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Associate Director of Annual Giving and Special Programs

Position Status: Full-time, exempt

Background

Background Founded in 1986, the ESU Foundation is an independent affiliate of East Stroudsburg University with the sole mission of soliciting, receiving, and administering gifts and donations that promote the growth, progress, and general welfare of ESU and its students.

Position Summary

The East Stroudsburg University Foundation, the 501(c)(3) affiliate of East Stroudsburg University, seeks a talented, experienced, and energetic development professional to serve as the Associate Director of Annual Giving and Special Programs.

The Associate Director is responsible for developing and implementing plans to meet and increase annual giving revenue by engaging students and alumni in donor centric programs and initiatives that inspire current and future participation and support. Additionally, the Associate Director will work in close collaboration with the many departments within the Foundation and across campus, including advancement services, the alumni engagement team, donor relations and stewardship, major gifts, athletics, events, academic departments, and others.

Essential Functions:

Reporting to the Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement, the Associate Director of Annual Giving and Special Programs works independently and collaboratively to perform the following essential duties and responsibilities.

Senior Class Gift / Student Philanthropy

  • Develop and implement campus educational programs and initiatives for Senior Class Gift awareness and participation
  • Recruit seniors to act as peer-to-peer volunteers on the senior class gift committee.
  • Work with student groups to create an understanding of philanthropy on campus and increase support for the Warrior Fund and annual giving.
  • Engage in face-to-face solicitation during Senior Class Gift to inspire annual gifts of support.
  • Coordinate events that raise awareness of the senior class gift and student philanthropy programs. Identify campus groups, classroom settings, and department meetings to present the concept of philanthropy to students
  • Work with donor relations and stewardship staff to create a program to steward and fulfill senior class gift pledges after graduation.
  • Develop a comprehensive solicitation and stewardship plan for senior class gift.
  • Develop underclassmen philanthropy programs to create a culture of annual giving prior to graduation.
  • Work with Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement to manage, engage and ignite Warrior Elite members as ambassadors for student philanthropy and future alumni engagement.

Digital Outreach / Crowdfunding

  • Manage, post, converse, and monitor ESU Foundation social media pages including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn and disseminate opportunities appropriately.
  • Curate compelling digital marketing/social media campaigns through edited video, graphic design pieces and marketing materials to convey philanthropic messaging.
  • Oversee design for all social media graphics and marketing materials for annual giving.
  • Maintain brand awareness on social media outlets, including reputation management.
  • Create social media policies to increase engagement of alumni, friends, faculty, and staff
  • Establish content calendars for specific campaigns, analyze metrics and revise content strategy as needed.
  • Monitor current trends in content/digital marketing, design and strategy, audience engagement, and new platforms with proven metrics of increasing annual giving.
  • Manage ESU Giving Day / Giving Tuesday including the recruitment of campus and alumni volunteers.

Athletic Fundraising

  • Prepare electronic and direct mail Friends and Family annual campaigns for individual sports.
  • Manage crowdfunding pages for athletic campaigns like Friends and Family and National Student Athlete Day.
  • As needed, create athletic team phonathon calling logistics including, scripting, supporting documents, calling schedule and room set-up.
  • Work with ESU Foundation athletic liaison as needed to engage coaches and athletes for participation in athletic fundraising initiatives.

Additional Duties

  • Collaborate with Associate Director of Alumni Engagement and Outreach on events, reunions, affinity groups, chapters, family legacy, homecoming, alumni golf outing.
  • Coordinate with Donor Relations and Stewardship on oversight of first-time donor program.
  • Collaborate with Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement on gift anniversary program, reunion giving, faculty staff/campaigns.
  • Monitor daily mail and complete gift logs.
  • Exercise professionalism and discretion in working with confidential information.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Three years of fundraising experience; preferably in higher education with a concentration on annual giving campaigns, student philanthropy, senior class gift, and athletic fundraising.
  • A thorough knowledge of fundraising principles and best practices including donor confidentiality.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with students, colleagues, peers and leadership within the foundation, university, external partners, and volunteers.
  • Must have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team setting.
  • Affinity with the overall mission of East Stroudsburg University Foundation and East Stroudsburg University.
  • Must have flexibility to work evenings and weekends and be willing to travel on occasion.
  • Proficiency with database management systems and software platforms: i.e., Raiser’s Edge, Community Funded, Microsoft Office.
  • Must be able to successfully complete background checks.

To Apply Application package must include:

  • Cover letter indicating why you are interested in this position plus salary requirements.
  • Resume (please include start and end date of employment for each position)
  • Names and contact information of three professional references (at least one of which must have been immediate supervisors).

Send to: Search Committee, ESU Foundation, 200 Prospect Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 or email to esufoundation@esufoundation.org. The East Stroudsburg University Foundation is an equal opportunity employer encouraging excellence through diversity. Excellent benefits include participation in medical, dental and vision coverage; generous retirement plan; life insurance; holidays; personal and vacation days and sick leave.

Closing Date There is no deadline for application. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The application period may close however, when the adequate numbers of qualified applications are received.

Notice of Nondiscrimination: East Stroudsburg University Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran’s status in its programs and activities in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding this policy: CFO, East Stroudsburg University Foundation, 200 Prospect Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301, 570-422-3236. For assistance or special accommodations, please call 570-422-3236

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Events Manager, Development

Position Status: Full-time, exempt

Background

Founded in 1986, the East Stroudsburg University Foundation, the 501(c) (3) independent affiliate of East Stroudsburg University with the sole mission of soliciting, receiving and administering gifts and donations that promote the growth, progress and general welfare of ESU and its students.

Position Summary

The Events Manager is a vital member of the ESU Foundation and Advancement team. The successful candidate will provide leadership and direction in the execution of dynamic, high quality in-person and virtual events that advance campus priorities related to the strategic plan, stewardship, fundraising, alumni engagement, government and community relations. Additionally, the Events manager will provide the platform for recognition of distinguished accomplishments or guests. Examples include the annual President’s Gala, Scholarship Dinner, Homecoming Weekend, Alumni Awards and reunion banquet, golf events and other signature and smaller events on the annual calendar.

Reporting to the Director of Donor Relations, the Events Manager’s responsibilities include:

  • Create, plan and execute special in-person and virtual events that fulfill the mission of the ESU Foundation. Serve as committee support on events within other program areas.
  • Serve as a special event stylist and designer for in-person and virtual events. Duties include, but are not limited to:
    • Arrange site visits and contract with venues
    • Determine virtual event platform needs and set up/manage accordingly
    • Prepare and present thorough and thought out event concept and vision
    • Oversee printing and mailing of event invitations and materials
    • Determine A/V equipment needs and work with vendors to ensure quality programming and presentation
    • Work with caterers to develop menus
    • Secure and work with volunteers to ensure successful, streamlined event
    • Oversee guest list management, reporting accordingly
    • Determine transportation and lodging needs
    • Conceptualize themes and translate throughout event experience
    • Coordinate with various university leadership, athletic coaches and program directors on planning and logistics
    • Manage and direct on-site and virtual event logistics, including set up, and break-down
    • Manage floral, linen, detailed props, signage, banners and accessories.
    • Create impactful staging and program development that enhances the guest’s experience for both in-person and virtual events.
    • Manage event program development (e.g., recruit and/or facilitate coordination and briefing of speakers/presenters, develop program agendas, determine order of speakers, etc.) for in person and virtual events.
    • Prepare and manage guest list criteria for invitations. Manage RSVPs, table assignments, hospitality for VIPs and special guests of honor.
    • Assume responsibility of ancillary print needs for events, including programs, nametags, place cards, and menu cards.
    • Prepare and submit guest bios, briefings and event agendas/packets for leadership.
    • Prepare and submit scripts and programming notes for review.
  • In partnership with staff, use standardized systems and technology to automate elements of event planning, tracking, and production whenever possible.
  • Develop productive working relationships with campus and community resources and vendors.
  • Demonstrate project management, time management and organizational skills, with the ability to manage details of multiple and complex projects within firm schedules. Ability to make confident decisions in a timely manner to ensure events stay on schedule.
  • Prepare, manage, and monitor event budgets, anticipating costs of production, technical, and promotional needs. Ensure compliance with accounting, audit and fiscal controls.
  • Prepare pre- and post-event analysis, assess opportunities and make recommendations for improving service to internal and external constituencies and implement those improvements as appropriate.
  • Provide support in post-event stewardship initiatives.
  • Prepare post-event reports to include reflection and suggestions for next year’s event. Also, prepare year-end events report, providing overall department analysis and recommendations for future actions and improvements.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in related field.
  • Three to five years related work experience, preferably in higher education or non-profit, development environment.
  • Experience in planning, production and management of a variety of live, in-person events from informal to formal, large and small, for diverse and distinguished guests, with the ability to formulate creative ideas/themes, and to analyze, evaluate, and negotiate details reflective of a successful event.
  • Experience in planning, production and management of virtual events for up to 300 guests. Strong computer skills and a high level of comfort in virtual event platforms and their capabilities.
  • Outstanding writing ability. Samples will be requested to include scripts, invitations and event programs the candidate has produced.
  • Outstanding communication skills sufficient to express ideas and agreements concisely and persuasively to a variety of constituencies.
  • Computer skills with ability to use word processing and spreadsheet software, and knowledge of desktop production and database systems.
  • Solid analytical, decision making and problem-solving skills.
  • Candidate should be prepared to show their best event work in photographs and print materials.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily plus evening and weekend work for events, as scheduled.

Preferred Qualification:

Raisers Edge database management and event management certifications experience a plus.

To Apply
Application package must include:

  • Cover letter indicating why you are interested in this position plus salary requirements,

  • Resume (please include start and end date of employment for each position),

  • Names and contact information of three professional references (at least two of which must have been direct supervisors)

  • If all three items above are not submitted your application will not be considered.

Send to: Search Committee, ESU Foundation, 200 Prospect Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 or email to esufoundation@esufoundation.org. The East Stroudsburg University Foundation is an equal opportunity employer encouraging excellence through diversity. Excellent benefits include participation in medical, dental and vision coverage; generous retirement plan; life insurance; holidays; personal and vacation days and sick leave.

Closing Date

There is no deadline for application. Review of applications will begin immediately, and the application period may close early, when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.

Notice of Nondiscrimination:  East Stroudsburg University Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran’s status in its programs and activities in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding this policy:  Senior Director of Finance and Administration, East Stroudsburg University Foundation, 200 Prospect Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301, 570-422-3236.  For assistance or special accommodations, please call 570-422-3236.

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