Job Summary

The Director of Annual Giving is responsible for the strategic execution and management of a comprehensive annual giving program designed to increase unrestricted gifts, serve as a foundation for major and planned gifts, support the overall development and campaign goals of the College, and ensure that Millsaps remains competitive among peers as measured externally by dollars raised and number of donors retained. This position is full-time equivalent with evening and weekend requirements. The Director of Annual Giving reports to the Executive Director of Alumni and Parent Relations.

Job Duties

  • Establish goals for all programs within the Annual Giving Campaign and build strategic and tactical plans for achieving those goals.
  • Plan and implement Show Your Love, Millsaps College’s annual giving day campaign traditionally held in February.
  • Plan and implement Campaign for Annual Leadership Gifts ($1,000 – $25,000) consisting of direct mail, phone, and face-to-face solicitation by staff and volunteers.
  • Manage a portfolio of alumni, parent, and friend Presidents Society donors / prospects ($1,000+).
  • Develop coordinated Annual Fund solicitation and stewardship strategies and materials involving direct mail, email, telephone contacts, personal visits, social media communication, and volunteer engagement – all focused on establishing a sustainable tradition of annual support.
  • Work effectively with the Associate Vice President for Advancement Operations (AVP) to develop a strategic communications and stewardship plan for the Annual Fund.
  • Work effectively with AVP and Manager of Development Information Systems (MDIS) to create a marketing segmentation plan for soliciting donors/prospects as well as systemizing benchmarking and data analysis reports.
  • Work effectively with Major Gift Officers to build strategies for securing leadership annual fund gifts and moving annual fund donors to higher levels.
  • Work effectively with the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations to recruit social media ambassadors and giving volunteers, implement reunion year solicitation plans, and increase alumni participation through Presidents Society stewardship events.
  • Create, develop, and sustain an effective volunteer component within the annual giving program including, but not limited to, reunion year giving, social media ambassadors, and student volunteers.
  • With campus partners, plan and implement Student Philanthropy Week, to be held in conjunction with annual Show Your Love campaign.
  • Direct and supervise the Annual Fund yearly budget.
  • Assist with Institutional Advancement and campus wide events as necessary.
  • Other duties assigned by the Executive Director of Alumni and Parent Relations.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or an equivalent mix of education and experience.
  • Minimum of three years successful experience in fundraising or related fields, preferably annual giving programs.
  • Proven experience in face-to-face gift solicitations with track record of success.
  • Goal-oriented with ability to provide direction, supervision, and motivation to staff and volunteers.
  • Strong oral / written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills with a demonstrated record of completing projects and meeting deadlines.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to successfully manage multi-functional areas.
  • Self-motivated with a strong work ethic.
  • Strong decision-making skills, ability to work with confidential information; tact and discretion are essential.
  • Ability to maintain open working relationships and interact successfully with a broad sector of people in the internal and external community of Millsaps.

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Manual dexterity needed for keyboarding and other repetitive tasks.
  • Must be able to lift and move up to 25 pounds without assistance.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates should email a copy of their resume and a letter of interest to No phone calls please.

About Millsaps

Millsaps College is a selective institution of higher education located on 100 beautiful acres in the heart of Jackson, the capital of Mississippi — a progressive southern metropolitan city of nearly half a million. Millsaps is dedicated to academic excellence, open inquiry and free expression, the exploration of faith to inform vocation and the innovative shaping of the social, economic and cultural progress of the region. The college was founded in 1890 by members of the Methodist Church and is consistently ranked as one of the best values in higher education.

Millsaps has an enrollment of approximately 750 students and employs 80 full-time faculty members. The faculty/student ratio at Millsaps is 1:9, and the average class size is 14. Millsaps has graduated 25 Fulbright Award recipients, seven Rhodes Scholars, six Goldwater Scholars and two Truman Scholars. Millsaps is a member of the NCAA Division III and Southern Athletic Association and competes in 18 intercollegiate sports.

EEO Statement

Millsaps College values diversity within our students, faculty and staff, and strives to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people. Millsaps College does not discriminate in employment on the bases of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and/or local laws.

All offers of employment will be contingent on successful completion of a background check and verification of employment. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Millsaps College provides a competitive benefits package.

It is the policy of Millsaps College to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities for employment. If you require any accommodations to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact

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