Assistant/Associate Director, Special Initiatives and Athletics Giving

Immediate Supervisor:  Senior Director, Constituent Programs and Annual Giving

Position Summary:  The Assistant/Associate Director, Special Initiatives and Athletics Giving manages the College’s reunion giving program and other targeted class giving initiatives. In addition, the Assistant/Associate Director manages the various outreach and giving programs to solicit and steward gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of Kalamazoo College Athletics.


Reunion, Class, and Special Initiative Giving

  • Lead K’s 50th Reunion and other class giving efforts, working with class agents and other volunteers approaching their milestone reunions to create and support fundraising initiatives focused on soliciting multi-year commitments to the Kalamazoo College Fund and/or an outright designated purpose, as well as planned gifts. 
  • Manage endowed fund initiatives in honor or memory of members of the K community, as necessary.
  • Liaison with College development officers to communicate initiatives and ensure assigned donors are solicited by staff as appropriate.
  • Respond to gift interest from prospective donors or make referrals to development officers as appropriate.

Athletics Giving

  • Work with athletic director, coaches, and sports information director to manage family and friends giving outreach program for all teams.
  • Work with athletic director, coaches, and sports information director to coordinate Hornet Athletics Giving Day.
  • Manage additional Hornet Athletics fundraising solicitation and stewardship opportunities.
  • Work with coaches to identify potential major gift donors to make referrals to development officers as appropriate.
  • Coordinate Hornet Athletic Association newsletters.
  • Administrative support for the Hornet Golf Jamboree and other outings as applicable.
  • Send monthly stewardship report of athletics gifts to athletic director and coaches.

Other Responsibilities

  • Participate regularly in Advancement staff meetings, prospect strategy sessions, and other relevant meetings.
  • Complete contact reports in a timely manner.
  • Staff Homecoming and Commencement weekend activities (required) and other campus events on an as-needed basis.
  • Participate in professional activities to stay current with trends in the development field.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Compliance with COVID vaccination policies required.

The Assistant Director will have a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2-3 years of experience in annual or major gift fundraising, athletics fundraising, fundraising program management, or comparable experience. In addition, the successful candidate must possess the following skills and abilities:

  • The ability to forge strong working relationships with others and a capacity for engaging confidence and trust among donors and professional advisors. Must be a team player.
  • Experience working with and leading volunteers.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • High motivation for success coupled with diplomacy, tact, and consistent follow-through.
  • Experience in higher education athletics fundraising desirable.

Kalamazoo College is a selective, nationally known liberal arts college offering students a personalized, integrated undergraduate experience known as the K-Plan that interweaves a traditional liberal arts curriculum with individualized research and experiential educational experiences in both domestic and international settings. Founded in 1833, Kalamazoo College is one of 40 dynamic Colleges That Change Lives, a group of 40 colleges that excel at developing potential, values and initiative, and provide the foundation for success beyond college. The campus is located midway between Chicago and Detroit in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a metropolitan community of 225,000 that supports four college and university campuses along with numerous civic arts and cultural associations. Thirty-five miles from Lake Michigan, the area offers many opportunities for outdoor activities.

The division of College Advancement is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff and cultivating a culture of inclusion and connectedness. We aim to create a welcoming workplace that celebrates the diversity of our staff, alumni and donors. 

An equal opportunity employer, Kalamazoo College is committed to equal rights, equal opportunities, and equal protection under the law.  The College administers its programs without regard to race, creed, religion, age, sex, national origin, height, weight, marital status, physical disability as protected by law, or sexual orientation.  The College’s definition of sexual orientation proscribes discrimination based on a person’s sexuality, or gender identity, actual or presumed.