Director, Annual Giving

Posted on 08/16/2021

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

Profile of the University 

Founded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution comprised of approximately 31,000 students and more than 3,900 faculty and staff. To date, UNLV has conferred more than 136,000 degrees, producing more than 120,000 alumni around the world. UNLV   is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an R1 research university with very high research activity. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region’s diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine.  UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada.

Commitment to Diversity

The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.

About the UNLV Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement

The Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement (PAE) fosters relationships with alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations and encourages private financial support for the students, faculty, research, and innovative programs that distinguish UNLV as an exceptional university. PAE currently employs nearly 100 team members. We seek to hire talented professionals who will share the university’s vision for excellence in academics and research, as well as a commitment to the relationships built between UNLV and its alumni and friends. UNLV is a vibrant campus, a supportive workplace, and has tools to help you achieve professional and personal growth. We offer a variety of career opportunities and generous compensation packages

Role of the Position 

  • As the University of Nevada, Las Vegas prepares to enter its next comprehensive campaign, the Director of Annual Giving, a leader in UNLV’s engagement and fundraising team, will play a critical role across an integrated program and is responsible for much of the multi-channel solicitations of a global constituency of 130,000+ alumni, and thousands of parents and friends
  • The Director of Annual Giving proactively administers the long and short-term strategies for annual giving at the leadership level for the Foundation, defined as annual gifts in the amount of less than $25,000 to include the acquisition, renewal, upgrading and stewarding of these gifts based on donor interest and passion to the University.
  • He/she will provide office management, oversight of synergy program, and multi-channel annual giving efforts. The Director of Annual Giving will work in tandem with centralized communications unit on all annual giving communications components, and collateral. The Director will also recommend, develop and oversee specialty programs and events, such as 1957 Society Stewardship Luncheon, Holiday Mixer, etc. carry a portfolio of leadership annual giving prospects and is responsible for individual and team fundraising for the university, and serve as the lead strategist for and is a subject matter expert on annual giving. The Director builds strong relationships with Directors of Development, alumni engagement and other staff within the Division of Philanthropy of Alumni Engagement and across campus to develop, assess, message and document meaningful annual giving donor opportunities that will strengthen the major gift donor pipeline. He/she serves as a direct liaison with the vendor of the Division’s Phone Engagement Center (Rebel Ringers) program.
  • The Director sets metrics and benchmarks; researches and develops best practices and tools; conducts quarterly portfolio reviews for LAG officers; and manages program needs including data, tracking, and performance. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Development and Principal Gifts, the Director supervises a team of full-time fundraising professionals.
  • The Director of Annual Giving is responsible for the development and management of strategic program plans and budgets for the unrestricted and restricted Annual Giving program, Faculty/Staff campaigns, and donor giving societies – which currently include 1957 Society (leadership annual giving), Scarlet Streak (consecutive giving), Scarlet Loyal (UNLV alumni recognition).  Additionally, the Director will be responsible for developing a complete digital philanthropy program.
  • It is expected that the Director attends campus events, stewardship events and occasionally attends community events as a representative of UNLV.


This position requires a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum of five years of experience in Annual Giving. Experience in higher education preferred. The position requires a minimum of three years of supervisory experience.  Credentials must be obtained prior to the start of employment.

Salary Range

Salary competitive with those at similarly situated institutions. Position is contingent upon funding.

Application Details 

Submit a letter of interest, detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.

Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates’ materials will begin on September 3, 2021 and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date. Materials should be addressed to Cory Nelson, Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted online as we do not accept emailed materials.

EEO/AA Statement 

UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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