Director of Annual Giving

Posted on 10/19/2021

Chatham University

Pittsburgh, PA

Chatham University has an immediate opening for a Director of Annual Giving in the University’s Advancement department.

The Director of Annual Giving is a critical team player in achieving the University’s annual giving fundraising and participation goals and for meeting goals for ongoing unrestricted operating support for the University.  Working with the AVP of Development and the Vice President of University Advancement, the Director provides strategic direction and leadership for all annual fundraising and is responsible for meeting dollar, participation, and donor acquisition goals for unrestricted operating support. The successful candidate will demonstrate creativity, initiative, leadership, and independence and will be an enthusiastic supporter and advocate of personal, team, and institutional goals.

The Director manages all aspects of Annual Giving, including the Annual Fund direct mail and email campaigns, Leadership Annual Giving, Student Philanthropy programs, reunion giving, Day of Giving and other special crowdfunding initiatives, in addition to creating and executing a donor acquisition plan to expand Chatham’s annual giving donor base and maximize support.

In addition, the Director will work closely with University Advancement leadership to plan, execute, and analyze annual giving results and work effectively with colleagues in University Advancement, and other campus partners in the execution of their programs. The Director will collaborate with Advancement Services staff to prepare reports and work with Individual Giving to maximize leadership annual fund support and referral for major and planned giving prospects and donors.  Finally, the Director will manage a portfolio of annual giving prospects for personal cultivation and solicitation.

This vacant position will add to Chatham’s mission “to prepare students to build lives of purpose, value and fulfilling work…by preparing graduates to be informed and engaged citizens in their communities; to recognize and respect the diversity of culture, identity, and opinion; and to live sustainably.” Building on this mission, Chatham is committed to creating a supportive and inclusive learning, living and working environment for all members of the campus community. Learn more at: .

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Achieve annual goals for unrestricted giving and alumni participation in annual giving programs every year.
  • Develop and execute the Annual Giving operating plan, calendar, segmentation strategy, and budget.
  • Assume primary responsibility for the growth of the University’s leadership giving society, the 1869 Society. Meet regularly with the AVP of Development and the Individual Giving team to maximize leadership gifts from annual, major, and planned giving donors and ensure close coordination of solicitations, and stewardship activities and mailings.
  • Serve as the lead project manager for the University’s annual Day of Giving. This includes creating and managing the communications calendar, collaborating with Alumni Engagement on featured engagement and volunteer opportunities, partnering with Marketing and Communications on theme, website, and print and digital collateral, and managing the staffing plan for the event.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 4-6 years of progressively responsible experience in annual fundraising, preferably in higher education
  • Deep understanding and knowledge of fundraising best practices and annual giving marketing expertise
  • Experience managing and motivating teams of staff, students, or volunteers
  • Proven success with direct solicitation of leadership-level gifts
  • Experience using a donor database or CRM system to run financial reports and create donor lists

Founded in 1869, Chatham University has an enrollment of over 2,200 students across over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence: sustainability & health, the arts & sciences, and business & communications. Chatham has consistently been named a College of Distinction and a “Best College” by U.S. News & World Report, and–as the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson (Class of ’29)–is perennially ranked as one of the greenest colleges in the United States by Sierra Magazine and the Princeton Review.

Chatham consists of the School of Health Sciences; the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment; the School of Arts, Science and Business; and the School for Continuing & Professional Studies.

Located in Pittsburgh, PA–one of the country’s most livable cities and great college towns–Chatham is spread across three distinct locations: the historic arboretum, Shadyside Campus; Chatham Eastside in the fast-growing East End; and Eden Hall Campus, one of the world’s most sustainable campuses.

To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter addressing the qualifications of the position, professional resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Chatham University offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package, including tuition remission for qualified personnel, and a generous retirement plan.

Chatham University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Chatham University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.

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