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Olympia, WA, United States
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The Evergreen State College
Olympia, Washington, United States
2 days ago


Special Note

This is a full-time, overtime-exempt project position on the Olympia campus of The Evergreen State College. This project position is funded for two years from the start date and may be eligible for extension beyond two years if funding continues to be available.


Position Purpose

This position is responsible for growing annual gift revenue, coordinating constituent programs, and deepening relationships through the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of alumni, donors, faculty, staff, and friends on behalf of the College and The Evergreen State College Foundation. The incumbent will utilize direct mail, digital, email, social media, leadership giving, giving day, and crowdfunding solicitation and stewardship tactics to meet fundraising and engagement goals.

Nature and Scope

This position reports to the Annual Giving Manager under general supervision to strategically increase annual giving and engagement rates among alumni, donors, and friends by promoting the Annual Fund, acquiring new and lapsed donors, and coordinating stewardship activities. This position collaborates with students, alumni, donors, friends, volunteers, Advancement staff, and units across campus employing industry best practices in utilizing annual giving tactics as cultivation opportunities to meet fundraising and engagement goals. As a frontline fundraiser, this position manages a portfolio of donors and is responsible for the continued growth of existing and prospective relationships to secure annual charitable support of gifts for Evergreen. In addition, this position is responsible for identifying and leading the work of student or temporary employees.

Equity Statement

For the Evergreen of today and tomorrow, we commit to acknowledging, addressing, and mitigating the impacts of systemic racism and oppression within our community, and within the fields of higher education and philanthropy. Cultivating diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging is at the heart of our work. Advancement celebrates and upholds diversity of experience, perspective, and identity as critical to our team's culture. Together, our team strives to create and maintain a working environment that is inclusive, equitable, and welcoming. We strive to be a model for equity and inclusion, and as such, this statement is only a part of Advancement’s efforts.


Essential Functions

Annual Giving

  • With leadership from the Annual Giving Manager, deliver annual fund programs for all constituents, including inviting identified donors to events and tracking responses, providing results and necessary data changes to others, and arranging meetings and performing logistical functions.
  • Lead Annual Giving solicitation and stewardship calling campaigns, the Anniversary Gift Appeal, stewardship email series, and others.
  • Create appeals through a variety of media to support the annual fund including direct mail, email, follow-up calls, and in person and virtual visits.
  • Provide input on donor segmentation strategy with the goal of creating a compelling case for support.
  • Evaluate the success and effectiveness of assigned activities using quantitative and qualitative data (retention, acquisition, etc.), measuring it against the identified purpose and across viable channels (e.g., Raisers Edge, Emma, etc.) and benchmark results against other projects and contribute to strategic planning for future tactics and make recommendations for improvement and/or change.
  • Participate in Annual Giving team strategy meetings and activities, including developing agendas, taking meeting minutes, engaging with coworkers, providing suggestions, utilizing data, etc.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of special projects, Annual Giving events, and campaigns.
  • Hire and supervise the work of student employees, including hiring, training, motivating, scheduling, evaluating, addressing performance issues, and investing in the development of employees.
  • Handle urgent and last-minute changes with tact and courtesy, ensuring successful coordination and execution of assigned activities.
  • Act as a designee for the Manager as needed.
  • Serve on committees as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Donor Engagement and Stewardship

  • Manage a portfolio of assigned prospects with an emphasis on annual fund gifts from identification through cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors face-to-face, by email, by mail, and by phone; work with major giving and alumni relations staff to maximize cultivation opportunities.
  • Coordinate the implementation of stewardship plans for a growing number of individual donors and for gift funds, including but not limited to, printed and digital communications, scholarship profiles, and broad and custom impact reports, and customized stewardship touches; contribute to the development and assessment of activities with guidance from the Manager.
  • Liaise directly with constituents about giving and the impact of philanthropy as needed.

Marketing and Communications

  • Create well-written and visually compelling communications, including but not limited to, email, direct mail, impact reports, videos, presentations, and other donor-centric materials that focus on fundraising and stewardship objectives; collaborate with Advancement staff and college professionals to ensure efficient production of materials.
  • Develop, edit, and review persuasive and informative copy for a variety of annual giving communications to internal and external audiences; identify and partner with students, staff, faculty, alumni, donors, and others on communications as needed.
  • Continually expand awareness, knowledge, and ability in applying diversity, equity, inclusion, and ethical storytelling practices to marketing and communications work; stay abreast of confidentiality protocols.
  • Incorporate industry best practices for Advancement communications and educate coworkers on best practices.
  • Assist with maintaining the Annual Giving communications calendar, including making revisions, ensuring accuracy, and keeping the Manager and appropriate staff informed.
  • Generate and coordinate timelines for communications; work closely with the Manager to integrate key messaging tailored to audiences in all materials.
  • Develop sophisticated segment approaches with Advancement staff to maximize philanthropic engagement for different constituent groups.
  • Generate lists for communications and submit data requests partnering with the Manager, Advancement Services and others to ensure accuracy and that data sets meet identified goals; coordinate review of lists by Development team and report on responses.
  • Maintain an inventory of communications and stewardship materials.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge and understanding of fundraising principles especially solicitation and stewardship; ability to identify and apply best practices and appropriate fundraising principles, methods, and techniques.
  • Ability to demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through continuous development, modeling inclusive behaviors, and proactively managing bias.
  • Ability and skill to successfully fundraise, including cultivate, solicit, and steward donors at all levels and continually advance skills in these areas.
  • Ability to interact and maintain effective relationships with a variety of constituents.
  • Knowledge of Raisers Edge and related databases to maximize annual fundraising success.
  • Knowledge of mail, electronic, and social media solicitation and stewardship strategies and implementation.
  • Strong human relations, public presentation, organizational, and motivational skills.
  • Ability to successfully represent Advancement and The Evergreen State College Foundation to internal and external constituents.
  • Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement approved recommendations.
  • Ability to think critically and creatively while aligning work with strategic plans and goals.
  • Excellent judgement and the ability to coordinate, implement, and evaluate annual giving strategies with guidance.
  • Exceptional copywriting and copyediting skills, including the ability to write persuasively for print and online.
  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to assess and analyze trends from quantitative and qualitative data to take initiative and independently plan, organize, coordinate, and perform work in various situations where numerous and diverse demands are involved.
  • Ability to gather information effectively by means of interviews and/or donor database research for stewardship and other communications purposes.
  • Effective project management, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Exceptional at organization and prioritization within a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, including the ability to meticulously manage multiple projects, schedules, and workflows.
  • Self-motivated and proactive in taking initiative and being reliable and resourceful.
  • Ability to think systematically and navigate change.
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with others.
  • Ability to design and develop email campaigns and messaging using advanced software, such as Mailchimp, Constant Contact, Emma, or similar.
  • Skilled in the use of websites and social media in a professional setting.
  • Ability to lead innovative process improvement efforts and develop new approaches and solutions.
  • Knowledge of new technologies used in fundraising and willingness to explore and deliver new approaches to engaging donors using new technology.
  • Strong functional knowledge of and skill in using office equipment, software, and programs, such as Microsoft Office, Teams, Zoom, Adobe Creative Suite, content management systems, and donor databases.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of college and constituent information.
  • Skill in and ability to provide administrative support and act as the Manager’s designee in their absence.
  • Ability to hire and supervise the work of student employees, including hiring, training, motivating, scheduling, evaluating, addressing performance issues, and investing in the development of employees.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent education and experience.
  • Progressively responsible experience coordinating fundraising, development, and/or constituent engagement programs.

Desired Qualifications

  • One year of individual constituent fundraising experience, preferably in a college or university setting.
  • Experience working in higher education, non-profit, or similar complex setting.
  • Experience with relational databases (Raisers Edge preferred).
  • Applicable experience in one or more of the following fields: fundraising/non-profit, alumni or student programs, public relations, or communications.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must provide proof of identity and employment eligibility within three days of beginning work.
  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.
  • Prior to an official offer of employment, a Declaration Regarding Sexual Misconduct form must be submitted to the college per RCW 28B.112.080. The college will contact current and past employers to verify this information. Applicants who provide inaccurate information in their declaration will be disqualified and, if the inaccuracies are discovered after the applicant has been hired, it shall be grounds for termination.
  • Employees must comply with college policies related to masking and vaccination requirements, as well as Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, which requires employees of the college to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have received a medical or religious exemption prior to the first day of work.
  • Must be able to work evenings, weekends, in-person, or remotely, as approved, and travel as necessary.
  • This position is eligible for occasional telework.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 65158598
  • Location:
    Olympia, Washington, United States
  • Position Title: Annual Giving Officer
  • Company Name For Job: The Evergreen State College
  • Industry: 4-Year College or University/Higher Education Institution
  • Job Function: Advancement Services,
    Annual Fund & Giving,
    Constituent Relations,
    Donor Relations & Stewardship
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: Mid-Career
  • Required Travel: 10-25%
  • Salary: $56,352.00 - $73,260.00 (Yearly Salary)

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