Director of Annual Giving

Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA / Cedar Rapids, IA Financial Services & Banking / Fundraising

Applications are being accepted for the full-time position of Director of Annual Giving. Responsibilities:

  • The Director of Annual Giving will organize, implement, supervise, and evaluate a comprehensive annual giving program.
  • This position also oversees the creation of communication materials (including, but not limited to, direct mail and digital annual giving campaigns) directed at donors;
  • designs and implements strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship and develops and tracks metrics to ensure Annual Giving goals are met;
  • manages, evaluates, coordinates, and provides direction for the Phonathon program;
  • coordinates and designs programming and efforts related to the annual Day of Giving; and works closely with Development colleagues to identify, cultivate, and steward annual giving.
  • This could include a portfolio of assigned leadership annual giving or volunteer prospects.


About Cornell College

Cornell College, a deeply student-focused selective liberal arts college, is distinguished by its One Course At A Time curriculum, a philosophy which allows students more opportunities for off-campus study, full-time internships, and research blocks. Academic immersion and unparalleled flexibility, thanks to the One Course Calendar, attract an ambitious student body from nearly all 50 US states and territories and many foreign countries. External endorsements include selection as one of the Colleges That Change Lives, a U.S. News Top 100 liberal arts college, and a Fiske Guide to Colleges Best Buy.


Cornell College is committed to fostering a faculty and staff community that reflects its diverse student body. We encourage applications from candidates who share our vision for a campus that embraces differing backgrounds, viewpoints, and identities. We believe in the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion that serve to enrich and strengthen our campus community.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of five years of related experience required. 

Preferred Skills

  • One or more years in fundraising, marketing, event planning, sales or public relations preferred. Excellent communication skills, including writing and presentation skills. Strong organizational and project management skills. Knowledge of liberal arts education.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, interact professionally in a variety of situations (in person and on the telephone). Ability to maintain confidentiality. Must have valid Iowa driver's license and be insurable to drive.


This position will remain open until filled, and applications will be reviewed as received. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references through Cornell's online application system.

Cornell is an AA/EO employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups. Cornell complies with Iowa's Smoke-free Air Act, participates in e-verify for verification of employment eligibility, and conducts background checks.


Job ID: 68945

Posted 24 days ago

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