Director of Annual Giving

Position Information

Position Information

Position Title Director of Annual Giving
Working Title Director of Annual Giving
Department 900000-Foundation
Pay Rate Commensurate with Experience
FTE 1.0
FLSA Exempt
Position Number 997923
Classification CJS15
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Candidates must submit a cover letter that outlines the applicant’s interest, qualifications, and experience for the position, resume, and 3 professional references. UCM application for employment required. Incomplete applications WILL NOT be considered. A background check is required for the selected candidate of this position and any job offer is contingent on the results of this check. Review of completed applications will begin December 4, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Working hours:

Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Professional Hours
Some nights and weekends

Bargaining Unit No
Work Location Warrensburg Campus
Posting Date 11/17/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Position Purpose

The Director of Annual Giving strategically plans and implements effective charitable giving solicitations in support of the UCM Annual Fund targeted to alumni, community friends and businesses, UCM suppliers and contractors, parents of current students and alumni, and faculty and staff.

The Annual Giving program is part of the UCM Office of University Advancement and Alumni Foundation, which builds relationships with individuals and organizations, secures and distributes philanthropic support, and promotes volunteerism to help advance UCM.

The Director of Annual Giving:
Personally cultivates and solicits leadership annual gifts.
Promotes UCM donor societies and recognition in the Alumni Foundation Annual Report Honor Roll of Donors.
Recruits, trains, and utilizes volunteers to help cultivate and solicit individuals and businesses for annual gift support.
Plans and conducts telephone campaigns to ask for pledges from alumni and other friends of the University.
Plans, writes, and sends personalized letters, direct-mail appeals, and e-solicitations to target groups of alumni and other friends of UCM.
Creatively utilizes social media and other e-communications to promote giving in support of UCM.
Promotes online giving, and develops inspiring and informative content about the importance of giving on the Alumni Foundation website.
Maximizes local support of the UCM Annual Fund via community fund drive personal gift solicitations. Promotes the Annual Fund via local radio PSAs and other media strategies.
Solicits unrestricted gifts to be used where the needs are greatest at UCM. In addition, enables donors to designate their gifts for their favorite University program, scholarship, etc.
Updates the alumni and donor computer records system with contact reports, gift solicitations/proposals, new contact and career information, etc.

UCM CORE ATTRIBUTES – Our core behaviors all employees are expected to model. During the annual review process, all employees will be rated on how well they model these behaviors.

Engaging: Immersive learning experience through purposeful involvement of employees and students.
Cumulative: Aggregating multiple points of learning to broaden and deepen education.
Passionate: Encouraging employees and students to find his or her sense of purpose.
Confident: Embracing change and the new opportunities and challenges of tomorrow.
Enterprising: Creating new ways for all students and employees to engage in their education and jobs.
Caring: Acting on the needs and welfare of our people and the community.

Education & Formal Training Bachelor's degree (Specify field(s) of study below)
Other Education & Formal Training

Any field.

Computer Skills Word-Processing, Spreadsheet

Required: Five (5) or more years of work experience in full-time position(s) and a demonstrated track record of success.
Preferred: Three (3) or more years of successful experience in development/fundraising, sales, public relations, communications, etc.
We are seeking individuals to join the UCM University Advancement team who can demonstrate successful experience and attributes including:
 Ability to solicit and close gifts and pledges
 Ability to effectively present a compelling case for support and persuade individuals to make charitable contributions in support of the university
 Friendly personality
 Professional presence and appearance
 Excellent conversation skills
 Enjoys travel
 Enjoys calling and meeting new people
 Trustworthy and reliable
 Excellent verbal and writing skills
 Well organized and attentive to detail
 Timely in following up with donors and prospects
 Works well with others and is a team player

Other Experience
Licenses, Certificates, Registrations, & State/Federal Requirements of Position: Criminal History check, Driver's license
Other Licenses, Certificates, Registrations, & State/Federal Requirements

Must meet bonding requirements.

Special Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge: Attention to detail, Budget-related skills, Communication skills, including oral, written, and/or nonverbal, Knowledge of a University environment preferred, Human Relations/Interpersonal skills, Leadership skills: organization/meeting facilitation/project leadership, Supervisory skills, including motivation, delegation of duties, evaluation, etc, Management and/or administration skills, Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and meet deadlines, Maintain confidentiality
Other Special Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge

Listed below are the core leadership skills and traits at UCM. For all UCM leaders, a portion of their annual review focuses on the development and modeling of these competencies.

Builds Trust

Leads Change

Communicates Effectively

Builds High Performance Teams

Customer/Student Focused

Achieves Results

Mental skills, including concentration, memory, complex decision making, analytical thinking, and/or conceptual thinking.
Strong Organizational Skills
Ability to work independently.
Demonstrated high level customer/client service and response.
Forward looking thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions.
Ability to professional, tactful and diplomatic.
Ability to learn, explain and maintain current knowledge of Foundation fundraising policies.

Specify sensory abilities:
Physical & Environmental Factors:
Other Physical & Environmental Factors
Lifting weight
Special Working Conditions: Travel required, Irregular work hours, Professional appearance, Work in stressful conditions
Other Special Working Conditions

Requires some nights and weekends.

Ability to Keyboard No keyboarding test required.
Special Qualifications:
Other Special Qualifications

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you understand that the university requires a background check for this position and that any job offer made to the selected candidate is contingent upon the results of this check?
    • Yes
    • No

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents