Department Summary & Job Purpose:
The Mount Holyoke Fund Officer for Leadership Annual Giving manages an assigned pool of prospective donors and volunteers through the fundraising continuum from discovery, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, focusing on prospects capable of making annual gifts of $1,837-$25,000 to The Mount Holyoke Fund. This position will visit with 70+ alums each fiscal year to solicit support and promote membership in the Cornerstone Society, which recognizes all donors who make a gift of $1,837 or more to the College each year. Visits will be conducted both in person and via Zoom. Regular travel will be required.
The Mount Holyoke Fund Officer for Leadership Annual Giving also directs and oversees The Mount Holyoke Fund strategy and volunteer management for ten classes in our post-50th Reunion cohort with the goal of maintaining high levels of support and engagement after the 50th Reunion. With oversight and guidance from the Associate Director for Leadership Annual Giving, this position also functions as the staff liaison to the Beyond the 50th Committee, a high-level volunteer group representing post-50th Reunion classes, and maintains regular communication, facilitates conference calls, and assists with the work of the Beyond the 50th Committee.
Core Job Duties and Responsibilities:
- Directly qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of leadership annual giving prospects with the capacity to make annual gifts of $1,837-$25,000.
- Engage in leadership annual gift solicitations that 1) retains current and re-engages lost donors, 2) grows giving levels of current donors and 3) ultimately increases unrestricted giving.
- Conduct a minimum of 70 personal visits per year in person and via Zoom with leadership annual giving prospects for 1:1 solicitations. Local and regional travel are regular; and evening and weekend hours are occasional.
- Work independently and be self-motivated in initiating contacts with donors and potential donors; maintain relationships in person and electronically.
- As needed, work with departments within Development including The Mount Holyoke Fund, Leadership Giving and Planned Giving to create and implement strategies for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
Class and Volunteer Management
- Act as direct staff liaison to ten classes including two reunion classes each fiscal year.
- Train, support, and communicate regularly with head class agents and class agents in each class to set goals, plan initiatives, motivate, inspire, direct, assess and update them on their efforts and successes.
- Focus on volunteer recruitment and diversification within each class as needed.
- Work with colleagues in leadership gifts to develop annual giving solicitation strategies for leadership gift prospects in assigned classes.
- Develop all class specific communications for assigned classes.
- Work with the associate director of Leadership Annual Giving to create transition plan for classes immediately post-50th.
- Beyond the 50th Committee Liaison With oversight and guidance from the associate director for Leadership Annual Giving
- Serve as direct staff liaison for the Beyond the 50th Committee.
- Manage committee membership and recruitment.
- Facilitate all committee communications and meetings.
- Meet periodically with committee co-chairs.
- Be an active and collaborative team member.
- Contribute to overall Mount Holyoke Fund discussions affecting annual giving priorities and strategies.
- Participate in special projects or activities as assigned including, but not limited to, attendance at college functions and volunteer and/or donor events.
● Bachelor’s degree required.
● Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience in fundraising, volunteer management or other constituent management roles.
● Candidate must possess excellent organizational skills, ability to balance multiple projects and tasks, analytical and technical aptitude and attention to detail.
● Strong interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills.
● Experience in cultivation and solicitation of donor prospects a plus.
● Database experience, proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Excel); and ability to analyze data and learn new software.
● Willingness to travel domestically within New England and the Mid-Atlantic with some evenings and weekends required throughout the year. Valid driver’s license required.
● Desire to be part of a strong team.
● Commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion within the Mount Holyoke community.
Physical Demands: Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment, supported by qualified
employees that will allow all of its students, faculty, staff and those associated with them to successfully
carry out the mission of the college. As a condition of employment, the College will conduct appropriate
background checks for all new hires. Mount Holyoke has designated the Office of Human Resources as
the office responsible for ensuring that background checks (CORI, SORI, Credit History, & Driver
Credential) are completed and utilized in the hiring process and Five College Office of Compliance and
Risk Management as the office responsible for facilitating background checks as articulated in this policy.
Special Instructions for Applicants:
Apply online by application deadline. Application materials must include 1) a cover letter summarizing
interests and qualifications, 2) a complete resume or curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for 3
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