At MU Foundation, you will experience firsthand the power of Mountie generosity. The professional staff and volunteers who support the Foundation's mission are a talented, spirited group who has a passion for advancing the strategic direction of Mansfield University.

MU Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, separate from the university and the State of Pennsylvania. We are the official foundation for raising and managing private resources on behalf of MU.

We seek people who share our commitment to our mission of building philanthropic support for a greater Mansfield University.


Associate Director of the Annual Fund

In coordination with Executive Director, this position for developing and implementing comprehensive annual giving program that includes the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of annual gifts from trustees, boars, alumni, parents and friends, including personal solicitations, telemarketing and director mail. This position works in a donor-centers environment dedicated to advancing the mission of Mansfield University.

Principle Accountabilities:

  • Assists Executive Director in planning and implementing a strategic plan of action with objectives, timelines and evaluation plans for the Annual Fun program that includes identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of constituents.

  • Coordinate annual giving with other specialty constituents, such as trustees and alumni board members in a sophisticated and effective fashion.

  • Oversee special annual giving programs including faculty/staff campaigns, student giving programs, and the Mountie Club.

  • Serves as primary liaison to the Student Philanthropy Council.

  • Manages and implements the class reunion gift effort including a strategic plan of action and identifying, recruiting, training and soliciting alumni volunteers and class members; solicits leadership gifts to the reunion efforts, sets goals for each class, and works in coordination with Alumni Relations Department..

  • In coordination with the Executive Director, formulate and execute a communications program supporting annual giving.

  • Coordinates the Foundation's annual gift societies, including tracking donor acquisition and renewals, managing memberships, assisting with stewardship activities and working with the Executive Director on appropriate solicitation of prospects.

  • Identifies annual fund donors and prospects between $500 and $5,000 range with a focus on increasing annual gifts. Make recommendations for movement of assigned donors to major gift prospect tracking.

  • Uses development database and report writing software to retrieve data. Performs comprehensive analysis and manipulation related to all aspects of the Annual Fund program. Uses statistics to evaluate current Annual Fund programs and to make recommendations for program changes. 

  • Assists the Advancement Services Coordinator in developing computerized systems and records that provide proper documentation and tracking of Annual Fund operations.

  • Ensures open communication with Executive Director regarding contact of potential donors.

  • Assists in planning special events.

  • Oversees timely donor acknowledgements, including thank you letters.

  • Assists in overseeing function of the Advancement Services Coordinator.

  • Implement an annual fall scholarship donor event.

  • Assists Executive Director in preparing Annual Report.

  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of University programs and priorities and works directly with University Departments including Alumni Relations. 


Bachelor's degree required. Strong managerial, leadership and supervisory skills necessary. Demonstrated organization and communication skills as well as ability to work with and motivate other development professionals and volunteers. Excellent skill and understanding of computer and constituent software required. Ability to work independently and within a team environment. Willingness and ability to travel and to work nights and weekends, as required. Five years of fundraising and/or educations experience required.

  • Ability to work cooperatively to achieve common goals; support cooperation, collaboration and the sharing of information while providing the best quality product available and continuously upgrade standards to maintain quality, in all areas of responsibility.

  • Ability to provide direction and motivation to others through communication, modeling appropriate behavior, optimism and high achievement.

  • Understanding of database management, gift processing and donor relations.

  • Openness to new ideas and their implementation. Ability to react and adapt to changing situations appropriately.

  • Ability to listen carefully to and understand customers' needs, both internally and externally, and proactively respond to those needs in a consistent and timely manner.

  • Demonstrated analytical and fund raising skills with the ability to recognize opportunities, identify critical, high pay-off activities and prioritize them to attain goals.

  • Should be comfortable in a small, team based environment, occasionally pitching in with other development and alumni relations work as needed.

Physical Demands

  • Works under pressure to meet organizational needs and deadline

  • Long periods of time sitting and using office equipment and computers.

  • Must be able to travel

  • Lifts up to 25 pounds without assistance; lifts greater than 25 pounds with assistance.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the incumbent(s) of this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required of this position.


Mansfield University Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.