Knox College invites applications for the position of K Club Coordinator reporting to the Executive Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving. The K Club is the athletic booster organization for Knox College athletics. The full-time, 12-month position will be responsible for marketing, alumni and parent engagement, and fundraising for the College’s 20 Prairie Fire intercollegiate athletic teams among alumni, parents, and other College constituents. The role works collaboratively with colleagues in Advancement (both fundraising and alumni engagement), the Office of Athletics, and the Office of Communications.
Knox College, a member of the Midwest Conference and NCAA Division III, is a vibrant community of scholar-teachers and students with a tradition of free inquiry, independent thought, and diverse perspectives. Competition in the Midwest Conference is intense and spirited, including the local rivalry between Knox and Monmouth College—the sixth-oldest athletic rivalry in the country.
That’s only part of the story, however. Knox College is also one of the 50 most diverse campuses in America. Founded by abolitionists in 1837, the College was among the first in the nation to admit women and students of color and has a historic commitment to keeping a high-quality education accessible to all students, regardless of financial means. The New York Times ranked Knox #16 on its 2017 College Access Index in recognition of its commitment to low- and middle-income students and its role as an engine of upward mobility. Forbes has included Knox in its annual Grateful Grads rankings for the last six years running. And, recently, U.S. News & World Report listed Knox among the top 50 U.S. colleges for “best undergraduate teaching.”
Knox athletes are student-athletes with a focus on achievement in the classroom, on the court or playing field and as community leaders. Institutional support for enhancing intercollegiate athletics is strong as an integral piece of a liberal arts education and experience for all students. Recent successes include a transformation of the men’s and women’s soccer programs resulting in multiple conference championships, NCAA tournament appearances, coach and player of the year awards, and a 2019 all-American. The 2017 football team had their best season since 2002, 2018 saw the first all-American at Knox in over 30 years in track & field, and both men’s and women’s basketball teams are off to their best start in over a decade in 2019-2020.
The K Club booster organization has been active for eight years with a significant upward trajectory both in engagement and dollars raised. This past year, the booster club surpassed $800,000 in gifts and more than 1,100 donors. The club made possible a state-of-the-art golf performance center and converted the College’s grass soccer field to the highest-grade synthetic turf. The successful candidate will continue these successes and grow engagement among a wider audience.
Responsibilities The role includes event planning and management; writing newsletters and engaging communications for a variety of social media platforms; and annual and team-based fundraising. The position will also serve as the staff coordinator of the new K Club Engagement Council. The role requires availability for travel up to 20% of the time with occasional overnight travel.
Fundraising The Coordinator will oversee all annual fundraising for the K Club, including the annual appeal, specific sports appeals, and meet face-to-face with and steward donors.
Alumni & Parent Engagement The Coordinator will manage engagement activities of the K Club Council, including messaging and social media posts, and plan and coordinate events both on and off campus including: team/sport reunions, tailgates, golf outings, and homecomings, and those tied to a conference or NCAA tournament. The Coordinator also will encourage letter winners and current parents to engage with student-athletes regarding careers and life after Knox.
Marketing The Coordinator will provide updates, graphics, talking points and social media posts to the Council, coaches, SID, and athletes to use in their social media accounts, while also being the editor of the K Club monthly e-newsletter, The FireWire.
Qualifications Bachelor's degree is required. Prior experience in fundraising, marketing and/or sales experience, preferably in higher education or athletic fundraising, highly desired. Some experience with collegiate athletics is desired; a commitment to the Division III philosophy of the student-athlete experience is required. A proficiency with various graphic design platforms will give the candidate an edge.
In addition, the successful candidate must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, collaborative, and teamwork skills, and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills along with a proficiency with current social media platforms. We seek an individual who is goal and achievement oriented; operates with enthusiasm and integrity; and demonstrates traits of good judgment, confidentiality, and discretion in communicating with colleagues and constituents.
Application To apply please complete the Knox College Employment Application by going to the link provided https://knoxhr.bamboohr.com/jobs/ . Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until filled. Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
Notice of Non-Discrimination Knox College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious affiliation, sexual orientation or preference, age, marital or family status, disability, veteran status, or other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in admission, financial aid, employment, athletics, or any other aspect of its educational programs or activities. Any inquiries regarding Title IX or the College’s policies that prohibit discrimination should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator or the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.
About Knox College
Knox College, a member of the Midwest Conference and NCAA Division III, is a vibrant
community of scholar-teachers and students with a tradition of free inquiry, independent thought,
and diverse perspectives. Knox athletes are student-athletes with a focus on achievement in the
classroom, on the court or playing field and as community leaders. Institutional support for
enhancing intercollegiate athletics is strong and recent successes include conference
championships in men’s and women’s soccer.