Associate Director of Major Gifts
Haverford Offers Great Benefits: The College offers a comprehensive benefits program that includes work-from-home opportunities, automatic 10% retirement contribution to your retirement account upon eligibility (no match required), a 50% tuition benefit for dependent children upon eligibility, 14 paid holidays (including the week before New Year’s Day off), Health Savings Account contribution of $650 for individuals and $1300 for families (no match required), affordable medical plans, and a beautiful arboretum campus with walking trail and easy public transportation access. Please visit the Benefits page (https://www.haverford.edu/human-resources/benefits) for more information.
The Associate Director, Major Gifts develops long-term philanthropic relationships with an assigned group of Haverford’s best-able-to-give alumni, parents, and friends while serving as a key member of the College’s fundraising team. Much of the Associate Director’s work may be completed remotely, but the position requires a hybrid work schedule and the Associate Director may be required to be on-campus for College events, prospective donor meetings, or other activities as necessary.
- Creating donor engagement opportunities, both in-person and virtual
- Occasionally leading strategic programmatic initiatives
- Attending regional and affinity events
- Executing fundraising plans for assigned regional territories, including overseas.
Essential Functions & Primary Responsibilities
- Maintain, categorize, administer, and actively manage a prospect pool of alumni, parents, and friends of Haverford College.
- Identify and prepare solicitation strategies, both in person and virtual, for identified prospects, most rated between $100,000 to $1,000,000. Solicit and secure major gifts, planned gifts, and Annual Giving commitments from these prospects.
- Hold in person, phone, and virtual (Zoom) meetings in order to move prospective donors through the Donor Engagement Process
- Correspond promptly with constituents in a manner reflective of the College’s sense of integrity and purpose
- Maintain timely electronic and paper records of contacts with Haverford prospects
- Manage the fundraising and special event activities in support of assigned
- College priorities and initiatives.
- Establish and execute regional travel plans based on priority solicitations and consultation with the Director of Major Gifts.
- Work closely with Prospect Research team and other members of IA to plan individual solicitation strategies in order to manage current identified prospects and to recognize, identify, and introduce new prospects into the overall campaign cultivation pool.
- Work collaboratively with the Director of Donor Relations on prospect followup, proposal creation, and acknowledgment of gift commitments.
- Consider data integrity a priority and work diligently to document capacity/gift/engagement related information in Raiser’s Edge (the alumni database) in a timely manner.
- Serve as a strategic partner, mentor, and positive influence to other members of the Individual Giving team.
Line of Report: The Associate Director of Major Gifts reports to the Director of Major Gifts and has no direct reports.
Education, Training, & Experience
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the academic, cultural and social diversity of the Haverford College community and a demonstrated track record of commitment to DEI through professional and personal experience.
- Three to five years of major gift fundraising experience or transferable skill equivalent
- Knowledge of fundraising philosophies and approaches
- Previous experience working in higher education, preferably liberal arts institutions will be valued
- Exposure to Plus Delta’s Donor Engagement Process and/or the Raiser’s Edge database ideal
- Prior experience working with alumni volunteers a plus
- Ability to interact with major gift and planned gift prospects as well as leadership alumni volunteers and members of the Board of Managers necessary
- Excellent management, organization, communication, and interpersonal skills
- Extensive travel required domestically (a minimum of 5-7 days per month), including international travel (approximately 1–3 times per year)
- Evening and weekend work required
- Possession of a valid U.S. Drivers’ License and ability to pass a Motor Vehicle
- Record check is required
Haverford College has retained Triad Academic Search to assist in this search. All inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications should be emailed in confidence to:
Chief Executive Officer
Triad Academic Search
dharshan [at] triadacademicsearch.com
For additional information, please visit: https://triadacademicsearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Haverford-College-Associate-Director-of-Major-Gifts.pdf