relevant information, recognize alternatives, and reach logical conclusions based on the information available; handle day-to-day problems in a practical and effective way
Empathy and Relationship Skills: the sensitivity to perceive and react with consideration to the needs and feelings of others; competence in developing relationships that enhance understanding, communication, and friendliness
All applications must be submitted online. Please use this link to submit your online application: Career Center
At the career center, select this position title and follow the instructions to complete the online application process.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, to guarantee full consideration please apply before Friday, December 6, 2019. Please be prepared to submit a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three references. All materials are requested in pdf format.
Olivet College is a professional liberal arts college offering employees career opportunities built around growth and development, team spirit, work/life balance, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package. An attractive and competitive salary/benefits package commensurate with experience will be offered to the right candidate.
Working Conditions: Work is normally performed in an office environment.
Hazards: Mainly those present in a normal office setting; no known hazards.
We encourage you to forward the announcement of this career opportunity to others who may be interested.
Olivet College is an equal opportunity employer and does take affirmative steps to employ women and minorities.
About Olivet College
Olivet College, founded in 1844, is a small liberal arts college located in south-central Michigan. Olivet was founded on the principle that education should be available to all regardless of race, gender or financial status, a principle we still hold strong to today.
Serving 1,100 students the college integrates the development of personal and social responsibility into its curriculum and offers traditional liberal arts degrees as well as strong professional programs, including a nationally ranked Insurance and Risk Management program. Olivet competes at the Division III level in the MIAA, the oldest conference in the country.