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Associate Director, Leadership Giving
DATE:   11/12/2012
JOB TITLE:   Associate Director, Leadership Giving
DEPARTMENT:   Alumni Engagement
SECTOR:   Institutional Advancement


Under general supervision, the Associate Director, Leadership Giving will cultivate and solicit leadership annual unrestricted gifts from donors and prospects. The Associate Director, Leadership Giving will build relationships and communicate the goals of Niagara University to alumni and friends through face to face personal visits. The successful candidate must be comfortable soliciting donors and friends of Niagara University for leadership ($1856+) annual unrestricted gifts. In addition, the Associate Director, Leadership Giving will develop a comprehensive Young Alumni Leadership Giving Program. The Associate Director, Leadership Giving is responsible for working with and generating a giving program for classes celebrating 25th and 60th anniversaries.

  • Actively cultivate, solicit and steward leadership annual giving prospects and donors by:
  •                         Conducting 150 personal visits with prospects annually
  •                         Completing 200 contacts via phone or email with prospects annually
  • Effectively communicate results of prospect visits to appropriate personnel including MGO’s and other development staff;
  • Develop a Young Alumni Leadership Giving Program;
  • Utilize Raiser’s Edge database to document historical records and communication with donors;
  • Develop and maintain consistent and meaningful contact with prospects and leadership donors to the unrestricted annual fund;
  • Direct two reunion gift campaigns for alumni celebrating their 25th and 60th anniversary;


55%    Cultivate, solicit and steward leadership unrestricted annual fund prospects    (includes Young Alumni)

25%   Develop a Young Alumni Leadership Program

20%   Develop and implement fundraising strategy for two reunion gift campaigns


Excellent interpersonal skills; 

Knowledge and use of programmatic development and individual strategies and skills;

Ability to coordinate and manage multiple tasks simultaneously;

Strong communication skills;

Ability to receive telephone calls, respond to inquiries and communicate with others by telephone;

Ability to work non-traditional business hours such as weekends and evenings, and also the ability to travel away from campus to visit potential prospects;

bility to drive a personal or university vehicle for the purpose of university business;

Possess a high level of energy and creativity;

Strong keyboarding skills and experience in using word processing software and knowledge of mainframe systems.


The functions of the position usually performed sitting, but may require some amount of time standing. Some amount of stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, lifting, walking, carrying and other movements may be required. Tasks involving working on a computer keyboard, typewriter, calculator, cutting, labeling, and taping involve extensive wrist and hand movement. All individuals are required to be able to perform these movements without significant risk of injury to themselves or others.


Master’s Degree is required. 

A minimum of two years’ experience (preferably in higher education or a comparably complex organization), in development, alumni relations, stewardship, or a related field. 

alid driver’s license required. License must meet insurance company rules and regulations for driving underwriting criteria.  The successful candidate must be able to operate motor vehicle in Canada.

Non Discrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Policy:

The University affirms its commitment to equal opportunity and non-discrimination and recognizes its responsibility to provide for all employees an environment that is free of discrimination and harassment based on gender, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, national origin, age, marital status, predisposed genetic disorder, Vietnam Era or disabled veteran status, disability or other category protected by law. The University also does not tolerate any actual or attempted reprisals or retaliation against an employee who raises a sincere and valid concern regarding harassment or discrimination. All such discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation is, therefore, strictly prohibited. This policy protects and covers the conduct of all employees, without regard to job title or status. Anyone engaging in the above mentioned conduct is subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge or termination of any other status.

Niagara University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. A copy of the Student Right to Know Annual Security Report is available at: http://www.niagara.edu/safety
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