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Director of Annual Giving

The Director of Annual Giving’s primary responsibility is the strategic execution and management of a comprehensive annual giving program, including the coordination and support of initiatives in the areas of planned giving, development services, and alumni and church relations. 


Institutional Advancement


Full-time, salaried, exempt

Essential Functions

  • Manage the annual fund and associated activities (example: Cornerstone Day, phonathon)
  • Provide fundraising support to Institutional Advancement (campaign, endowment, phonathon)
  • Nurture a portfolio of current donors
  • Identify and cultivate a portfolio of prospective donors
  • Develop and maintain a close working relationship with the philanthropic community
  • Function as an active and supportive member of the advancement team and college community

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree required.  Preference given for experience in development or fundraising.

Certifications, Licenses, Registrations

CFRE preferred but not required

Skills Required

  • Must be comfortable requesting gifts on behalf of Bethel College
  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven ability to collaborate with board members, colleagues, donors, and volunteers
  • Understand the confidential nature of fundraising
  • Skilled in managing deadlines and multiple projects
  • Knowledgeable in the principles and ethics of successful fundraising
  • Attentive, resourceful, and flexible
  • Skilled with electronic communication and electronic donor tracking systems
  • Able to provide customer centered service

Physical Demands

Minimal lifting and reaching

Work Environment and Conditions

  • Position based in a standard office setting
  • Majority of interactions occur in varied community settings and donor homes
  • Team focused environment
  • Position involves travel, including overnight

Application Information

Starting in 2022, all new employees of Bethel College must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have an approved exemption.

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About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.