Assistant Director, Annual Giving – President’s Associates

Posted on 09/10/2018

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

Job Description

The Assistant Director, Annual Giving is responsible for supporting the strategy and execution of the NAU annual giving program, with a special focus on leadership giving (annual gifts of $1,000 to $24,999). The successful candidate will be an experienced fundraising, marketing, and communications professional. The Assistant Director will be responsible for drafting timely and relevant correspondence (including direct marketing and stewardship pieces) in conjunction with the broader Annual Giving and Development and Alumni Engagement communications strategy. Cumulatively these endeavors will directly align with the University’s overall fundraising and communication initiatives, including effective collaboration and partnership with colleagues, peers, and leadership across the university.

The Assistant Director will also be responsible for helping to build the President’s Society program, which encompasses donors who give at the $1,000 or more on an annual basis, with emphasis on supporting the development of the President’s Society communication and stewardship plans.

The strength of the Annual Giving program is integral to creating a strong and sustainable culture of giving at NAU by engaging constituents in support of multiple areas across the university. The Assistant Director will focus 70% of their efforts helping to execute an integrated and multifaceted Annual Giving program across direct mail, email, phone, giving day, crowdfunding, and social media. The Assistant Director will develop, draft and implement annual giving communications, while tracking and analyzing the effectiveness of these communication efforts. This position will also work to identify creative strategies to increase participation, retention, revenue, and stewardship. The remaining 30% of the Assistant Director’s time will be spent on supporting the President’s Society program, assisting with unique campaigns, strategic communications and solicitations directed at increasing participation in leadership giving and stewardship of President’s Society members. With the Director of President’s Society and the NAU Events team, this position will also support and help facilitate President’s Society events throughout the year. This will include recognition events as well as private receptions and stewardship opportunities. In addition, the Assistant Director will develop and lead an NAU employee giving program to help engage and encourage the generous philanthropic efforts of our faculty, staff and retirees.

The Assistant Director will report to the Director of Annual Giving.

Key Responsibilities:

Provide support for all Annual Giving communications, including writing, editing, and project management related to direct mail, email, stewardship, and impact reports.
Monitor and track all appeal and stewardship communications results and routinely provide summary and detail reports and analysis by and across channels
Support President’s Society leadership giving by developing communication and stewardship materials that align with the Annual Giving and President’s Society strategic goals, support and facilitate events for President’s Society members, and assist with the advancement of the development pipeline
Serve as a highly visible, effective, and efficient representative of Northern Arizona University Development and Alumni Engagement across multiple campuses and regional constituencies including alumni, friends, parents, volunteers and donors.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
  • Strong written communication skills and understanding of developing and implementing strategic, donor-centric communication plans
  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in fundraising, marketing/sales, or communication/public relations

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in higher education fundraising
  • Demonstrated experience with annual giving, affinity fundraising programs, direct response/direct marketing techniques, events, social media, and data interpretation and analysis
  • Significant experience with analyzing data and making data-driven decisions
  • Established track record of success in supporting and facilitating events of various types

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Experience in a higher education or non-profit setting preferred; direct experience with fundraising and events
  • Superior interpersonal skills with proven ability to successfully interact and collaborate with varied constituencies in a professional manner, exhibiting excellent written and oral communication skills, and demonstrating tact, poise and diplomacy while working with a wide variety of personalities
  • Experience and credibility when presenting materials to both internal and external constituents
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence, honesty, transparency, and high levels of collaboration
  • Must be a detail-oriented, self-starter with a demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple projects and priorities to meet aggressive timelines and challenging deadlines
  • Deep commitment to higher education and with the knowledge and ability to champion Northern Arizona University and its mission
  • Working knowledge of electronic mail and calendars, the Windows environment, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other software such as donor databases, etc.
  • Must be able and willing to work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, taking initiative and actively seeking to deepen current donor relationships and forge new ones.
  • Experience working with sensitive information and ability to maintain strict confidentiality

Background Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees’ right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year the Northern Arizona University Police Department releases an annual security report. The report is a result of the federal law known as the Clery Act and contains policy statements that address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security including policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses. The report contains three years of data for Clery reportable crime statistics for the campus along with the most current year’s Fire Safety Report, which includes policy statements and fire statistics for Flagstaff on-campus student housing.

The report may be viewed at or by visiting the NAUPD website at: A printed copy of the report is available upon request by contacting the NAU Police Department, Records Department at (928)523-8884 or by visiting the department at Building 98A on the NAU Mountain Campus.


The budgeted salary amount is $65,000 to $79,386.

Commensurate with experience.

**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.

Application Deadline

October 8, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the “Apply” button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the “Submit” button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on line at or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus – on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD – 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

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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