Director - Philanthropy

Job description

Position Title:

Director - Philanthropy

Posting Number:


Classification Title:


Working Title:

Director - Philanthropy

Classification Code:


RCW Exemption Criteria:

22 - Development

EWU Position Number:


CUPA Code:

P-437100 - Head of Development, College/Division


Exempt - Administrative

Bargaining Unit :


% Full Time:


Salary / Wage Range:

AE - 112

Salary Information:

$70,000 – $90,000

Anticipated Start Date:

As soon as possible

Term of Appointment:



Cheney, WA



Background Check:

Yes - Both

Responsible HR User:

Vara Lyn Conrath

Responsible HR User Email address:

[email protected]

Job Summary:

  • Eastern Washington University is currently seeking a Director of Philanthropy. Join our incredible team of fundraisers who actively engage alumni and the community for the purpose of raising money for visionary initiative supporting students and the growth of educated citizen’s in our region. This position is responsible for working with University leadership to identify priorities and solicit gifts greater than $10,000. The ideal candidate will have two or more years of professional fundraising experience or experience in a related field. They will also have two or more years’ experience developing and increasing a network of donors and/or clients. The candidate must excel in communication, organization, creativity, and have a keen ability to juggle multiple tasks that include donor development and administrative functions.
  • Travel is required for donor visits, primarily utilizing personal vehicle for visits in Eastern Washington region.
  • On top of salary, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, life and disability insurance and retirement. In addition, EWU offers generous vacation and sick leave accruals, 11 paid holidays per year and fringe benefits, such as tuition waiver for employees, discounted EWU sports tickets and free transportation through STA buses.

About Eastern Washington University:

Eastern Washington University is a regional, comprehensive public university located in Cheney and Spokane, Washington, with programs offered throughout the state and online with an enrollment of over 12,000 students. Eastern is one of six state-funded four-year institutions of higher education in Washington reporting to its own Board of Trustees.

Eastern’s 300-acre main campus is located in Cheney, a community of 11,000 residents 16 miles southwest of the state’s second largest city, Spokane. Eastern also offers programs in downtown Spokane at the Brand new Catalyst building and on the Riverpoint Campus which is shared with Washington State University. Eastern also offers program throughout the state based on the needs of the community. Eastern offers an array of bachelor’s and master’s degrees and one applied doctorate in physical therapy. EWU offers 135 fields of study, 9 master’s degrees, 12 graduate certificates, 39 graduate programs, 1 educational specialist degree, and 1 applied doctorate to more than 10,000 enrolled students.

Diversity Statement:

EWU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, age, marital status, families with children, protected veteran or military status, HIV or hepatitis C, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, as provided for and to the extent required by state and federal laws.

Conditions of Employment:

  • This position, during the course of university employment will be involved in the receipt of, or accountability for, university funds or other items of value; as well as the unsupervised access with the developmentally disabled, vulnerable adults or children under the age of 16. The offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion and passing of a background check prior to beginning employment.

Physical Demands :

  • If you would like to obtain a copy of the Essential Functions Analysis form, which describes the physical and mental demands of the position, please contact Vara Lyn Conrath at [email protected]

Pre-Placement Physical :


Hearing Test :


Medical Monitoring Post Hire :


Protective Equipment :

University, local, regional and state mandates for public and personal protection should be followed as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Two or more years of professional experience in fundraising or related areas.
  • Two or more years professional experience developing and increasing network of donors and/or clients.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Two or more years of professional experience marketing the mission and vision an organization.
  • Familiarity with database computer systems and applications.
  • Valid drivers license and willingness to travel and work odd hours and weekends.
  • Candidates must demonstrate interest, ability and/or experience promoting cultural competency and/or diversity.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in Higher Education fundraising or development.
  • Experience with volunteer boards and committees.
  • Public relations or marketing experience.
  • Strong, professional network base in Pacific Northwest region.

Work Schedule Type:


Work Schedule:

  • Normal business hours are Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. Position will require evening and weekend work. Travel required (at least four days per month).

Posting Date:


Open Until Further Notice:


Screening to Begin:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

It is strongly recommended that you print a copy of these instructions and the position posting before you begin to complete the online application, as the instructions will not be viewable once you begin the application process.
1.Attach a detailed cover letter in which you explain how you meet each of the required qualifications [and preferred qualifications, if applicable]. It is preferred that you provide that information in a bulleted list or within a table within your cover letter.
2.Attach a chronological resume including work history and major duties, education, and any specialized training or skills related to the position. Please list at least 3 professional references including: names, titles, organization name, phone numbers, email addresses, and connection to you (these can be identical to the references listed on the application).
3.Complete the online application form and respond to the online questions, if applicable.
4.Diversity Response – As an equal opportunity employer with a multicultural staff and student population, we are interested in how your qualifications prepare you to work with diverse faculty, staff, and student populations representing various cultures and backgrounds that may be different from your own. You will be asked to attach a diversity response as part of the online application process: Please describe how you will apply an approach that is supportive to the diverse needs, including universal access, of our students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Application Types Accepted:


% of Time:


Responsibility / Duty:

Initiate and coordinate major giving efforts for University priorities by utilizing the Moves Management approach, working with a donor pool of 75-150 prospects on an annual basis. Match interests of donors with areas of University or College/Division priority. Complete target of 200 plus face-to-face prospect visits each year. Present major gift proposals for support.

Essential Function Indicator:


% of Time:


Responsibility / Duty:

Involve and work with University President, Vice President for Advancement, Deans and/or Department chairs in solicitation of major gifts as appropriate. Become an expert with programs across the university.

Essential Function Indicator:


% of Time:


Responsibility / Duty:

Attend regular prospect management meetings and other advancement activities in order to further the success of the University Advancement team.

Essential Function Indicator:


% of Time:


Responsibility / Duty:

With assistance of prospect research personnel, prioritize prospective donors to the university.

Essential Function Indicator:


% of Time:


Responsibility / Duty:

Work with centralized areas for support with other opportunities through annual giving, planned giving and athletics.

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Job No:
Posted: 6/10/2021
Application Due: 9/8/2021
Work Type: Full Time