Director of Annual Giving

Whittier College
Posted: June 14, 2017
Location: California, United States
Position: Fundraising
Field: Education
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Category: Alumni affairs, Annual fund, Direct marketing
Employment Level: Full-time

Director of Annual Giving is responsible for devising and executing effective solicitation strategies to maximize comprehensive private gift support from individual donors for the College. The Director is responsible for setting and meeting established fundraising targets and contributing to the overall growth of private philanthropy to Whittier College. In particular, the Director will provide leadership to the Whittier Fund by formulating and implementing effective goals, strategies, and activities to secure new and increased unrestricted gifts from a variety of constituencies, utilizing a variety of solicitation methods with an aim toward building alumni participation rates. The incumbent will be responsible for the planning and implementation of cultivation and stewardship events for the Wardman Circle and the Proud Poet Parents, two of the College’s donor recognition societies giving societies. The Director will attend College-related events, as appropriate.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 40 hours per week
Exempt Status: Exempt
Full Time/Part Time status: Full time
Salary Range: Salary will commensurate with experience, skills, and knowledge.

Reports To: Sr. Director of Development & Alumni Programs
Location/Department: Whittier College (Main Campus)/Advancement


  1. Provide leadership in formulating effective goals, objectives, strategies, activities, and benchmarks for a comprehensive, campus-wide program to secure budget-relieving gifts for the College.
  2. Design and implement a comprehensive marketing plan, including use of personal solicitation, online giving, direct mail, telemarking, and email marketing to encourage new and increase gifts from a variety of constituencies to the Whittier Fund.
  3. Responsible for generating reports and tracking results of Whittier Fund and alumni participation campaigns.
  4. Serve as liaison to campus-based special interest groups, such as the Ruth B. Shannon Center for Performing Arts and the Broadoaks School. Coordinate with these groups on all special interest fundraising initiatives.
  5. Effectively articulate the case for support so that individuals "buy in" to the vision/mission/goals of the College and consistently secure gifts at assigned donor giving levels.
  6. Supervise two Assistant Directors and an Alumni Programs and Giving Coordinator. Provide leadership and mentorship for development of Phonathon, Senior Class Gift, Direct Mail, Online Giving, and Reunion Giving programs, setting goals and holding staff accountable to performance standards.
  7. Administer all budgets assigned to Annual Giving.
  8. Work effectively with other coworkers to promote and maintain a positive work environment. 
  9. Related duties as assigned.

Non-Essential Functions of the Job:

  1. None identified at this time.

Position Specifications and Requirements:

Previous Experience:  The candidate will have a rich development background (minimum 3-5 years), preferably in higher education, with progressive and successful fundraising experience including annual fund and a proven track record of success.  Experience working collaboratively with volunteers and volunteer groups essential. Supervisory experience is a plus factor.

Knowledge and Education:  The candidate must possess exceptional organizational skills, strong written and oral communication skills, effective interpersonal skills, keen attention to detail, experience working with volunteers, and a creative and positive attitude toward the advancement of Whittier College. Requires ability to handle multiple assignments with minimum supervision while meeting strict deadlines.  Experience in cultivating and successfully soliciting prospects capable of making gifts of $1,000 or more. Broad knowledge of the principles of fundraising – able to participate in all aspects of the fundraising cycle. Should have demonstrated success with annual, unrestricted fundraising campaigns. Must be able to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate, and advance strategic fund development plans. Familiarity with emerging, digital tools and one-day giving campaigns are a plus factor. A bachelor’s degree is required. 

Application Deadline: Until Filled
The position is based in Whittier, California.  To be considered for this position, please submit your cover letter, resume and salary history to: or mail to Whittier College, Attn: Human Resources Manager, 13406 E Philadelphia Street Whittier, CA  90608. AA/AOE.

Whittier College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, religion creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, or sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal Law.