The University of Pittsburgh is seeking an Assistant Athletic Director for Annual Giving. This position will be within the Athletics Administration Department. The incumbent will report to the Senior Associate Athletic Director of Development and will serve as the leader of all annual giving related to the strategy and efforts for the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Athletics. The incumbent will balance the unlimited potential for philanthropic generosity from Pitt alumni, parents, and fans, with the critical revenue streams associated with annual scholarship funding, which is connected to priority ticket and parking allocation for Pitt football and men's and women's basketball. The Assistant Athletic Director for Annual Giving will develop an annual strategy to drive campaigns to grow both participation and financial support within the Panther Club. Additionally, the incumbent will plan and execute both holistic and sport-specific solicitation appeals via direct mail, telephone, email, and social media. The incumbent will manage the Panther Club's priority point program, which rewards the most generous donors with priority access to tickets/parking/events and develop an annual communication and solicitation calendar in collaboration with his/her university counterparts in annual giving. The incumbent must ensure the gift acknowledgment process is timely, accurate and effective and evaluate/lead any enhancements to processes, objectives, and goals to dramatically improve the reach and effectiveness of the program. The incumbent will be tasked with managing and redesigned a comprehensive annual giving program in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). This position must be well-versed in industry best practices and constantly evaluate ways to ensure that the Panther Club is best positioned to provide our student-athletes with the necessary resources to compete for conference and national championships. Additionally, this person will also identify and personally solicit annual fund gifts of $3,000+ by managing a moderately sized pool of prospects. He/She will work closely with other departments within Pitt Athletics including the Pitt Ticket Office, Marketing, and other External Relations units to ensure a robust, donor-centric approach to all fundraising efforts. The incumbent is expected to appear and participate at multiple Pitt Athletics competitions and events, including all home football and men's basketball games, maintaining a presence at our most widely attended events. The Assistant Athletic Director for Annual Giving will have the opportunity to hire, manage, and develop one (1) full-time staff member as part of the annual giving team.
Four (4) years within a Division I Athletics Development office. Strong and collegiate interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing, and via phone. Problem solver who can take initiative and set priorities. Attention to detail and thoroughness. Comfort working within donor/prospect data base systems. Knowledge of applicable laws, rules and regulations related to intercollegiate athletics and fundraising.
Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) is consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, and was cited in 2014 as the only public university in Pennsylvania considered a “Best Value College” based on academic quality, cost and financial aid. The university was ranked as the top public university in the country in the publication Saviors of Our Cities: A Survey of Best College and University Civic Partnerships, which measured schools’ economic and developmental impacts on neighboring regions. The nearly $755 million Pitt spends on research each year directly and indirectly supports the local economy, putting Pitt at the heart of what the U.S. Department of Labor calls an education and health services “super sector,” and is responsible for more than one in every five jobs in the greater Pittsburgh area.
The Pittsburgh campus is an urban campus located in the city's Oakland neighborhood. Pitt also has five regional campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville. The University is composed of 17 undergraduate and graduate colleges serving more than 28,000 students each year.