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Director of Annual Giving-SIU Foundation
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Description of Position:

The Southern Illinois University Foundation invites applications for the Director of Annual Giving.  The position is charged with planning, executing, evaluating, and optimizing an annual giving program to engage and solicit charitable support from SIU alumni and friends. Collaboratively identify and prioritize areas of need to be met through these activities. The successful candidate will be a member of the development staff and report to the CEO of the SIU Foundation.  The salary for this position is commensurate with experience with both internal equity and external competitiveness. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaboratively identify and prioritize areas of need to be met through these activities.
  • Oversee Foundation mail, email, telefund, text, and alternate-channel fundraising efforts.
  • Participate in the solicitation and stewardship of leadership annual gifts.
  • Oversee the development and launch of senior class- and parent-targeted giving programs.
  • Monitor and coordinate decentralized (school- and center-based) annual fundraising efforts.
  • Effectively leverage development, advancement services, communications, and accounting staff to optimize deliverables and outcomes.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert, coach, and internal resource for fundraising strategy and planning.
  • Ensure the alignment of annual fundraising efforts with Foundation and University goals and objectives.
  • Supervise and collaborate with the director of constituent relations to achieve program goals.
  • Coordinate and execute multi-channel and face-to-face annual giving solicitations. 
  • Hire, train, and supervise 50-60 student employees in conjunction with the director of constituent relations.
  • Identify and prioritize needs that may be satisfied with annual gift assistance.
  • Adapt to technological changes and their impact on operations. 
  • Identify creative ways to reach out and solicit alumni and friends.
  • Increase alumni donor participation and overall annual fund-level giving to SIU in an increasingly competitive market for private resources.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the SIU Foundation CEO to maximize the overall efficacy of advancement efforts.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required. 
  • Minimum 5 years of hands-on annual fundraising experience with success in direct mail, email, social media and other interactive platforms for soliciting annual donations. 
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail, with ability to prioritize, manage, and complete multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to develop and implement strategies to meet measurable goals and objectives. 
  • Proven ability to succeed in a collaborative, team-orientated environment and develop effective working relationships with colleagues, volunteers and others. 
  • Solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office or comparable software suites. 
  • Experience in Raiser's Edge NXT and/or similar fundraising CRM databases. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree and/or capital or comprehensive campaign experience is preferred.

Application Deadline: Applications must be completed through by November 29, 2021, or until filled.

Application Procedure: Visit "Administrative/Professional Job Postings" to create an account and apply.

Required Documents: Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Contact: Carol Greenlee at or 618/453-7187

Security sensitive (subject to pre-employment criminal background investigation)

SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.