Olivet College announces its search for a Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving.
Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement, the Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving is responsible for building and executing an innovative and dynamic combination of engagement strategies that will capture the hearts and minds of alumni and friends and inspire people to act.
It is through these positive, meaningful relationships with and service to alumni and friends that the College will build and cultivate involvement leading to the gifts of time, talent, and treasure and will ensure the advancement of the mission of Olivet College as envisioned by its founders.
The Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving serves as a representative for Olivet College charged specifically with managing the College’s alumni engagement, annual giving and stewardship programs. These programs seek to connect the College with its alumni, current students, parents and friends in communities across the country in ways that add value to their lives and furthers the mission of the College. The Senior Director develops a coordinated program of alumni engagement and solicitation strategies that are directly linked to the overall goals of the department and the College. The success of these programs will be driven by the quantity and quality of the lasting relationships established and maintained in support of their fundraising goals and the mission of Olivet College.
The successful candidate will display a record of leadership and accomplishment within alumni engagement and annual giving or in equivalent roles with responsibility for engaging and inspiring diverse populations to work together for the good of a common cause. Other important characteristics include a strong work ethic and initiative, creativity, entrepreneurship, personal integrity, humility, emotional intelligence, the ability to inspire and motivate, and a genuine desire for the success and well-being of others. Evidence of a commitment to professional learning and growth is also required.
Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree and eight to ten years of progressively responsible and applicable experience, along with the following competencies: outstanding relationship building skills, leadership and management, outstanding, persuasive, and influencing communication skills, ability to analyze large amounts of data to make informed, targeted decisions, and proficiency with multiple forms of technology.
Olivet College is an equal opportunity employer and does take affirmative steps to employ women and minorities. Founded in 1844, Olivet College was the first college by charter in Michigan to admit women and people of color. As part of its commitment to a values-based mission of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility, the College actively seeks diversity in its students, faculty and staff. Women and members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
About Olivet College
Open to all regardless of race, gender or ability to pay since its founding, Olivet College was the first college in Michigan to admit women and persons of color on a co-equal basis with white men. It is one of the most diverse private liberal arts institutions in the state.
The College offers 31 majors across the liberal arts, sciences, and professional programs at the baccalaureate and master’s level. The undergraduate student body is a mix of first-generation, urban and rural students from all socioeconomic backgrounds, with approximately half qualifying for Federal Pell Grants; approximately 30% are students of color.
Located in Olivet, an intimate college town in south-central Michigan, the College is only 20-30 minutes from the urban centers of Battle Creek and the capital city of Lansing.