Senior Director of Engagement & Annual Giving


Position Title

Sr. Director of Engagement and Annual Giving


University Advancement


Full Time/Exempt

Position Summary

The Sr. Director is responsible for overseeing a comprehensive program that engages alumni, parents and families, friends and fans of the University with the ultimate goal of growing our pool of Annual Fund donors.  Departmental duties include developing relevant programs and services, managing the activities of volunteers as well as coordinating the activities of the President’s Parent’s Council and the Alumni Advisory Board.  It is the responsibility of the Sr. Director to plan and execute appropriate strategies to promote the idea of “Dolphins for Life” – creating meaningful ties beginning as students that will bond alumni to their alma mater over time including reunions, solicitations online and print, and proven engagement activities.

Essential Job Duties

  • Develop programs and services for alumni to engage alumni with the University on multiple platforms – on campus, in remote cities and digitally.
  • Provide leadership and strategic direction for alumni programming, communications, events, and volunteer support.
  • Plan and implement major annual events; including Homecoming & Family Weekend and Charter Weekend.
  • Build volunteer leadership of the Dolphin Clubs in key markets.
  • Lead strategy for Annual Giving solicitation efforts – build pipeline of loyal donors.
  • Focus on Young Alumni engagement starting with activities of the Student Alumni Association, progressing into a robust GOLD Phin Society and on to Order of the Dolphin and other leadership giving societies.
  • Work collaboratively across campus with other administrative offices, University faculty, student affairs and Athletics in particular; as well as with JU students.
  • Facilitate recognition of important alumni achievements and milestones.
  • Administrative responsibilities including supervising 3-6 office staff, managing the alumni budget, and preparing annual reports of progress.
  • Facilitate communication between the University and alumni & parents through electronic contact, telephone, written materials, and personal visits.
  • Track and report contacts to the University Advancement Office.

Work Conditions

  • Work is primarily indoors, but requires the incumbent to be in an outdoor environment when traveling between campus buildings or being off-campus.
  • Standard office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Physical Requirements

  • Manual dexterity to efficiently operate a computer keyboard and other business machines
  • Near vision sufficient to read written communications and computer display screens
  • Adequate hearing to communicate effectively in person and by phone

Prerequisites Required for Position

Minimum Education/Experience Requirement

  • Required: Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Preferred minimum of five years experience working in higher education, preferably in an office related to Alumni or University Development (or comparable experience).
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point.
  • Must have excellent writing and communication skills; familiarity with social media platforms preferred.
  • Volunteer management and motivating supervisory skills are highly desirable; we welcome candidates who have led in an environment where people are encouraged to contribute in ways that are meaningful to the mission.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, maturity to handle sensitive and confidential information.
  • Must be able to multi-task, be a self-starter with strong initiative and use sound judgment.


Important Note

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required for this position. The University reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs.

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