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Appointment Type: Staff Full-time
Department: Annual Giving
Categories: Staff

Work Days: Monday-Friday. Occasional nights and weekends based on business need.
Shift Start/End Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Hours Per Week: 40
Weeks Per Year: 52

Assistant Director, Student & Young Alumni Giving

Pay Status and Classification: Non-exempt, Regular full-time.

Supervisor: Director of Annual Giving

Position Purpose: Plays a pivotal role in strategically developing and implementing programs aimed at fostering a culture of philanthropy among students and young alumni. Oversees the GOLD program, manages student philanthropy initiatives, and builds a robust Phonathon program, contributing to the College's ongoing efforts to increase engagement and financial support from these vital constituencies.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

  1. Young Alumni Philanthropy and Engagement: Leads and champions the GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) program to foster a strong volunteer-driven fundraising and engagement strategy among young alumni. Collaborates with the GOLD Committee to develop and execute initiatives that enhance young alumni involvement and giving. Cultivates and manages a portfolio of young alumni volunteers and GOLD leadership giving prospects, strategically nurturing relationships to identify potential major gift donors. Collaborates with Alumni & Parent Engagement colleagues to plan and execute young alumni events that strengthen connections between young graduates and the college.
  2. Student Philanthropy: Develops and implements a comprehensive student philanthropy program designed to educate and inspire a culture of giving among students from all class years. Creates engaging and informative activities to raise awareness about the impact of philanthropy on campus, emphasizing the significance of student contributions. Establishes and oversees an annual Senior Class Gift Campaign that encourages graduating students to contribute to the college before they transition into alumni status. Implements strategies for cultivating first-time student donors to encourage long-term giving and involvement with the college.
  3. Phonathon: Builds and manages a dynamic Phonathon program that strategically aligns with the overall Annual Giving solicitation plan. Recruits, trains, and supervises student workers for the Phonathon, providing necessary support, motivation, and mentorship. Fosters a positive and inclusive working environment that motivates student callers to excel in their fundraising efforts. Regularly analyzes Phonathon performance data and prepares statistical reports to present to the Director of Annual Giving, using insights to refine strategies and achieve fundraising goals.
  4. General College Relations: Participates in the development and execution of an annual strategic plan for the Office of Annual Giving. Staff College Relations events as needed. Contributes to other campus initiatives and key college priorities if and when opportunities arise. 


  1. Bachelor's degree and two or more years of experience in annual giving, development, alumni relations, or related fields, or a combination of relevant education, training, certifications, and/or work experience. Advanced degree preferred.
  2. Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing successful fundraising strategies for students and young alumni.
  3. Strong understanding of philanthropy trends and best practices in higher education fundraising.
  4. Excellent interpersonal, communication, and relationship-building skills.
  5. Ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders, including students, young alumni, colleagues, and volunteers.
  6. The ability to foster and enhance a thriving, culturally diverse, and inclusive learning community, while promoting a sense of belonging among students, alumni, faculty, and staff colleagues.
  7. Experience in managing and motivating student workers or volunteers.
  8. Proficiency in data analysis and utilizing metrics to inform decision-making.
  9. Familiarity with fundraising software and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems.
  10. Passion for higher education and the mission of the College.
  11. Ability to exercise exceptional judgment, ensure strict confidentiality, and demonstrate outstanding professionalism in a range of situations.

The rate for this position is $24.00 - $28.00 per hour. Except for roles with a set rate of pay, the wage/salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The stated hiring rate/range represents the College’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the rate/range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

We know some job seekers may not apply for career opportunities unless they meet every qualification in the position description including the preferred qualifications. We are most interested in hiring the best staff and faculty colleagues, and recognize that a successful candidate may come from a less traditional career path. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our preferred qualifications. 

We offer exceptional benefits including:

  • 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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