Assistant Director of Annual Giving

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Lewiston, MAINE
Job Type: FullTime

Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.

Founded by abolitionists in 1855, Bates has been coeducational and has welcomed students regardless of race and ethnicity since its founding. The college’s commitment to academic excellence, intellectual exploration, inclusivity, and engaged citizenship defines its character.

Bates offers a rigorous and highly personalized education that centers on deep and sustained interactions among students, faculty, and community. Bates engages the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.

Bates has about 2,000 students from a wide variety of backgrounds. The student body represents 44 states and 53 countries; approximately 23 percent are domestic students of color, 7 percent of students are international, and 13 percent of all students are first generation to college.

The College has 210 faculty members and 750 staff and administrative employees. As one of the top employers in the state, Bates recruits its faculty and staff nationally, regionally, and locally. They consist of diverse individuals with a broad range of intellectual, professional, and personal experience.

Bates is proud of its deep roots in the Lewiston/Auburn community, an urban center with a demographically diverse population of approximately 65,000 people. With a rich industrial past, Lewiston/ Auburn has seen great transition in the last 30 years and offers opportunities for cultural enrichment and meaningful community-engaged learning and leadership. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, a small city enjoying an exciting economic and cultural revitalization. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 340 miles north of New York City.

The Position

Reporting to the Director of Annual Giving, the Assistant Director of Annual Giving manages and oversees two to five alumni classes and the senior gift program by managing effective volunteer committees and soliciting prospects in person. Meets or exceeds annual dollar and participation goals.

Key accountabilities include:

  • Manages the volunteer-driven fundraising campaigns for 2-5 alumni classes. Recruit lead volunteers and develop inspiring but achievable goals for each class with the purpose of increasing giving and participation to the college, primarily to the Bates Fund.
  • Oversees the Student Calling Program, Senior Class Gift campaign, class dinners, and numerous other programs/ communications that educate students about the critical nature of alumni involvement and giving.
  • Develops and executes a year-long program that increases Senior Class Gift participation and revenue. Recruits, motivates and supports Senior Gift Committee volunteers to achieve goals while providing education on the importance of Bates Fund giving and alumni leadership. Organizes several Senior Gift cultivation and fundraising events.
  • Coordinate and lead 2-3 conference calls per class per year, provides updates and reports on a monthly basis, reviews agent/committee activity and success on a monthly basis, stewards and thanks all fundraising volunteers. 
  • Spend 1-3 days per month traveling to visit with volunteers and donors both at events and through individual and joint meetings.
  • Work with colleagues in Leadership Gifts, Planned Giving, and Donor Programs to develop new and successful ways of cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors.
  • Organizes a variety of class-affinity events for the undergraduate first-year, sophomore, and junior classes, including class dinners, thank-a-thons, “History of Bates,” the Grad Fair, student-focused events at Back to Bates, and more.
  • Manage the Bates Fund student interns. Partner with the student employment office to hire interns on a semester and yearly basis. Collaborate with colleagues in Annual Giving to establish projects for the interns and oversee their work with regular check-ins.
  • Develop a good knowledge of Bates College history, the academic and extracurricular programs, and its faculty, students, and administration. Maintain a thorough understanding of the College's current priorities and initiatives.
  • Participate in departmental and professional training programs to increase expertise in the profession when appropriate.

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