The Manager of Annual and Special Events will plan, manage and implement activities of the Resource Development Office and College of DuPage Foundation to expand and engage annual donors, alumni, and affinity groups. This position is responsible for the planning, development and oversight of programs and projects that strategically engage donors, alumni and affinity groups and provide benefits to the College and Foundation. This director-level position reports to the Executive Director/Vice President of Resource Development and Foundation Board leadership and coordinates and works closely with his/her team.
DUTIES OF POSITION:
*(DENOTES ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS)
*1. Create strategic plans and annual plans for annual fund and alumni initiatives.
*2. Implement, direct and execute those plans.
*3. Develop, direct and manage the annual giving program solicitations for the Foundation’s annual fund.
*4. Develop strategies for giving and participation campaigns, including mail, phone and personal solicitations.
*5. Identify, qualify, cultivate and personally solicit a portfolio of 50 targeted annual fund donors and prospects between $1,000 and $25,000 with a focus on repeatable and upgradeable gifts.
*6. Provide oversight for the production and mailing of Annual Fund direct mail appeals; coordinate with printers, mail house, and other suppliers as needed.
*7. Create strategy for development and implementation of a college-wide internal employee giving campaign, including coordinating and holding events and meetings.
*8. Manage and direct consultants and other members of the Resource Development Office team in all annual fund and alumni activities.
*9. Solicit Sponsorship for events
*1. Initiate development of Alumni Program through benchmarking best practices for community college alumni programs. Identify best practices for community college alumni programs via professional organizations, top performing community colleges and translate and incorporate those as relevant to the College of DuPage.
*2. Develop, build and lead the College of DuPage Alumni Program.
*3. Coordinate, implement, promote and facilitate the College of DuPage Alumni Program.
*4. Establish and build relationships with a wide range of alumni, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
*5. Work college-wide with a variety of alumni and affinity groups.
*6. Develop and oversee implementation and execution of a strategic communications plan for alumni and affinity groups.
*7. Maintain regular communication with alumni and other affinity groups via direct contact, electronic communications, events, alumni web pages and print publications.
*8. Develop a communications strategy for reaching alumni, including coordinating and facilitating electronic and social media outreach.
*9. Create an alumni hall of fame/leadership academy.
*10.Oversee and balance the budget for the College’s Alumni Relations efforts.
11. Collaborate closely with development colleagues in increasing support from alumni. *12. Routinely identify and qualify alumni prospects for gifts.
*13. Develop and implement an annual alumni appeal.
*14. Develop proposals and manage submittal and reporting processes as required.
15. Foundation committee work as assigned.
16. Perform other duties as assigned.
Received by Employee:
Executive Director, COD Foundation/Vice President of Development
Exercised by Employee:
Coordinator, Alumni and Special Events
Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Communications, Marketing or related field required.
Master’s Degree in Business, Communications, Marketing or related field required.
Seven (7) or more years of progressively successful development experience, preferably in a college or university setting. Demonstrated fundraising ability and success. Familiarity with orchestration and implementation of alumni programs and infrastructure for alumni groups. Possession of strong organizational and communication skills are essential. Positive, outgoing personality.
EQUIPMENT AND/OR MACHINES USED:
Standard office equipment and software. Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint) and Raiser’s Edge are essential. Knowledge of databases and electronic screenings is vital.
Open office environment, but much time to be spent in face-to-face contact with donors, involving substantial local travel. Must have car and valid driver’s license.