Annual Giving Manager

Posted on 06/02/2021

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

Job Description

The Annual Giving Manager is a critical position on the Annual Giving team. The Manager will be responsible for developing, launching, and leading a comprehensive student to recent alumni philanthropy program – a new program within Annual Giving at NAU. Engaging students and young alumni in philanthropy – whether through making a gift, volunteering their time, or serving as ambassadors for current giving events – is key to creating a viable and sustainable program and donor pipeline. This program will build on the current student philanthropy efforts and take the program to the next level.

This position will also support day-to-day program and project needs in Annual Giving and serve as a full, collaborative member of the Annual Giving team.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Lead Student and Recent Alumni Philanthropy Program:

  • Develop and implement an annual multi-channel communication, education, solicitation, stewardship and activity plan to increase student philanthropy.
  • Create a student journey that encompasses all classes from freshmen to graduate students, including special programming for graduating seniors.
  • Identify and work closely with campus partners (such as Student Life, Unions and Student Activities, ASNAU student government, NAU Social, etc.) to secure by-in and establish collaborative working relationships.
  • Working with Asst Director of Annual Giving Communications, create a post-graduation solicitation and stewardship path for students/recent alumni.
  • Serve as the staff advisor and mentor for the Student Philanthropy Council, a student club affiliated with the NAU Foundation that works to build a culture of philanthropy on campus.
  • Working with the Asst Director of Digital Fundraising, create plan to recruit student participation in and promotion of NAU Giving Day and Jacksfunder, NAU’s official crowdfunding platform.
  • Ensure student/young alumni revenue and donor goals are achieved.
  • Manage budget for student philanthropy program and Student Philanthropy Council

Support Annual Giving Program and Projects:

  • In coordination with internal and external partners, provide project management related support for Annual Giving communications, Giving Day, and crowdfunding as needed
  • Supports data management and data requests for annual giving appeals, communications, and special projects.
  • Support reporting needs for unit, including ROI and other data analysis.
  • Support annual budgeting process and monthly/ongoing budget reconciliation.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field,
  • 1-2 years of project management experience; AND
  • 2-4 years of relevant experience in fundraising, marketing or communications; OR
  • Any equivalent combination of experience, training, and/or education

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience in higher education fundraising, preferably annual giving.
  • Experience working with students, preferably in a higher education environment.
  • Knowledge of fundraising data reporting and databases (Advance).

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities: 

  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent relationship management skills.
  • Excellent organizational and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple projects at a time.
  • Ability to work well with people from different backgrounds.
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically.
  • Knowledge of basic principles of budgeting and financial management


The budgeted salary amount is $62,996 – $78,745.

  • The starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

FLSA Status: 

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Learning and Development: 

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development.  New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days. If your position includes the supervision of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years.

Application Deadline: 

June 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Equal Employment Opportunity: 

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.  Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  NAU is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples. NAU is an Employer of National Service.  AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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