Chatham University
  • Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Full Time

Chatham University

Director of Annual Giving

Chatham University seeks a Director of Annual Giving. The Director of Annual Giving is a key leader within University Advancement and is responsible for 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 aspects of 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.

This position will have the opportunity to work a hybrid schedule with both remote and in-person work on a weekly basis. Specific schedules are based on job functions and project workload and are determined with supervisors.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 4-6 years of progressively responsible experience in annual fundraising, preferably in higher education.
  • Demonstrated success meeting annual dollar and acquisition goals.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully managing multiple projects and priorities simultaneously.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of colleagues, students, and constituents.
  • Demonstrated ability to affect program expansion and growth.
  • Deep understanding and knowledge of fundraising best practices and annual giving marketing expertise.
  • Experience managing and motivating teams of staff, students, or volunteers.
  • Experience tracking, analyzing, and reporting fundraising results and using that data to inform strategy and decision-making.
  • Commitment to exercising sound judgement and discretion when working with confidential information.
  • Ability to work productively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent customer service skills and experience building and maintaining effective relationships.
  • Experience using a donor database or Customer Relationship Management (CSR) system to run financial reports and create donor lists.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Achieve annual goals for unrestricted giving and alumni participation in annual giving programs every year.
  • Develop and execute all aspects of the University's annual fundraising program, Annual Giving operating plan, calendar, segmentation strategy, and budget.
  • Manage the University's annual fundraising programs including, direct mail, email, crowdfunding, reunion giving, leadership annual giving, and student philanthropy.
  • Work with the AVP of Development to set annual goals and to regularly monitor revenue and cash flow projections. Regularly evaluate the effectiveness of annual fundraising efforts and ensure that deadlines and benchmarks are met.
  • Utilize data to set benchmarks for monitoring progress and develop strategies to maximize opportunities.
  • Supervise the Assistant Director of Annual Giving Communications, as well as a group of students.
  • Assume primary responsibility for the growth of the University's leadership giving society, The 1869 Society.
  • Manage a portfolio of annual giving prospects for personal cultivation and solicitation.
  • Must be able to work some evenings and weekend.

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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