Director of Annual Giving and Engagement

McKendree University’s Office of Development, Alumni and Parent Relations is accepting applications for the position of Director of Annual Giving and Engagement.  This is a full-time position located in Lebanon, Illinois and reports to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. 

The Director of Annual Giving and Engagement has distinct areas of responsibility within Annual Giving and Engagement.  Annual Giving program responsibilities include the creation, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive multi-year plan which will consist of a variety of solicitation methods. These methods include personal, telemarketing, direct mail, e-communications and other creative uses of technology to increase total annual gift revenue from alumni, parents, faculty/staff and friends of the University. The Director is also responsible for setting annual dollar objectives, establishing strategies to reach those objectives and monitoring progress against objectives. Further, they participate in the budget development, tracking and analysis of annual giving activities and the maintenance of record and database integrity and operational effectiveness. Engagement responsibilities include building relationships through in-person meetings or events and virtual engagement methods with the primary goal of donor acquisition.


  • Manage all aspects of the Annual Fund operating campaign and is responsible for the design, scheduling and production of all direct mail solicitations. This includes the following:
    • Development of Annual Fund plan and calendar.
    • Create appeals, including electronic solicitations, and means for testing success.
    • Management and coordination of phone-a-thon campaign: recruit, train and supervise student and volunteer callers, develop training and reward programs for volunteer callers, develop and coordinate printing of all materials related to the phone-a-thon, oversee pledge reminders, payment program and supervise calling sessions.
    • Coordinate with Director of Alumni Relations to recruit volunteers for appeals, phone-a-thon and special annual fund events.
    • Oversee all clerical work associated with direct mail campaigns.
    • Continually and effectively report on results.
  • Manage student philanthropy initiatives:
    • The Senior Class Gift program.
    • Other initiatives as determined by the Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
  • As determined by the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, the Director will have direct donor interaction as follows:
    • Manage a portfolio of prospects as determined by the Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
    • Metrics will be established in coordination with the Vice President for Institutional Advancement for face to face visits, virtual meetings, events, and meaningful phone contacts.
    • Complete contact reports after each meaningful donor interaction and update database information about donors and prospects as appropriate.
    • Participate in regular prospect management meetings, contributing to the development and implementation of strategies and programs that encourage philanthropic giving.
  • Plan and execute annual William McKendree Society events.
  • Coordinate other programs such as:
    • Preparation of Annual Fund budget.
    • Assist with alumni and parent programs as needed.
  • Oversee the integrity of the information contained on the Giving pages and William McKendree Society pages of the University website.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Vice President including departmental events and projects.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.


  • Excellent listening skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Adept at persuasive writing and story-telling.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in budget planning and oversight.
  • Creativity, initiative, high energy, and independence in carrying out responsibilities.
  • Eagerness to learn.
  • Attitude of teamwork and service to others.
  • Ability to motivate and work well with volunteers.
  • Ability to make public presentations on behalf of the University.
  • Excellent organizational and follow-through skills. Ability to manage multiple projects and see projects through to a timely completion.
  • Knowledge of database programs.
  • Efficient in Microsoft office programs.


  • Special events experience.
  • Three or more years of professional, annual fund-raising experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of Raiser’s Edge (including NXT and Net Community).


  • Office environment; 40 hours per week; normally 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; some evening and weekend work required.

McKendree University, Illinois’ first and finest, is a private university in Lebanon, IL, just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, home of the 11-time World Series champs (St. Louis Cardinals) and the 2019 Stanley Cup winner (St. Louis Blues). St. Louis also boasts a wonderful zoo, a first-rate botanical garden, a vibrant art scene (both performing and visual), and a plethora of top-notch restaurants. 

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest referencing job #DAGE35 with a resume/CV and contact information for three professional references to the Director of Human Resources at

McKendree is an ADA/EEO/Vet/Disabled employer committed to enhancing the cultural and gender diversity of the campus. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.