Assistant/Associate Director of Annual Giving Communications

Posted on 10/22/2021

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

About College of the Holy Cross:

Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,100 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College’s commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

The Assistant/Associate Director, Annual Giving Communications, will join one of the most successful annual fund teams in the nation. The Assistant/Associate Director will manage Annual Giving marketing projects in partnership with internal and external department members, in order to deliver targeted, personalized communications that help meet Annual Giving revenue goals and further advance the College’s high rate of alumni participation in annual giving. This position reports to the Director of Annual Giving Strategic Marketing and Analytics. The Office of Advancement is embracing a hybrid approach to the workplace and leadership will support the successful candidate in blending on-site time with flexibility to work off-site.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Serve as project coordinator for all Annual Giving solicitations, stewardship programs and communications.
  • Generate mailing lists and reports for annual giving communications.
  • Serve as main liaison with external direct mail vendors.
  • Partner with Marketing colleagues on social media and email efforts that support direct appeals.
  • Help develop the strategy and program plan for student outreach programs, partnering with colleagues on their execution.
  • Manage operational elements associated with Annual Giving activities, including the maintenance of all appeal codes and the communications calendar.
  • Oversee other projects, as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful candidates may be a current non-profit or for-profit professional with transferable skills; experience in non-profits or higher education is a plus, but is not required.
  • Two to four years of experience in marketing and communications, with demonstrated success.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage priorities.
  • Proficiency at project management.
  • Experience and comfort using data to inform actions.
  • Experience and comfort using project management technologies and systems is a plus.
  • Experience using Excel and Word (mail merges, report generation).
  • A Bachelor’s Degree is required.

Core Competencies:

  • Dependability, flexibility
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and accuracy
  • Proficient at project management
  • Innovative problem solver, with strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Positive attitude, driven and an energetic team player
  • Service and team orientation
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to establish collaborative working relationships at all levels
  • Good judgement and discretion, with ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Takes initiative and values curiosity
  • Goal oriented
  • Understands, values and respects diversity as an individual, in a team and within groups, while fostering an inclusive and supportive environment

To prevent the infection and spread of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, College of the Holy Cross requires that all successful applicants show proof of full vaccination by an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted. Applicants believing they need an accommodation of this policy because of a disability, sincerely-held religious belief, or otherwise should inform Human Resources after an offer of employment is extended; please do not include any medical, genetic, or religious information on your application materials.

Additional Information:

  • This is a full-time, exempt position
  • The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace.
  • A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).
  • To review our Employee Benefit Options, please go to:

Application Instructions:

Please attach a cover letter addressing the position requirements along with your resume.

In your cover letter please address how your work supports the College’s mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more information, please visit

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