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Director of Irwin Club - Athletics

Apply now Job no: 492638
Work type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Allendale
Categories: Athletics

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Bachelor's degree plus a minimum of 2 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics fundraising, marketing or equivalent experience.
  • The candidate must demonstrate strong communication, organizational, interpersonal and presentation skills.

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Experience working with ongoing annual solicitation and donor benefits program.
  • Familiarity with fundraising/giving best practices and experience with implementation of annual giving campaigns.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating annual funds.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions: 

  • Coordinate the strategic planning, organization and oversight of GVSU Athletics development efforts (Irwin Club). Including annual fund(s), student Irwin Club, customer service, donor relations, working with university development with gift processing management, area operations and procedures, fiscal management, budget planning, Irwin Club events and other Irwin Club and athletics related services and functions as directed.
  • Provide leadership, administrative support, and supervision for all GVSU Irwin Club event committees and supports varsity alumni associations with alumni relations.
  • Provide input and leadership for all Irwin Club activities and initiatives while ensuring an integrated approach to the overall athletics operations and communications in line with the department's championship culture.
  • Provide oversight, consultation and support to and for coaches as it relates to sport specific fundraising initiatives.
  • Liaison with university development office to include, but not limited to, relationship building, on-going communications, collaborative initiatives, alignment of annual fund processes with university processes.
  • Perform duties as a trustworthy steward of all resources and the reputation of Grand Valley State University.
  • Build quality relationships; work collaboratively and professionally with Athletics, Irwin Club and University staff, students and all constituencies and stakeholders.
  • Usage and analysis of donor data provided by university development.
  • Developing marketing, social media, promotional and advertising plans for designated sports fundraising efforts: includes but not limited to, email marketing, marketing analytics, retargeting, geo-targeting.
  • Travel is required.

Salary:  Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Department/Division: Athletics

Campus: Allendale

Application Deadline Date:  Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

How To Apply: Apply at and click “Apply now”.  Include a letter of interest and resume. The online system will allow you to attach these documents electronically.  On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references.  If you need assistance or have questions, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

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