Jobs at Prescott College

Director for advancement and Alumni Relations


Job ID#: 17-1206
Department: Development
Job Type: Administrator - Full-time
Date Posted: Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Position Fill Date: Open until filled
Reports to: President

Job Summary   (Return to top)

Founded in 1966, Prescott College is proud to celebrate its rich 50-year history of offering experientially centered undergraduate and graduate degrees both on campus and via distance learning.

Undergraduate students work closely with individual graduation committees to design their own degree plans, pulling from seven study areas: adventure education; arts and humanities; cultural and regional studies; environmental studies and sustainability; interdisciplinary studies; psychology, counseling, and human development; and education. Graduate programs include adventure education, arts and humanities, counseling, education, environmental studies, social justice and community organizing, expressive arts therapy, adventure-based psychotherapy, ecopsychology, and equine-assisted mental health.

Noted as a College of Distinction, one of the Best 382 Colleges by the Princeton Review, one of the top ten Most Innovative Small Colleges, one of the Best Value Colleges in Arizona, one of the Best Online Master’s in Counseling, one of the Best Value Master’s in Counseling programs, one of the 13 most interesting institutions by the Fiske Guide, and a veteran supportive campus by the Arizona Department of Veterans Services. Collaboration is emphasized over competition and interdisciplinary inquiry proceeds alongside professional skill development. Its courses are problem-based and solution-oriented; students work together to solve both local and global issues and help shape a more environmentally sustainable and socially just world.

The Prescott College campus is located in the mountain town of Prescott, Arizona, nestled between the ponderosa forests and grasslands at the confluence of the Granite Creek watershed.  The mile-high city is ranked a Top Adventure Town by National Geographic Adventure Magazine, and one of the 7 Top Trail Towns according to Trail Runner Magazine. With over 450 miles of multi-use trails, world-class mountain-biking, a thriving rock-climbing scene, and nearby lakes for kayaking and canoeing, Prescott is an outdoor paradise. The Grand Canyon, Phoenix, Flagstaff, and the red rocks of Sedona are all within a two-hour drive. The historic downtown is just minutes from campus.

Essential Responsibilities   (Return to top)


The Director for Advancement and Alumni Relations works with the President to develop and implement major donor fundraising strategies. This person supervises activities of Advancement employees, is first point of contact for alumni, coordinates/promotes alumni activities, identifies and engages high value alumni prospects, liaises with alumni association, assists with all major gift activity including grant support as necessary, produces Annual Report, conceptualizes and oversees any planned giving, endowment, or lifetime giving outreach, and coordinate all Advancement/Alumni-related events on-campus and off as needed.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Develops an annual Advancement communications plan within budget guidelines, in partnership with Assistant Director. Works with the President to create and build up major donor giving clubs.
  • Qualify potential major donors and moves them to prospect status through research and cultivation.
  • Work collaboratively with other departments to create customized solicitation strategies matching the objectives of Prescott College.
  • Supervise, review and assure the accuracy of donor records in databases.
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with donors for the benefit of Prescott College, using the ability to “tell the Prescott College story” and connect with prospective donors with emotional intelligence and integrity.
  • Support the President’s fundraising efforts as needed.
  • Plan and participate in internal and external community events that facilitate networking to a broader audience.
  • Copy write and/or edit all Major Gifts, Annual Fund, and Planned Giving materials.
  • Works with a graphic designer and vendors to conceptualize and produce Annual Report.
  • Contribute Advancement-related content to the all-College social media platforms.
  • Compile and distribute “alumni and friends” e-newsletter.
  • Manage and post to online social networks and PC website alumni pages.
  • Communicate with alumni on behalf of other internal departments as necessary.
  • Develop and implement new-grad engagement activities and materials.
  • Provide direction and leadership for the PCAA Board.
  • Develop and implement alumni engagement activities/events (current examples include PCAA Board, Desert Star Awards, Order of the Javelina Awards, Alumni Sharing Knowledge Network, Alumni Recruitment, and multiple benefits programs).
  • Coordinate Alumni Directory.
  • Conceptualize, organize and attend* alumni gatherings, special events, and Alumni Reunions. *May require travel.
  • Oversees prospect research on alumni and other potential donors.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Provides staff support for the Development Committee of the Board.
  • Coordinates College-wide fundraising activities and campaigns.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience   (Return to top)


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in a discipline related to communications, marketing, promotions or similar program.
  • Experienced in fundraising, preferably as a major gifts officer.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • May consider an equivalent combination of work experience and education.
  • Database experience - Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge preferred.
  • Constituent Management experience desirable.
  • Self-motivated with a service orientation.
  • Mature judgment, political acumen and diplomacy in handling sensitive and/or confidential matters.
  • Results and detail focused.
  • Good communications skills.
  • Proven planning and organizing skills.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Ability to cope and adapt to changing priorities and stressful conditions.
  • Good time management skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Flexibility with work schedules including evenings, holidays and weekends.
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment.
  • Maintain a high energy level and positive attitude, communicate effectively, and manage multiple priorities.

Minimum Requirements   (Return to top)

Physical Demands: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and color vision.

Work Environment: 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Prescott College is committed to Equal Opportunity Employment and supports excellence through diversity.   We encourage qualified applicants from historically underrepresented groups along with Veterans and AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni to participate in our recruitment efforts.