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Assistant Director, Annual Fund

Alumni Programs and Annual Fund

The Assistant Director of Annual Fund is a front-line alumni fundraising volunteer manager focusing on Alumni Fundraising for Reed’s Griffin and Essential Majority Initiatives and several Reunions class committees. This person also acts as a gift officer—responsible for cultivating, soliciting, stewarding a small pool of donors (around 100 alumni). They are also responsible for working with Reed alumni who graduated 24–39 years ago, and helping with overall volunteer marketing and stewardship. The Assistant Director will support our goal of increased alumni engagement and philanthropy by ensuring volunteers are engaged in meaningful work that will advance the college. They will also assist with annual fund fundraising through solicitations to specific populations. This position reports to the Director of Alumni Programs within the Alumni Programs and Annual Fund office.

The annual pay for this position is $50,000–$52,000. Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, 7 paid holidays, half-day Fridays in July and early August, and many campus amenities, such as library borrowing privileges, membership to the campus fitness center, and employee and spouse discounted TriMet bus passes.


  • You want to be a frontline fundraiser and enjoy developing relationships over time.
  • You have some professional fundraising experience, including asking people for money.
  • You have worked with fundraising volunteers before.
  • You enjoy working in teams but are also a self-motivated, proactive individual who takes responsibility for their goals.
  • You are a strategic and effective communicator, both verbally and in writing.
  • People who know you describe you as detail-oriented, empathetic, engaging, and as someone who inspires others to take action.
  • High performing is your motto; you have demonstrated success managing multiple projects while meeting deadlines.
  • You are energized by building and strengthening relationships.
  • Collaboration is key for you–both within teams and with the larger community.
  • You are a competent negotiator, effective listener, and skilled at thoughtful persuasion.


  • Provide volunteer management and administrative support for Alumni Fundraising for Reed’s Griffin and Essential Majority Initiatives and Working Groups, including, but not limited to, volunteer recruitment, management, training, and stewardship as well as Tributes & Libations on-campus outreach parties and the AFR Marketing Working Group.
  • Manage a portfolio of 100 alumni donors (cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship) through phone and electronic communications.
  • Provide volunteer management and logistical and administrative support for all regional fundraising events, as they arise.
  • Support Reunions by overseeing and supporting the recruitment, planning, fundraising, communication, and engagement efforts of several quinquennial classes.
  • Serve as the alumni office’s point of contact for alumni in cohort three (alumni who graduated 24–39 years ago).
  • Assist with annual fundraising by collaborating across all channels on Reed Leadership Circle and Essential Majority solicitations.


  • Three years of professional experience in fundraising or fundraising volunteer management.
  • One-on-one solicitation experience is a plus.
  • An understanding of the values, academic mission, and culture of small liberal arts colleges is highly preferred, although attendance at a liberal arts college is not required.


Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position contribute to achievement of your long-term professional goals?

As you apply online, you will be asked to provide an answer to the following: 

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Reed College’s goal is to reply to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.