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Associate Director of The Mount Holyoke Fund for Leadership Annual Giving (#666)

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Reporting to the Director of The Mount Holyoke Fund and serving on The Mount Holyoke Fund leadership team, the Associate Director for Leadership Annual Giving is responsible for the 50th Reunion program and the strategy, management, and growth of leadership annual giving to The Mount Holyoke Fund.

The Associate Director for Leadership Annual Giving will build on the success of the College’s 50th Reunion program and find new strategies to strengthen donor participation and fundraising totals within this milestone reunion cycle. Focusing on maximizing giving to The Mount Holyoke Fund and working closely with colleagues in leadership giving, planned giving, and advancement services, the Associate Director creates, directs, and manages class fundraising efforts for classes in their 46th to 50th reunion years that produce $1-2 million in current operating revenue for the College each year. The Associate Director is also responsible for recruiting, managing, motivating, and supporting high level and active 50th Reunion volunteer gift committees that include current and former trustees and principal and major gift prospects.

The Associate Director for Leadership Annual Giving is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies that increase leadership annual giving to The Mount Holyoke Fund from a select portfolio of alumnae, parents, and friends of the College. This position will manage the overall leadership annual giving program and will work closely with a portfolio of prospects with the capacity to give $1,837 or more annually with the purpose of soliciting and closing gifts of this size. Working closely with the Director of Stewardship and The Mount Holyoke Fund marketing team, this position will also bring creative thinking and strategy to marketing and communications related to the Cornerstone Society, which recognizes all donors who make a gift of $1,837 or more to the College each year.  

The Associate Director will also be responsible for managing The Mount Holyoke Fund Officer for Leadership Annual Giving and an Administrative Assistant.

Key Responsibilities:

Class and Volunteer Management

  • Manage all aspects of the 50th Reunion fundraising program. Determine individual and class strategies, based on a five-year model of planning and acknowledging 50th Reunion giving.
  • Implement strategies for classes to reach dollar and participation goals.
  • Develop all 50th Reunion specific class communications.
  • Recruit, direct, motivate, and support a large group of high level and active volunteers.
  • Develop and design volunteer training and support materials specific to the 50th Reunion cycle.
  • Organize and carry out periodic on campus training meetings for 50th Reunion volunteer gift committees.

Cornerstone Society Management

  • Work with the Director of The Mount Holyoke Fund and the Director of Stewardship to refresh all aspects of the Cornerstone Society which recognizes all gifts of $1,837+ and accounts for 80% of the $8 million+ raised each year by The Mount Holyoke Fund.
  • Coordinate stewardship activities, including on and off-campus events, working with the Director of Stewardship.
  • Work with the Director of Stewardship and The Mount Holyoke Fund marketing team on marketing materials for the Cornerstone Society.
  • Assist with the recruitment and coordination of Cornerstone Society volunteers across the program.

Portfolio Management

  • Directly cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of leadership annual giving prospects. Focus will be primarily on prospects within the 50th reunion cycle.
  • Conduct a minimum of 50-75 personal visits per year with leadership annual giving prospects for 1:1 solicitations. Local and regional travel are regular; and evening and weekend hours are occasional.
  • Work with colleagues in Research to develop and manage portfolios for The Mount Holyoke Fund Officer for Leadership Annual Giving in addition to several other team members.

Supervision of Mount Holyoke Fund team members

  • Supervise The Mount Holyoke Fund Officer for Leadership Annual Giving and the Administrative Assistant who provides support for these programs.


  • Be an active and collaborative team member.
  • Contribute to overall Mount Holyoke Fund discussions affecting annual giving priorities and strategies.
  • Participate in special projects or activities as assigned including, but not limited to, attendance at college functions and volunteer and/or donor events.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in fundraising.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to balance multiple projects and tasks with attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience calling, conducting face-to-face appointments, managing relationships, creating and presenting proposals, and other fundamental elements of client/donor relationship or sales-related management.
  • Demonstrated experience in recruiting, managing, training, and motivating volunteers.
  • Database experience, proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Excel); and ability to analyze data and learn new software.
  • Willingness to travel domestically with some evenings and weekends required throughout the year. Valid driver’s license required.
  • Desire to be part of a strong team.

The College:

Founded in 1837, Mount Holyoke College is the nation’s oldest institution of higher learning for women and is consistently ranked among the most selective, private, residential liberal arts colleges in America. The College is committed to educating a diverse community of women at the highest level of academic excellence and to fostering the alliance of liberal arts education with purposeful engagement in the world. Mount Holyoke employs approximately 1,000 faculty and staff and enrolls approximately 2,200 students from across the globe and is a member of the Five College consortium, along with Amherst, Hampshire and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  The College is located in the Connecticut River Valley in Western Massachusetts about 1.5 hours from Boston and 3 hours from New York.


For more information on Mount Holyoke College, its people and programs please visit www.mtholyoke.edu.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Mount Holyoke College is committed to enriching the educational experience it offers through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff members. Mount Holyoke seeks to recruit and support a broadly diverse team who will contribute to the college's excellence, diversity of viewpoints and experiences, and relevance in a global society. In furtherance of institutional excellence, the College encourages applications from individuals from underrepresented groups, including faculty, staff, and administration of color, diverse gender identities, first generation college students and individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to college, and individuals with a demonstrated leadership commitment to including diverse backgrounds and perspectives.