The Assistant Athletic Director for Development & Community Relations offers an opportunity to join the Lafayette Athletics Development & Community Relations team and assist in the management of the athletic department’s fundraising efforts. The Assistant Athletic Director for Development & Community Relations will report to the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development & Community Relations. The position will be responsible for executing annual athletic fundraising initiatives and athletic donor relations events including both the Maroon Club Hall of Fame and Maroon Club Golf Outing. This position will assist the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development & Community Relations to set overall vision and strategy for fundraising and events for Lafayette’s 23 varsity sports.

Primary responsibilities:

  •  Assist the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development & Community Relations to develop a comprehensive strategy for the annual solicitation of prospects to benefit the College’s Athletic Department and specific athletic teams.
  • Provide oversight and coordination of event management, newsletters, correspondence, and other communications with boards and volunteers, prospective donors, and existing donors.
  • Coordinate and execute athletics fundraising efforts as part of the College’s comprehensive campaign
  • Work directly with coaching staff in developing fundraising strategies for our 23 sports programs
  • Focus on annual fund activities for the Maroon Club which includes oversight of print and digital appeals and communication pieces.
  • Plan and develop strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospective donors.
  • Participate as a member of the College’s Development team
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  •  Bachelor’s Degree required. Highly energetic and engaging individual with at least 2 years of fundraising experience or 3 years of related experience (i.e., marketing, sales) within an intercollegiate athletics environment. The position requires exceptional organizational and analytical thinking skills, a demonstrated capacity to develop relationships with a diverse community, and the ability to engage and motivate prospects and volunteers.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills necessary for building relationships with external (donors, prospects, Trustees) and internal (faculty, staff, colleagues) constituents.
  • Ability to work with a variety of personalities and to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability and willingness to travel and manage a complex work schedule (including commitments during the evening, weekends, and holidays)
  • High level of energy and enthusiasm combined with a commitment to execute the mission and vision of the College and the department.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office is essential as well as familiarity with web-based interfaces and fundraising Knowledge of and commitment to uphold NCAA and Patriot League rules and regulations are required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  •  Three or more years of athletic fundraising experience
  • Experience in planning and executing major events
  • Fundraising experience towards a comprehensive, multi-year campaign.

Application Process:

Review of applications to begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest indicating the exact position, resume, and a list of at least three references

Lafayette College is a private, undergraduate-only institution offering programs across the arts, sciences, and engineering on a coeducational, residential campus rich in history and beauty. Lafayette is located in Easton, PA within 70 miles of New York and Philadelphia. As part of the culturally vibrant Lehigh Valley with neighboring cities Bethlehem and Allentown, Easton is home to a dynamic restaurant culture, annual festivals, a historic farmers’ market, and arts institutions. Lafayette Athletics, as a partner in the mission of the College, provides an incredibly effective learning experience for student-athletes through competitive NCAA Division I athletics. Lafayette sponsors 23 varsity sports with approximately 580 student-athletes.

Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community, one that is inclusive and responsive and supportive of each and all of its faculty, students, and staff. All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining and developing a learning environment where difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced.