Associate Director, Annual Giving - (STA012457)

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON - DOWNTOWN   Houston, TX   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on May 22, 2023
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Associate Director, Annual Giving - (STA012457) 




This position may be eligible for Hybrid Work, working remotely for up to one day per week after the initial 90 days of employment.

Salary Range: $72,265/year or higher, commensurate with experience and/or education


The Associate Director, Annual Giving is responsible for developing a data/metrics-driven program to identify, engage, and solicit alumni via multi-channel strategies and lay an engagement/giving foundation for milestone events and beyond. The Associate Director leverages partnerships from across the university to garner philanthropy of all types in support of the university. The incumbent implements best practices for giving/engagement, creates compelling messaging pertaining to university priorities, and helps build university spirit/pride through intentional collaboration with stakeholders.



  • Creates and manages solicitation campaigns that increase donor participation and identify donors to migrate into the leadership-giving pipeline
  • Utilizes the EngageUHS CRM and other internal and external data sources to determine the most effective tactics and strategies for donor engagement
  • Maintains accurate and timely donor and giving information in the EngageUHS CRM, and reports to division and university leadership
  • Collaborates with University Relations marketing and communication units to develop giving campaigns for alumni, friends, faculty, and staff
  • Collaborates in the establishment and achievement of college and university advancement plans, integrating the annual giving program with the entire development effort
  • Serves as unit subject matter expert on annual giving trends and strategies including social media and other digital fundraising tactics
  • Develops an annual strategic plan for the university's comprehensive individual fundraising for all gifts under $5,000
  • Develops and stewards giving clubs



  • Performs all other duties as assigned 



Direct Reports: 

  • None 

Delegation of Work: 

  • N/A

Supervision Given: 

  • N/A




  • Knowledge of marketing principles and market segmentation
  • Knowledge of direct mail, personal solicitation, and online giving
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of annual giving campaigns
  • Microsoft Office and digital solicitation channels and other similar advancement platforms (CRMs)
  • Knowledge of trends in annual giving and working knowledge of contemporary donor retention strategies


  • Strong analytical and fundraising skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Attention to detail and organization skills
  • Excellent decision-making skills and goal-oriented with a high level of initiative


  • Ability to implement data-driven decision-making in gift planning
  • Ability to recognize opportunities, identify high-return activities and priorities to attain goals
  • Ability to manage multi-phase projects from inception to completion 
  • Ability to build consensus among team members and balance multiple competing priorities 



Primary Work Location: 

  • Works in an office environment 

Physical Demands: 

  • Work is performed in a typical, comfortable interior work environment that does not subject the employee to any unpleasant elements
  • Individual has discretion in relation to walking, standing, etc., and has minimal exposure to physical risks 






Required Education: 

  • Bachelor's degree 

Required Experience: 

  • Minimum of three (3) years experience in fundraising or job-related experience 


  • None required 



  • Experience working with digital technology and databases to build, sustain, and track relationships with managed prospects
  • Higher Education Annual Fund Experience
  • Experience working with complex university systems
  • Actively engaged in annual giving learning activities


About University of Houston Downtown

The second-largest university in Houston, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is a comprehensive, four-year, urban university in the heart of downtown. Led by President Loren J. Blanchard, UHD is a community of diverse faculty, staff, students, and regional partners dedicated to nurturing talent, generating knowledge, and driving socioeconomic mobility for a just and sustainable future.  

Since opening its doors in 1974, UHD has grown in size, scope, and service, now offering 46 bachelor’s and 11 master’s degree programs and 17 fully online programs within its four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences & Technology.

UHD educates approximately 15,000 students annually. With more than 77% of UHD’s students coming directly from Harris County, UHD is not just a university in Houston, but Houston’s University and an Anchor Institution for the region.

UHD is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military-Friendly School. While the student population is largely Hispanic at 53% and African-American at 20%, more than 64 countries are represented. Furthermore, UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston, and its graduates have the lowest student loan debt in the state. Importantly, 70% of UHD freshman students are the first in their families to attend college.

UHD is one of the four distinct and separate components of the University of Houston System, which also includes the University of Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake, and University of Houston-Victoria.  Instructional Sites operated by UHD are University of Houston-Downtown Northwest, University of Houston-Downtown at Lone Star College-Kingwood, and University of Houston-Downtown at Lone Star College-Woodlands.

The University of Houston-Downtown is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. UHD is committed to equal opportunity and complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, genetic information, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, except where such distinction is required by law.