Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College has distinguished itself as a leader in residential liberal arts
education. The College is consistently ranked among the top 65 liberal arts colleges in the country and offers an intimate and collaborative learning environment with renowned faculty, unique research opportunities, and state-of-the-art facilities. Gettysburg’s campus sits adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. Today, Gettysburg enrolls 2,400 undergraduate students from over 40 states and nearly 40 countries. With 224 full-time faculty, the College boasts a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 65 academic programs. In March of 2022, the Board of Trustees approved Gettysburg’s new strategic plan, “Living Our Promise,” with the goal to inspire students to lead lives of meaning, service, and consequence. The plan advances this essential work and marries the excellence of a rigorous liberal arts and sciences education with a student experience that intentionally integrates learning that occurs inside and outside of the classroom.
As Gettysburg College begins the foundational phase of our next comprehensive campaign, we seek new colleagues who share our team values: self-motivation, adaptability, a bias to act, commitment to each other, planning, collaboration, and communication.
The division of College Advancement has historically achieved engagement and fundraising success. In the last two years, our fundraising activity has doubled and we are investing in ourselves to build on this significant momentum. Collaborating with Washburn & McGoldrick, our campaign consultants, we have strong internal and external support for our fundraising team and the comprehensive campaign.
The Assistant Director of Annual Giving is a member of the annual giving team within College Advancement. This 8-person team is responsible for raising annual support for the Gettysburg Fund and the Orange & Blue Club from alumni, parents and friends as well as increasing the College’s alumni participation rate. The team works closely with alumni and parent relations, leadership giving, gift planning, prospect research, donor relations and stewardship and advancement systems. The Assistant Director manages a multi-channel student outreach ambassador program that includes phone, email, and text. The program requires hiring, onboarding, and supervising 8 – 10 student workers. The Assistant Director is responsible for developing events and programs to foster a culture of philanthropy among Gettysburg students. This includes planning on-campus activities and student involvement in Gettysburg’s annual 36-hour challenge, Gettysburgives. The Assistant Director will also lead all efforts related to the 20th Reunion Class Gift. Occasional evening and weekend work is required to support the outreach program, reunion committee conference calls, and special events.
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required. Preference is given to an individual with phonathon, student philanthropy, and/or student alumni association experience. The preferred candidate will possess the ability to develop and implement creative and effective communications and strategies for the Student Outreach program, the Senior Class Gift campaign and student philanthropy programming. We seek candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of alumni, parents, students, colleagues, and community members. Organizational and time management skills are essential, as is the ability to work effectively both as part of a team and independently. Professional conduct and appropriate handling of confidential information is required. Must have a valid drivers license, as driving is a function of the position.
College Advancement is committed to staff development and exploring opportunities for colleagues pursue their professional goals. We value individual differences and strive to offer a work arrangement that fosters employee satisfaction and retention. The Assistant Director of Annual Giving is eligible to request a hybrid status of up to two days of remote work when the student ambassador program is not operational—typically May through August and December through January. Currently, all Annual Giving staff members work in the office on Tuesdays to allow for team meetings. This is in accordance with the College’s Remote and Hybrid Work Policy.
Please visit our website to submit application materials through our on-line system: https://gettysburg.peopleadmin.com/postings/4738
Application materials are encouraged by October 7 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.