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Appointment Type: Admin Full-time
Department: Leadership/Major Gifts
Categories: Administration
Position Grade: E3

Reporting to the Senior Director of Major Gifts, the Director of Parent & Family Philanthropy for Union College provides oversight and management of the Parents Circle. He/she is responsible for strategy development, implementation and accountability of major gift fundraising efforts for the parents of current and former Union College students.
Essential Responsibilities:
  • Develop and implement successful operational plan and financial goal for Union College Parents program including goals specific to the Parents Circle.
  • Manage a portfolio of 90-150 parent prospects.
  • With the Senior Director of Major Gifts, oversee staffing assignments of rated parents to other prospect managers.
  • Identify parents from each year (freshman through senior) who will serve as parent leaders for their child’s class and assist with solicitations/strategy/remarks at events when appropriate.
  • Develop a strategy for our legacy parents, to honor their philanthropy both as alumni and parents.
  • Together with parent prospects, and prospect managers, continuously look for ways to offer meaningful benefits to the Parents Circle members, especially stewardship and at events including but not limited to: Terrace Council receptions, Homecoming and Family Weekend, Commencement.
  • Partner with Admissions to create a more frequent dialogue regarding applicants and accepted students who may be prospects.
  • Collaborate with student life, communications, and the senior director of annual giving and alumni & parent engagement to ensure a cohesive and coordinated approach to our parent community.
Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree, with three or more years’ experience in frontline fundraising, preferably in higher education. The candidate will have the ability to be proactive in all communications within the division, as well as external audiences. The candidate will be collaborative, and requires a great deal of autonomy, and creativity. Strong communications skills, both written and oral required.  Must be able to work with a diverse group of individuals.  The candidate must be willing to travel, as well as be able to work on nights and weekends when required.

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.

Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.

Union College offers an exceptional benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, life and disability coverage, a generous retirement plan and tuition remission.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

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