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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Posted: 03/01/2023
Assistant Director Alumni Affairs & Annual Giving

Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving

The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc.

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. (UTFI) is seeking a highly motivated professional to serve on the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) Advancement Team in Knoxville. Reporting to the UTIA Director of Advancement – College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) will serve as a liaison between CVM and its alumni, donors and potential donors, including grateful clients and “alumni in residence”.

The position’s focus will be to establish and maintain life-long connections between these constituents and the college, the institute, and the university. This mission will be accomplished by embracing technology, seeking robust and varied communication platforms, and communicating well (including face-to-face) with internal and external audiences.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, building and directing the alumni program and annual gift program for the College; making philanthropic asks of prospective donors, and the stewardship of constituents. The assistant director will be an integral part of planning and implementing a comprehensive advancement program (engagement, philanthropy, and advocacy) in support of the strategic goals and priorities of the college and the institute.

The ability to think creatively and act strategically will be critical to the success of this position. Managing a portfolio of 150 discovery and donor prospects, it is expected that the Assistant Director will average 15-20 face-to-face strategic visits and 1-3 gift solicitations per month.

Who We Are!

At the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, the Foundation supports alumni engagement, financial stewardship, and private gift support to help harness the creative energy of 650 PhD faculty, specialized staff, and gifted graduate students. UTFI supports them by providing a unique benefits package that includes:

  • Hybrid work schedule opportunity
  • Eligible for up to 24+ paid days off per year and 12 paid days off for holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Employee discounts such as Orlando theme parks and Biltmore
  • Full comprehensive benefits & retirement package, plus more!

Through the Office of Institutional Advancement, the UTIA partners with the UT Foundation, Inc. to enrich the lives of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University of Tennessee. This office coordinates activities and opportunities to engage with the entire agricultural community in respect to the land grant mission. With office locations in Knoxville, Spring Hill and Jackson, it mirrors the footprint of the Institute to best assist constituents. The UTIA Advancement Team’s motto is to serve by serving with you.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s with a minimum of three years or Master’s degree with a minimum of one year of experience in fundraising, sales, non-profit experience, communications, event management, or similar work.
  • A valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record is required due to travel responsibilities of the position. UT Foundation reserves the right to consider all appropriate circumstances. In general, any significant driving offense less than 12 months old will eliminate the application from consideration for the position.
  • The ability and willingness to travel and attend evening and weekend events and the ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment with minimal supervision are needed.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills are essential for this position. Excellent interpersonal skills, mature judgment, attention to detail, ability to serve a diverse constituency.
  • The ability to maintain strict confidentiality of donors and prospect information.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The ideal candidate will be highly supportive of and committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. To build a diverse workforce The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women. EEO/AA employer.

In order to be considered for candidacy, please include a cover letter and resume in addition to completing the on-line profile.  Applicants should complete the on-line profile in entirety to demonstrate the minimal education and experience required for this position. Incomplete profile information as it relates to the requirements listed will eliminate candidacy for this opportunity. Use keyword 23000000BG to apply to this position from the link below.


The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer.  All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the University of Tennessee Foundation’s legal duty to furnish information.