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Associate Director of Development, Leadership Annual Giving

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: University Advancement

Position Title Associate Director of Development, Leadership Annual Giving
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department University Advancement supports Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position This full-time, permanent position reports to the Director of Development for Annual Giving and Alumni Memberships. This position is crucial to meeting the mission of Western Washington University as one of four Annual Giving Team members responsible for raising $3.8 million in annual gifts from more than 8,000 donors and 5,000 alumni memberships. The Associate Director is responsible for the identification, qualification, engagement and solicitation of WWU Donors between $1,000-$24,999. They will be expected to utilize multiple channels (in-person/phone/email/online, events, regional travel, etc.) to connect with donors at this tier and build the broader WWU donor pipeline. Additionally, this position will work closely with central Advancement programs (President’s Society, Donor Relations, Events, WWU Alumni Association) as well as academic unit development leaders.

Typical Position duties/responsibilities include:

  • Manage a portfolio of ~150 Leadership Annual Giving Prospects
  • Identification and Qualification of Leadership Annual Gift Prospects ($1,000 - $24,999) through in-person and phone visits.
  • Solicitation of Leadership Annual Gifts through in-person visits, phone calls and personalized gift proposals.
  • Cultivation and Stewardship of Leadership Annual Gift Prospects using the University Advancement database and tools such as Linked-In and Facebook, prepare and present personalized impact reports and other engagement and stewardship activities.
  • Qualification of Major Gift Prospects-Using research and strategic questions, determine if and when prospects have the capacity and interest in making a major gift ($25,000+) and hand the relationship off to the appropriate Development Officer. 
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Three years related experience (i.e. fundraising, alumni relations or another related field such as sales, public relations, event management, etc.)
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to cultivate work environments that are equitable and inclusive for individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to travel at least once a week both within Washington State and regionally throughout the United States, as well as attend evening and weekend events on occasion
  • Proficient using MS Office Suite
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that include professional communication, relationship building, and the ability to clearly and concisely present information
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate in a team environment
  • Demonstrated ability organizing, managing and prioritizing multiple projects and programs simultaneously and paying close attention to detail
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working with board members and volunteers
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze statistics and prepare reports
  • Understanding of donor development cycle, annual and major gift and campaign fundraising
  • Experience working in the higher education environment
Salary $54,760 - $63,890 commensurate experience, including an excellent benefits package.
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.  Please submit a one-page statement detailing your demonstrated commitment and ability to cultivate work environments that are equitable and inclusive for individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins September 30, 2019; position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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