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Manager Of Annual Giving And Special Events
DATE:   11/21/2019
JOB TITLE:   Manager of Annual Giving and Special Events
DEPARTMENT:   Institutional Advancement
SECTOR:   Institutional Advancement


The Manager of Annual Giving and Special Events is responsible for conceptualizing, developing and executing a comprehensive annual giving program and the coordination of the President’s Dinner and in-house entertaining cultivation events. This position will work within the Institutional Advancement team to significantly increase the quantity of donors and the amount of unrestricted funding available for the University. The Manager of Annual Giving and Special Events will cultivate, solicit and steward alumni donors and friends for the University. 


Evaluate, plan and execute a comprehensive annual giving program from cultivation to solicitation to stewardship.  

Plan, organize and execute the annual President’s Dinner and in-house entertaining cultivation events. Work with the Office of Special Events on the coordination, implementation, and execution. Develop year by year analysis of event: attendance, budget cost-analysis.      

Plan and execute the full schedule of solicitations, including but not limited to:

Niagara’s Day of Giving

Annual Mailings – Late Summer, Fall, Year End, segmentation testing, and Niagara’s Day of Giving

Associated e-giving campaigns to mailings, and other selected days  

Stewardship and cultivation of donors:

State of the University WebEx

Year-end Accountability Video & Postcard

Loyalty Society Magnets Mailing

Veteran Coins

Your Gift at Work e-stewardship

Lynch Society Calendar

In house entertaining and cultivation events

As needed: Alumni relations support  

Maintain frequent contact with alumni through personal, written/email correspondence, telephone and social media.  

Ensure accurate information is assimilated at all times: written, verbal, email, social media, etc.

Perform other duties as assigned.


35%   Administer four annual solicitations including the associated e-solicitations.   

15%    Plan and execute Niagara’s Day of Giving.  Steward donors for this event.  

30%    President’s Dinner planning and implementation  

20%    Cultivation and stewardship events.  


Excellent interpersonal skills. Knowledge of annual giving and the cycle of philanthropy a must – cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, repeat. Ability to coordinate and manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Strong communication skills, including persuasive writing skills.  Ability to receive telephone calls and emails, respond to inquiries and communicate with others by telephone. Ability to drive a personal or university vehicle for the purpose of university business.  Possess a high level of energy and creativity.  Expert skill level in MS Office Suite; experience in InDesign, Photoshop and Raiser’s Edge is preferred.  Strong keyboarding skills and experience in using word processing software and the Adobe Suite (most specifically InDesign and Photoshop) – Raiser’s Edge experience a plus.


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, 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.


Bachelor’s degree in related field required. Master’s degree preferred. Minimum of three to five years’ experience in fundraising, annual giving programs, corporate sales or equivalent experience is required.  One year of direct mail management is preferred. A valid New York State driver’s license is required that satisfies both University and insurance company underwriting rules and regulations for driving a motor vehicle. Must also be able to operate a motor vehicle in Canada.     

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NIAGARA UNIVERSITY is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with our Catholic mission, Niagara University is committed to providing equal employment and educational opportunities and will not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex (gender), national origin, religious preference, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristic, status as veteran or disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Ryan Thompson, Esq., Title IX Coordinator, Office for Equity & Inclusion, 716-286-8324, rthompson@niagara.edu, www.niagara.edu/oei, Office Location: O’Shea Hall, B27. For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

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