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Director, Annual Giving and Stewardship


Professional Support Services

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Oklahoma City, OK

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The Director of Annual Giving and Stewardship is responsible for managing a comprehensive annual giving program for the Office of Advancement at Oklahoma City University by: encouraging annual, renewable and upgrade gifts, for the benefit of Oklahoma City University, from a broad base of alumni and friend support, through direct mail, personal contact, and special campaigns; developing and executing fundraising strategies which annually increase both the number of donors and dollars raised; ensuring appropriate donor recognition and stewardship.

The Director works closely with the School of Law advancement team by providing oversight and support for assigned annual giving and stewardship activities.  The Director reports to the AVP for University Advancement.

The individual in this position is expected to embrace key values of the university’s development program, have a passion for OCU, develop partnership with donors, perpetual support for OCU, and have a people-centered approach that demonstrates support for these values through professional interactions and activities.

Essential Functions: 

Demonstrate an attitude and behavior that reflects the values and mission of the department and University.

Provide leadership responsibility for the annual giving and stewardship program at OCU that assists in generating over a million dollars of unrestricted giving on a yearly basis:

  • Develops and implements a campus wide Day of Giving.
  • Develop and execute annual fundraising strategies to solicit first-time, renewable and upgrade gifts from an ever-increasing donor base in support of the overall fundraising plan for Oklahoma City University.
  • Work closely and cooperatively with other fundraising staff positions in the Office of Advancement and School of Law, other university deans, administrators and faculty/staff of the University, as appropriate, to effectively execute the annual giving program for the benefit of the university.
  • Identify, build and manage a portfolio of leadership annual gift prospects
  • Supervises both support and professional staff positions comprising the annual giving program staff.
  • Oversees the direction and implementation of national telephone campaigns, and the conception and writing of direct-mail pieces.
  • Facilitate the recognition of donors in both print and Web-based publications. Contribute donor and gift information for the Annual Report, oversee production of the donor roll, determine the report recipients, and facilitate the mailing.
  • Identify and produce thank you letters and campaign updates for first time donors, scholarship donors, major donors, leadership giving society members, and other special donor groups.
  • Organize an annual luncheon for scholarship donors and scholarship recipients.
  • Serve as the advisor of OCU Student Foundation, an application-based student organization which aims to connect current students with alumni and donors, and to educate students on the value of being engaged and philanthropic alumni when they graduate.
  • Work closely and cooperatively with other fundraising staff positions in the Office of Advancement and with deans, administrators and faculty/staff of the University, as appropriate, to effectively execute the annual giving and donor stewardship programs for the benefit of the university.
  • Work closely and cooperatively with Alumni Engagement staff to increase the percentage of alumni who donate to the university.

School of Law Advancement Oversight and Support for Annual Giving and Stewardship:

  • Completes Appeal Checklist and List Request Form for School of Law appeals with the help of the project initiator.
  • Manages School of Law End of Year Appeal solicitation including mailing, promotion and donor gifts.
  • Manages Law School’s use of Blackbaud NetCommunity, to support the law school’s giving, alumni association, and communication outreach. This includes developing and maintaining webpages, creating content and distribution of information, and overseeing the law school’s online alumni database.
  • Provides analytical and administrative support on a variety of projects, programs and issues; compiles data, solicit and research information from a variety of sources.
  • Plans School of Law stewardship events for students to thank donors, such as Thanks & Pancakes.
  • Manages School of Law Stewardship Program and partners with University Advancement to ensure law donors are properly stewarded.
  • Works directly with the Director of Marketing and Communications on email marketing, including the monthly alumni newsletter.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Assistant Vice President for Development, Vice President for University Advancement, and Law School Associate Dean of External Relations.

Other Duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements: 

  • Must be able to lift and, carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, and reach.
  • Manual dexterity to efficiently operate a computer keyboard and other business machines.
  • Near vision sufficient to read written communications and computer display screens.
  • Adequate hearing to communicate effectively in person and by phone.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Work Conditions:

  • Work is primarily indoors, but requires the incumbent to be in an outdoor environment when traveling between campus buildings or off campus.
  • Standard office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Attendance at evening and weekend events is required; flexible work schedule may be required.
  • Off-campus, state and regional travel is required.
  • Incumbent will be exposed to frequent noise caused by telephones and office machines.

Required Skills

  • Possesses background of experience that has enhanced applicant’s communication, management, and fundraising-related skills.
  • Energetic, and a team player who has a desire to assist people in accomplishing their philanthropic goals. 
  • Possesses excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of writing for development, promotional writing, and journalistic writing desired.
  • Knowledge of design components, direct mail, fund-raising strategies and philosophy, data processing and word processing.
  • Awareness of Oklahoma City University history and traditions is helpful.
  • The ability to take initiative, inspire and motivate others, create and develop direct mail and other pieces is required.
  • Ability to be flexible, to be attentive to detail, to complete various projects, and to relate will with people is required.
  • Research, organizational, statistical, business procedural and supervisory skills required.
  • Committed to the highest standards of personal and professional integrity.
  • Willing to work evenings and weekends as needed to accomplish job responsibilities.
  • Familiarity with the Donor Bill of Rights and commitment to donor-centered and professional interactions with prospects.
  • Ability to handle confidential matters with discretion.

Required Experience

Required: A bachelor's degree is required. A minimum of three years of experience directing one or more areas of a comprehensive annual giving program at a college, university or comparable charitable organization is required.  

Preferred: Five years of experience in annual giving at a higher education institution is preferred.

 A suitable combination of education and experience may be substituted for minimum requirements.

Additional Required Application Materials

Cover Letter, List of Professional References, CV or Resume

Benefit Eligibility

Available at full-time university rates

Scheduled Hours

Standard office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Attendance at evening and weekend events is required, and a flexible work schedule may be required.