Director, Annual Fund and Individual Giving

Job Description

Job Summary:

The Director of Annual Fund and Leadership Giving will provide leadership, direction and management for annual giving programs and leadership giving initiatives, to include alumni annual fund, faculty/staff campaign, senior giving and other targeted annual giving initiatives. The Director will develop and implement a gift club program for annual donors and will facilitate leadership giving (prospects capable of giving up to $10,000) intended to increase giving levels among a wide range of constituents.


Job Duties:

  • Provides strategic direction for the University’s annual fund campaigns (gifts under $5,000 from alumni, retirees, faculty/staff, recent grads and others) in order to raise funds and increase participation through various campaigns and activities
  • Develops and implements leadership giving programs and gift clubs designed to increase giving levels
  • Directs the qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for a small portfolio of individual prospects in collaboration with development colleagues
  • Provides direction for annual fund materials for a range of campaigns and initiatives to include appeal letters, acknowledgments, planned giving messages, stewardship, email, social media and webpages
  • Builds partnerships with University of Houston System annual fund and advancement services colleagues in order to successfully execute campaigns
  • Other duties as assigned


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices associated with annual fund and with varied solicitation methods (direct mail, phone, online, social media)
  • Strong marketing and communication skills to develop new, creative annual giving programs
  • Proficiency using data to drive annual fund and leadership giving strategy and increase key performance metrics
  • Ability to interact with a variety of constituents through polished oral, written, telephone, and e-mail communication
  • Able to work independently to meet deadlines in a time-sensitive environment with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and skills interacting professionally with culturally diverse staff and faculty, alumni and students




Bachelor’s degree required



Requires 3 years of experience in development, preferably with experience in annual giving programs


Preferred Qualifications:        

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The University of Houston-Downtown is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.