Development Officer/Assistant Director, Yale College Annual Giving

The assistant director works as a member of the Yale College Annual Giving fundraising team to raise unrestricted support for the university through organized and coordinated fundraising efforts. 

Principal responsibilities

  1. Develops revenue and donor goals; develops and implements effective fundraising programs for each assigned class or constituency, including external personal visits, personalized written campaigns, phonathons, social media, direct mail, and email.
  2. Recruits, trains, and manages a substantial group of alumni volunteers; creates communications to large number of volunteers; supervises mass mailings to volunteers; informs volunteers of updated information and deadlines; evaluates individual donor and volunteer needs and provides other personal support. Has the authority to represent the university to alumni donors and volunteers.
  3. Advises, educates, and solicits potential alumni donors through external face-to-face meetings, phone contacts, and written communications.
  4. Monitors, on a weekly basis, annual giving solicitation strategies, as well as participation and dollar goals, for all supported classes. Identifies opportunities/needs to adjust strategies in order to reach fund raising goals. Implements new and modified strategies as needed.
  5. Continually reviews alumni donor profiles to identify potential top annual donors and determines individual solicitation strategies.
  6. Develops, fosters, and maintains positive alumni relations to keep alumni engaged and disposed to give back to the university.
  7. Coordinates special annual programs with a targeted focus.
  8. Plans and attends meetings and events on and off campus.
  9. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required skills and abilities

  1. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills, including attention to detail.
  2. Ability to handle diverse, simultaneous tasks and attend to follow-through.
  3. Highly motivated and energetic; ability to show initiative and work independently.
  4. Outgoing personality and ability to initiate and enjoy direct communication with alumni; customer-service orientation. Professionalism, maturity, and an ability to maintain confidentiality.
  5. Demonstrated knowledge of Word and Excel and the willingness to learn new online tools and database programs as needed.

Required education and experience

Bachelor’s degree in a related field and two years of direct fundraising, marketing, communications, or volunteer management experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred education and experience

Familiarity with fundraising/marketing databases.