Director of the Olin Fund

Normal Work Hours: 40 hours per week (Mon.- Fri.)
Department: Office of Strategic Communications (OSCOM)                                 
Immediate Supervisor: VP Marketing and Communication

About the position

Olin College of Engineering seeks employees who are passionate about working collaboratively within and outside of the Olin community to support the College’s mission and vision for the future.

At Olin, we are educating the next generation of engineering innovators and shifting the definition of engineering. Not only do our students ask, “Who are we designing this for, and what are their values?” They also ask questions about the impact of their work on society.

As Olin evolves under the leadership of our new president, Dr. Gilda Barabino, we seek to become a more diverse and aware community, a place where everyone is a learner and where everyone is an educator. Olin will become a place where experimentation—including making and learning from mistakes—will be embraced across the institution, not just in the classroom. Collaboration is key to Olin’s curriculum and culture, and we will work intentionally to reinforce the values and culture to which we aspire. We are a community that thrives on being together; we value trust. The College supports teams to collaboratively decide how they can best do their work, display a commitment to the community, all while providing individuals with overall work-life-flexibility.

This is an extraordinary time at Olin College. Olin is a recognized leader in the transformation of engineering education. As part of a new strategic plan, Olin will broaden its ambitions to advance engineering as a bridge to equity, opportunity, and progress for humanity on a global scale. Under the leadership of new president Gilda Barabino, Olin is reimagining its fundraising and outreach strategy to mirror the College’s entrepreneurial, creative, and team-oriented culture.

The Olin Fund is a vital to Olin’s mission. The College is looking for an experienced, collaborative, and dynamic leader to develop and implement the strategy for the Olin Fund.

The annual fund program includes direct mail, digital communications, calling program, reunion giving, leadership annual giving and social crowdfunding. The Director will have front-line fundraising responsibilities for a select list of parent and alumni donors.

Olin was founded with an extraordinary act of philanthropy 20 years ago and has some of the highest alumni and parent participation rates in the country. The Director will work closely with faculty, staff, trustees, and volunteers to build on this foundation. The Director reports to the Vice President of Marketing and Communications and will be an integral part of Olin’s fundraising success.

  • Create, implement, and evaluate an annual fund program to build a growing and sustainable base of support for the college.
  • Refine and evaluate a multi-channel marketing and engagement program to acquire, re-activate, retain, and upgrade annual donors with a focus on expanding our base of support.
  • Work closely with the Director of Constituent Relations and partners across the college to establish a culture of philanthropy that begins during the student experience and continues into lifetime engagement and giving.
  • Develop and regularly report on progress of Key Performance Indicators for annual giving, including goals for acquisition, retention, and upgrades and adjust strategies to achieve goals.
  • Manage a portfolio of leadership annual giving prospects in the $5,000+ range
  • Identify and leverage college-wide opportunities to increase overall giving and participation among alumni, parents, students, faculty, and friends.
  • Partner with the Director of Constituent Relations to ensure that annual giving and engagement communication and outreach is coordinated and consistent.
  • Oversee all budgets and operations related to annual giving, including an annual assessment of return on investment
  • Ensure the integrity and confidentiality of all data, in partnership with others across the College.
  • Promote an environment and relationships within the campus community that will reflect inclusion and respect for diversity and equitable practices.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Marketing and Communications.
  • Strategic Thinking - Keeps the College’s strategic objectives in mind when developing and contributing to plans and initiatives for fundraising and donor engagement. Is able to explain the link between program goals and the College’s strategic direction. Makes informed decisions based on a clear understanding of the impact and consequences involved. Considers key financial factors (e.g., budget, revenue, resources) when making decisions.
  • Change Adaptability - Stays focused on work and responsibilities in a changing work environment. Ability to quickly reprioritize to ensure resources (e.g., staff, systems, tools, etc.) are in place to achieve change objectives. Responds positively and is supportive of change initiatives.
  • Communication and Networking - Articulates thoughts clearly and offers logical arguments to gain acceptance of an idea in a positive manner. Consistently communicates to colleagues and/or supervisor ensuring that everybody is well informed. Proactively builds informal networks at own level and uses them to drive results.
  • Drive for Results - Actively supports the continuous improvement of policies to reduce inefficiencies and better achieve goals. Respectfully holds people accountable for the quality of their work and minimal errors. Strives to achieve challenging goals and works through obstacles.
  • This position requires skills typically acquired through a bachelor’s degree and at least 7+ years of professional communication/fundraising experience, but other combinations of education, experience and skills will be considered.
  • Proven track record of success in implementing fundraising plans at a mission-driven organization, non-profit, college, or other large-scale institution of that size and complexity.
  • Demonstrated experience with frontline fundraising.
  • Adept at working with data and metrics in measuring fundraising
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills while adhering to deadlines and production schedules.
  • A self-starter with a clear sense of priorities and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and cultivating volunteers and donors.
  • Experience with fundraising database software.
  • Travel required

Please complete this Interest in Position Form and include:

  • A current CV or resume, including contact information for three (3) references.
  • An Olin-specific cover letter. Tell us why you are excited to join Olin and how your experience might contribute to the vibrancy of Olin’s community.
  • A description of your professional work or a portfolio (if applicable).  

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Olin College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.