Director of Parent Programs
|May 03, 2012 - May 24, 2012|
|Location:||High Point, NC|
|Employment Type:||Full Time|
|Description:||For questions regarding this position please contact Beth Braxton, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at email@example.com|
The Director of Parent Programs is responsible for conceiving, coordinating and executing a range of programs designed to nurture close relationships between parents of current undergraduate students and, as appropriate, alumni parents. The cultivation of parents enhances their experience with High Point University while their students are with us and opens the opportunity for volunteer involvement and financial support. The Director of Parent Programs serves as a resource for HPU families in many ways, from collaborating with the offices of Student Life, Admissions and Communications and Culture on family-related communication to directing parent questions and concerns to appropriate administrators. The Director assists in events that welcome parents to campus, such as those during Family Weekend, and receptions for admitted students. The Director is responsible for assessing and providing strategic leadership of the parent programming.
Education, Experience and Training
• Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.
• A minimum of three years’ experience in fund raising, alumni affairs, public relations or sales, preferably within a university or college setting.
• Demonstrated experience working and managing volunteers.
Knowledge, Skills, Ability:
• Knowledge of the principles of fundraising; able to participate in all aspects of the gift cycle: (1) initiate contacts with potential donors: (2) develop appropriate cultivation strategies, including working with volunteers, major gift officers, faculty and staff; (3) move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure; (4) makes solicitations, including composing solicitation proposals for the prospect in coordination with appropriate individuals across HPU campus; (5) ensure accurate and timely end-of-gift details including necessary agreements, such as endowment agreements, fund descriptions, stewardship, appropriate signage, communication plans, etc.
• Ability to work and communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with a broad range of internal and external constituents including faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and friends of the University
• Attentiveness to detail
• Self-motivated, independent, able to solve problems, handle confidential information and navigate sensitive situations
• A desire and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in the Office of Institutional Advancement as well as faculty, staff and senior administrators across campus
• Strong computer skills, especially in Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or other development database software a plus.
• Honesty, integrity, enthusiasm and perspective; a very strong work ethic, supported by commitment and follow through
• A deep appreciation for and an ability to successfully articulate the mission and aspirations of High Point University. A desire to play a meaningful role in the University’s community and to share in the community’s commitment to providing every student with an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.
• Maintain an active portfolio of 80 leadership annual giving donors (under $100,000) with 12-15 prospect/donor visits per month and 25 solicitations of $25,000+ per year
• Establish and ensure execution of policies and procedures to ensure up-to-date parent demographic information, working with admissions, student life, communications/culture, IT and other departments on campus
• Establish and ensure execution of a program to research, document and share with appropriate individuals information on current and prospective parents to identify gift capacity and possible interests
• Coordinate with the appropriate departments across campus a procedure to ensure regular updates on student enrollment, judicial procedures, campus activities and other information that will assist in cultivation and solicitation of parent prospects, including disseminating appropriate information to major gift officers within the department
• Provide leadership for the management of the Parent Council including, volunteer descriptions, committee meetings and activities, Parent Council meeting agendas, strategic planning initiatives and the identification, recruitment and staffing of the Parents Council
• Assist the Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving and Assistant Director of Annual Giving to establish and execute strategies to meet and exceed annual giving goals for non-alumni parents
• Assist the Office of Special Events with the development and execution of Family Weekend programming
• Maintain and update the development website related to all parent activities
• Coordinate closely with annual giving, alumni affairs and major gift officers to maximize cultivation, involvement and solicitation of parent prospects and donors.
• Assist with, or, when appropriate direct, the planning, execution and enhancement of national special events designed to engage parents
• Design and provide regular updates to members of the Institutional Advancement staff through reporting that updates dollars raised, pledges secured, number of donors, prospect visits by IA development officers, prospects in the pipeline and proposals presented
• Create and monitor program budget for the Parent Council
• Regularly assess and benchmark to parent programs across the country
• Willingness to work extended hours, including weekends and evenings
• Willingness to travel
• Ensures accurate and timely information regarding parent records and research for identification, cultivation and solicitation of major and annual gifts
• Meets or surpasses yearly fund raising goals from parents
• Ensures collaborative and collegial relationships with major gift officers and director of annual giving to ensure all parents are solicited to their highest level of capability
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