Director of Annual Giving

Posted on 03/21/2019

Northwood University

Midland, MI

Job Summary

Northwood University seeks a dedicated professional to serve as Director of Annual Giving to be responsible for creating, adapting and executing a comprehensive strategic plan using coordinated communication and solicitation strategies that will build The Northwood Fund, regularly solicit philanthropic gifts of increasing value from alumni and charitable friends, and create a sustainable and growing tradition of annual financial support.


  • Oversees Northwood University’s annual fund to coordinate solicitation of alumni and friends
  • Implements best practices in cooperation with Advancement Records in the supporting areas of gift processing, data management and donor relations as related to annual giving and the University as a whole
  • Actively prospects for new donors of Northwood University and understands that annual giving enables successful major gift and estate planning programs
  • Works within segments of Northwood University alumni populations to increase alumni participation rates
  • Creates and reinforces a culture of philanthropy on the flagship residential campus
  • Cultivates major gift prospects and solicits gifts to advance the mission of Northwood University
  • Engages faculty and staff to assist with alumni giving and major gift opportunities
  • Implements and manages events that fortify the bond between Northwood and its constituencies
  • Develops budget and manages Parent Program and Private Donor Scholarship Coordinator position
  • Leads the Phonathon and sets strategic goals for the parent program and the private donor scholarship program


  • Possess a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3 years of experience in a related field
  • Travel and work during evenings, weekends, mornings and in coordination with events (requires a valid driver’s license and must meet NU insurability standards)
  • Write effectively, concisely and according to Northwood University’s adopted style
  • Skillfully use Microsoft Office Suite programs and technology required for the position

The ideal candidate will have a strong attraction to Northwood University’s institutional philosophy known as the “Northwood Idea.”  More information about Northwood University’s philosophy, mission, and outcomes can be found at:

Competitive benefits package available including health, dental, and life insurance; retirement benefits; generous leave plan; flex spending plan; and tuition benefits for employee and family.

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