Human Resources

Assistant Director of the Annual Fund

Position Summary

The Annual Fund’s objective of engaging a broad base of alumni and friends in support of the college makes it a primary component of Alma College’s philanthropic culture. Its goals are to provide important annual operating support for the college, engage more alumni as donors, and build the tradition of volunteer involvement. This position reports to the Director of the Annual Fund and is a partner with colleagues within the Advancement Office as well as in other sectors of the college. The Assistant Director of the Annual Fund will help implement components of the Annual Fund’s strategic plan including a specific focus on young alumni participation, Alma Day, and volunteer management. The assistant director will also be responsible for coordinating and managing direct mail solicitations, phone strategies, and the Fund’s social media presence. The individual in this position will work with a full range of constituents while also being responsible for engaging younger alumni. Position involves evening and weekend commitments.

Essential Functions

Understand the importance of the success of the Annual Fund to the college’s financial health.

Develop and implement plans to engage young alumni as donors and volunteers.

Work with the director and Advancement colleagues to develop a plan for Alma Day that can increase the acquisition and retention of alumni donors.

Manage direct mail, phoning, and social media initiatives in support of Fund strategies and objectives.

Engage and solicit a selected portfolio of individual donors e.g., class volunteer, reunion class leaders

Serve as a partner with the Alumni Relations team in initiatives that engage students.

Serve as a partner with Advancement team colleagues in planning and implementing constituent engagement programs including Homecoming, Commencement, Family Day, class reunions, and periodic comprehensive campaigns.

Demonstrate a commitment to achieving Advancement Office and College annual and long- term objectives and priorities

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required Ability to set and achieve ambitious goals as well as meet deadlines

Experience working and collaborating with diverse populations Excellent oral and written communication skills Excellent organizational skills

Excellent interpersonal skills

Ability to solicit philanthropic support from individuals Competency in using a range of computer software applications, especially Microsoft Office suite of applications, and experience creating and managing web-based platforms Experience with a variety of social media platforms

Experience managing, tracking, and reporting data Self-directed with the ability to work independently as well as operationally within a team Ability to handle confidential information Ability to travel, including out of state as necessary Work evenings and weekends as necessary

Preferred Qualifications

Graduate of Alma College Experience in data analytics


Interested candidates must submit an Alma College application and a cover letter, current resume, and the names of three professional references via email to For an Alma College application, please go to:

Alma College is a selective, baccalaureate liberal arts college committed to academic excellence and development of responsible leaders. Alma’s undergraduates thrive on challenging academic programs in a supportive, small-college environment emphasizing active, collaborative learning and close student-faculty interaction. Alma is a private Phi Beta Kappa institution located in the center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Alma College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body.

Alma College recognizes that we are all transformed when we celebrate and value the varied identities backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in our campus community. We are committed to recognizing and removing barriers to success and providing equitable access to opportunities through education and advocacy. In our increasingly diverse campus and world, we pledge to create a climate where everyone is safe and free to grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally.

Story published on January 10, 2022