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Department: Development/SOU Foundation Management
Salary/Rate: $53,940 - $62,000@ 1.0 FTE
Reporting to the Vice President for University Advancement/SOU Foundation Executive Director, the Director of Annual Giving will play a pivotal role in increasing philanthropic support of Southern Oregon University. This position requires a strategic leader with a vision for increasing the number of donors annually, improving retention percentages, and coordinating upgrade strategies to impact a growing philanthropic pipeline to position SOU to engage in its first comprehensive campaign. The Director provides leadership for SOU's Annual Giving Program by developing and implementing a range of effective solicitation strategies, with particular attention to donor acquisition and retention of SOU alumni. This comprehensive strategy must maximize individual donor giving, with particular responsibility for increasing the number and size of gifts under $25,000.
Minimum Classification Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree and three to five of progressively responsible experience in fundraising, marketing, communications, or related field. Demonstrated success developing and executing program initiatives and employing segmentation strategies as necessary to maximize results. Energetic, creative, and resourceful with demonstrated initiative in seeking increased contributions and engagement. Excellent communication skills with proven ability to engage prospective clients, customers, and donors in writing through articulate, compelling, and well-reasoned solicitations—using both traditional and digital platforms. Exceptional organizational skills, with the ability to work on deadline and manage multiple assignments simultaneously. Proven record of working independently and as part of a team, demonstrating flexibility and the ability to achieve goals in tandem with project partners.
Experience working in a higher education setting. Strong analytical and budgeting skills. Experience with donor database software (The Raiser's Edge NXT or comparable system) and digital fundraising solutions.
All Listed Duties:
The Director develops and implements a strategic Annual Giving Program with the purpose of increasing annual support from donors and a goal of building a robust pipeline of philanthropic partners.
Creates and executes comprehensive Annual Giving strategic plan, including sophisticated segmentation, strategy for retention, acquisition, and upgrades with the goal of growing the number of donors and all gifts under $25,000. Develops complementary communications strategies to increase fundraising success through social media, crowdfunding, direct mail, email, and online.
Develops and implements strategic annual campaigns for all university constituent groups (e.g. athletic teams, library, and academic divisions) and the SOU Fund; coordinates priorities and messaging for alumni, parents, and friends outreach, and sets long-term benchmarks for success. Is responsible for developing and meeting annual goals for each constituent group.
Develops and deploys well-targeted solicitations that increase membership in the university's premier donor group, the President's Circle ($1,000+ annually). Works with major gift officers to steward these annual donors and move them toward major and planned gift discussions, as appropriate to build a robust pipeline for future support.
Develops and implements new annual giving initiatives that engage the SOU campus community in days of giving or similar campus campaigns that lead to increased philanthropic support and involvement from faculty and staff members.
In collaboration with Advancement Services, creates reports that measures the effectiveness and progress of the Annual Giving Program. Provides regular analysis and status reports to division leadership, making routine adjustments to strategy to ensure success.
Writes compelling copy for donor proposals, case statements, brochures, direct mail, invitations, videos, e-newsletters, and other correspondence. Ensures written materials are accurate, articulate, targeted, and well-reasoned. Serves as the project leader with external vendors to produce Annual Giving pieces, as needed.
Works in partnership with gift processing staff to ensure that gift and appeal records are coded correctly and donors are appropriately stewarded.
Cultivates and enhances a best-practice annual giving office.
Develops and manages all aspects of the Annual Giving Program budget.,
The Director collaborates with the Alumni Relations Program to increase support from alumni by synchronizing outreach and communications efforts to drive philanthropic investment.
Collaborates with the Director of Alumni Relations to increase support from alumni, routinely engaging in collaborative conversations that enhance long-term engagement efforts.
Collaborates with Alumni Relations Program to synchronize and share SOU news and information with alumni donors.
With Alumni Relations Program, develops and executes a Reunion Giving program and all associated events and solicitations.
Attends and participates in events and activities that further the goals of the Alumni Relations Program, Development Program and university.,
Other duties as assigned
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): -Position classification defined as
Internal Number: 8921
About Southern Oregon University
SOU provides career-focused, comprehensive educational experiences to over 6,200 students. Along with an emphasis on student success and intellectual growth, SOU is committed to diversity, inclusion and sustainability. Theoretical and experiential learning programs provide quality, innovative experiences for students. At SOU, students build strong community connections through internships, mentorships, field studies, capstone projects, volunteer opportunities and civic engagement.