Columbia University — Assistant Director, Class Giving

Position Summary
Reporting to the Director, Class Giving, in the Office of Alumni Relations and Development, the Assistant Director is an integral part of a dynamic fundraising team at Columbia College. The Assistant Director serves as a frontline fundraiser, soliciting gifts from alumni and friends for the Columbia College Fund.

The Assistant Director coordinates the fundraising efforts for 15+ classes. He/she will manage a portfolio of existing and potential donors belonging to these class years with a focus on overall dollars raised by increasing retention, reactivation and acquisition of prospects. He/she will conduct a minimum of 110 prospect visits annually.

The Assistant Director will manage two to three reunion classes. He/she is responsible for identifying gift chairs, recruiting and training fundraising volunteers, and working with the volunteers to develop and execute a reunion fundraising strategy with clearly defined goals. He/she will actively engage in gift conversations with reunion-year alumni throughout the year and promote the various leadership giving opportunities at the College to maximize giving from these reunion classes.

The Assistant Director will work with College Fund leadership and collaborate with internal partners to support shared goals, campaign initiatives and execute ad hoc special projects and events. He/she will draft communications, fundraising appeals, and direct mail pieces as well as coordinate events for each special initiative.

The Assistant Director will take on other duties as assigned, within the larger structure of Columbia College Development and Alumni Relations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent required.
  • A minimum of two to four years of related experience required.
  • Strong writing, communication, interpersonal and organization skills required and working knowledge of personal computers necessary.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team essential.

*Position will require many evening and weekend assignments and possible travel.*

**Applications submitted without a resume and cover letter will not be considered**

Preferred Qualifications
Fundraising experience in a higher education setting desired.

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