Annual Giving Officer

Walla Walla, Washington State
Jun 20, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

diversity employer


The Annual Giving Officer works to activate, retain, and expand the financial support of alumni of Whitman College, particularly the graduates of the last decade (GOLD). This position focuses on the engagement of young alumni as well as the use of technology and data analysis to increase alumni participation and total dollars raised. The Annual Giving Officer will assist in staffing other areas of Annual Giving as needed. This position reports to the Director of Annual Giving.


1) Manages overall engagement, cultivation, solicitations, and stewardship for graduates of the last decade (GOLD) using mail, phone, email, web, and social media.
2) Manages online day(s) of giving and other emerging solicitation strategies and channels.
3) In collaboration with the Annual Giving Director, develops an annual calendar and operating plan targeted for young alumni to fit within the larger Annual Giving, Alumni Relations, and Development calendars and operating plans.
4) Identifies, recruits, trains, and manages volunteers, including class representatives and associate class representatives for the GOLD group.
5) Establishes and manages the leadership giving program for the GOLD group.
6) Working with the Office of Communications, assists with cultivation and fundraising outreach to alumni via social media platforms, with an emphasis on young alumni.
7) Partners with the Alumni Office to assist in their outreach to young alumni and recruitment of volunteers for regional events as well as the 5th and 10th reunions.
8) Annually evaluates the assigned activities and programs.
9) Completes other duties as assigned by the Director of Annual Giving.


Individuals must be able to explain and demonstrate that they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation:

1. Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines.

2. Exceptional customer service and follow-up.

3. Comfortable with fundraising work and preferably experienced with annual giving programs.

4. Ability to use data analysis in guiding strategic decisions such as segmentation strategies.

5. Ability to be self-motivated, accomplishing goals and objectives which will improve the Annual Giving programs.

6. Ability to work well with volunteers, staff, and students. Must possess excellent problem solving and communication skills (both oral and written).

7. Significant experience and knowledge of the Microsoft Suite, databases, social media, and online tools and ability to quickly learn new programs and provide technical support to other users.

8. Organizational skills, attention to details and ability to assume responsibility for completing projects efficiently.

9. The ability to analyze and utilize data to make data-driven decisions that inform new initiatives and shape strategies.

10. Good judgment in keeping private information confidential.

11. Possession of a valid U.S. driver’s license required. Some travel is required.

12. Willingness to work evenings and weekends as required.

Bachelor’s Degree required. Candidates should appreciate the value of a residential liberal arts and sciences education.