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Associate Director, Blue & Gold Society

Company: Ithaca College
Date Posted: October 6, 2017

Position Number                                          2609101

Working Title                                                Associate Director, Blue & Gold Society

Division                                                         College Relations and Advancement

School/Parent Organization                         College Relations and Advancement

Department                                                    Ithaca College Annual Fund

FLSA Status                                                    Exempt

Salary Band                                                    EX.J.100


PD Effective Date                                          08/14/2017

Position/Job Summary                                Responsible for strategic program planning and assessment, management, and implementation of initiatives to increase the Blue & Gold Society membership (annual gifts of $1,000 and above) in dollars and donors through retention and acquisition of gifts from IC alumni, parents and friends. Plan, implement and manage the Blue & Gold Society giving program. Develop and implement a strategic solicitation and marketing plan to engage, solicit, and steward donors capable of giving $1,000 or more on an annual basis. Partner with the Ithaca College Annual Fund staff to ensure effective solicitation strategies and messaging through all existing channels. Identify, recruit, train, and support the Blue & Gold Society National Committee to ensure growth in membership and upgraded levels of support. Where appropriate, make personal solicitations, and regularly collaborate with other staff to build a pipeline of IC Annual Fund volunteers and donors at the Blue & Gold Society level and above.

Supervision  This position reports to the Director of the Ithaca College Annual Fund. This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.

Position/Job Responsibilities                         

  • Manage a comprehensive program to identify, secure, and steward Blue &Gold Society giving club level gifts of $1,000 or more on an annual basis through designing, managing, and evaluating outreach to current and prospective members that are alumni, families, and friends of the College. Working in consultation with the Director of the IC Annual Fund, Director of Family Giving, and the Director of Donor Relations and Communication to ensure that the program approaches each consistency in a way that inspires the greatest levels of support.
  • Develop a comprehensive annual solicitation program for all leadership giving prospects. Ensure initiatives are well-planned and clearly communicated, and developed to support the prospect engagement and fundraising goals of the  Director of the IC Annual Fund, Assistant Vice President of Individual Giving, the Director of Family Giving, , and other development officers.
  • Communicate and partner with giving officers to ensure successful solicitation of all tracked prospects through broad-based mailings, emails, phonathons, and peer-to-peer and staff solicitations for gifts of $1,000 and above.
  • Oversee solicitation, cultivation, stewardship, and recognition communications for Blue & Gold Society donors and prospects.
  • Under the general direction of the Director of the IC Annual Fund, plan, implement, coordinate, and supervise peer-to-peer solicitation efforts to reach the fundraising goals and objectives for the Blue & Gold Society National Committee, to ensure the committee reaches their full potential as volunteer solicitors. This includes: evaluation of giving patterns and establishing goals; identification, recruitment, training, and support of volunteers; analysis and evaluation of efforts; personally contacting prospects and asking for participation. Oversee the updating of information in Ellucian ADVANCE to monitor, discern, and track the appropriate activities—such as volunteer recruitment, committee assignments, and solicitation outcomes. Work collaboratively with a broad range of Advancement staff to ensure effective partnership in activities for maximum benefit of the volunteer effort.
  • Develop and demonstrate a multicultural awareness and contribute to cultivating an inclusive, diverse and respectful college community. Demonstrate civil and inclusive behavior when interacting with staff, faculty, students and visitors to the College. Promote a flexible, collaborative and inclusive work and living environment and engage in educational opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion.
  • Continue the development and implementation of a young alumni Blue & Gold Society level giving program; work in collaboration with the IC Annual Fund Associate Director of Senior Class and Young Alumni Giving, the Blue & Gold Society Young Alumni Chair, and the young alumni that serve on the Blue & Gold Society National Committee.
  • Working closely with the Director of Donor Relations and Communication, develop the annual recognition program for Blue &Gold Society volunteers and donors. Oversee the development and implementation of annual recognition events and programs and work with event staff. Oversee the invitation list creation and work closely with the Donor Relations and Communication team to assure the invitation lists’ processing and development, and the distribution of event briefing materials.
  • Work with the IC Annual Fund Associate Director of Senior Class and Young Alumni Giving and the Senior Class Gift Committee to develop plans and strategies for the senior class to promote giving at the Blue & Gold Society level and encourage future commitments.
  • 10. Work with the IC Annual Fund Assistant Director of the Phonathon Program to develop scripts, strategies, and calling pools for Blue & Gold Society level phonathon solicitation calls. 
  • Assist the Director of the IC Annual Fund in preparing, executing and monitoring annual budgets. Verify and reconcile budgetary expenditures within established guidelines.

Position/Job Qualifications  Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of four years related experience or an equivalent combination of related education and experience. Demonstrated experience in successfully managing volunteers who conduct personal solicitations is preferred. Previous experience with a non-benefits based giving society and recognition program is preferred. Direct personal solicitation experience is preferred. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to effectively work and interact respectfully within a diverse and inclusive environment; extensive understanding of higher education and the role of development; ability to travel and attend College functions during and after normal business hours; ability to work independently and in a team environment, and establish priorities and meet deadlines are required. Previous experience working in a college or university setting is preferred.

Work Environment Most of the work of the incumbent is carried out within a generally accessible, safe, indoor environment. The incumbent will be required to operate a personal computer and associated equipment such as computer printers and other office equipment used in day-to-day operation. The incumbent will be required to travel and attend various College functions during and after normal business hours.

Position Details

Market Hiring Range                              $60,000 - $70,000

% Fulltime                                              100

Hours per week                                      37.5

Weeks per year                                      52.2

Schedule                                                 8 Schedule: 750-750-750-750-750-0-0

Shift                                                        Day

Normal Start Time                                  8:30 AM

Normal End Time                                    5:00 PM

Employment Category                            Fulltime-Regular

Is this position eligible for benefits?     Yes

Bargaining Unit                                       No

Pay Basis                                                 Annual Salary Basis

Is Time Card Required?                          No

Supervisor                                               Alyssa Cooper


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