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Assistant Director of Development

Angola, Indiana

Trine University, C.W. Sponsel Center for AdministrationThe Opportunity

Under the direction of the Vice President of Development, the Assistant Director of Development will develop and assist in a comprehensive fundraising program that supports the Annual Fund, General Scholarship Fund and major gifts using recognized best practices. This includes special events, letters, phonathons, social media campaigns and personal solicitations. 


Essential Duties and ResponsibilitiesStudent Leadershiip






Include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and implement annual giving programs within the Office of Alumni and Development.
  • Manage the phonathon program for the university to raise unrestricted funds for operations, scholarships and other purposes.
  • Develop and implement strategy to secure increased alumni participation in the Annual Fund. Evaluate results.
  • Coordinate giving club cultivation/stewardship activities, including regional fundraising events, in conjunction with the Alumni Director.
  • Collaborate with various departments to help foster giving and to advance all fund raising and stewardship visions and goals within the Trine community.
  • Recruit and train Annual Fund class agents, volunteers, etc.
  • Help the Alumni Director with class reunions, homecomings, and select alumni-related activities with the objective of increasing alumni participation in the Annual Fund.
  • Recognize donors in a practical and meaningful way.
  • Meet with student groups to introduce them to fundraising activities and encourage their participation in giving.
  • Coordinate the university’s specialty plate program.
  • Manage students in the development and participation of the Senior Class Gift.
  • Oversee production of annual giving reports; provide analysis of giving trends.
  • Develop a strategic plan for the Annual Fund.
  • Assist the Director of Development and Alumni Director in special events including but not limited to the golf outing, scholarship gala, homecoming and Touchstone events.
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and/or Experience

  • Commitment to the values of private higher education.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • A demonstrated track record of fund raising success preferred.
  • Excellent writing, communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to represent the Alumni and Development Office professionally.
  • Must be capable of working with sensitive information with complete confidentiality.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Must be flexible with work schedule and available to work weekends and evenings when necessary.
  • Must be motivated to learn new skills and strategies.

Outstanding Benefits

Trine University offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Benefits offered include:                     

  • Health – medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs, flex spending or HSA accounts
  • Retirement – after one year of full-time service you are eligible for employer contribution of 5% and up to an additional 5% employer match                        
  • Life Insurance – a variety of voluntary life options are available along with employee life insurance (1½ times annual salary)
  • Education – after 6 months of full-time service education benefits are available for employee, spouse, and dependent children                        
  • Vacation and Sick Pay – in accordance with Trine's policy

See plan documents for benefit details.


The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Review of applicants begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Trine University is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, genetic information, citizenship status, military status, or any other basis prohibited by law, unless such basis constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification. Trine will comply with its legal obligation to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and for religious beliefs.