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Appointment Type: Admin Full-time
Department: Annual Giving
Categories: Administration
Position Grade: E1

The office of annual giving is seeking an energetic and highly motivated individual with experience in building and maintaining high-impact donor relationships. The Associate Director of Annual Giving is primarily responsible for developing and executing a strategy to expand the Terrace Council, Union’s leadership giving society. The Associate Director of Annual Giving will manage a portfolio of individuals who have the capacity to make gifts of $2,000 and above. The Associate Director will be responsible for the qualification, cultivation and solicitation of leadership gifts from alumni, parents and friends.


  • Bachelor’s degree. 
  • 3-5 years higher education fundraising, alumni relations, and/or equivalent experience in related fields. 
  • Demonstrated success in conducting personal solicitations ($2,000+). 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills necessary.  
  • Must be able to work with a diverse group of individuals. 
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. 
  • Commitment to a liberal arts education and capable of articulating a persuasive, enthusiastic case for support.
  • Some travel, weekend and evening work are required.


  • Manage a portfolio of leadership donors to secure annual Terrace Council membership and increase overall leadership giving.
  • Identify, qualify and solicit current and potential leadership donors to maintain a donor pipeline for major gifts.
  • Communicate with major gift officers to encourage leadership level gifts to the Union Fund within their portfolios.
  • Craft specific TC messages to secure gifts that are unrestricted or for top College priorities.
  • Develop TC events and activities that brand the giving society and encourage membership. 
  • Steward TC members in order to retain donors from year to year.
  • Work closely with the TC co-chairs to organize peer-to-peer solicitations and promote TC membership to fellow alumni.
  • In conjunction with the Assistant Director-Young Alumni, develop and implement strategies to increase and retain GOLD (graduate of the last decade) TC donors. 
  • Participate in the development and execution of a strategic plan for the Annual Giving office.

We offer exceptional benefits including, but not limited to the following:

  • Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Time
  • Winter Recess Break in Addition to Paid Holidays
  • Healthcare, Dental, and Vision Insurance (Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts)
  • Free On-Campus Fitness Facility Access and Discounts for On-Campus Wellness Programs
  • Employee Scholarships toward Certifications, Seminars, Training and Professional Development
  • Pre and Post Tax participation in a 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Salary Continuation Program in the event of Disability
  • Tuition Assistance Program for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents

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.

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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