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Annual Giving Leadership Gift Officer

University of Puget Sound
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jun 29, 2022

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement
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Annual Giving Leadership Gift Officer
University of Puget Sound
Job ID: 6369
Location: Annual Giving Office
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Staff Posting Details
Appointment: regular, full-time, (1.0) FTE.

Position Summary:

The leadership gift officer serves as annual giving's principal gift officer. The leadership gift officer maintains an annual portfolio of Puget Sound Fund leadership-level gift prospects and solicits gifts for amounts between four- and six-figures. This position works closely with colleagues in the offices of capital giving and university relations research to fuel the leadership donor pipeline. The leadership gift officer also manages fifteen years of alumni Class Agent volunteers. The leadership gift officer reports to the Director of Annual Giving.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

Leadership Level Gift Solicitation
  • Manage an annual portfolio of Puget Sound Fund leadership-level gift prospects.
  • Make 100 gift solicitations annually for Puget Sound Fund gifts greater than $1,000.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in capital and planned giving as well as university relations research to feed the division's leadership gift pipeline.
  • Maintain appropriate records and prepare follow-up analyses of all personal visit and solicitation efforts.

Puget Sound Fund Class Agent Volunteer Management
    Oversee the fundraising activity of 15 classes. Recruit Class Gift Chairs and, as needed, Class Gift Agents. Communicate regularly with class gift chairs and gift committee members about their assignments, results, and successes. Establish preliminary dollar and participation goals for each class within class range, identify top prospects, and develop class- and individual-based solicitation strategies. Anticipate upcoming reunion year cycles and prepare appropriate classes for entry into those cycles well in advance of the reunion year itself. Collaborate with colleagues in Alumni and Parent Relations to ensure a holistic and seamless management of all class volunteers.

Other Key Tasks
  • Actively participate in other development and alumni relations activities as requested or required including, but not limited to, attendance at college functions such as Homecoming, Family, and Reunion Weekends.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Annual Giving.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no formal staff supervisory responsibilities.

Budget Responsibilities

This position has no formal budget oversight responsibilities.

  • Experience soliciting annual gifts
  • Work history in an annual giving office with interest in learning more
  • Deep commitment to the mission of the University of Puget Sound
  • The ability to work independently, multitask, set priorities, and adjusting as necessary, with minimal guidance in order to meet all deadlines and achieve successful outcomes
  • The ability to work and communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with a broad range of internal and external constituents including alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and friends of the college
  • The ability to solve problems, handle confidential information, and navigate sensitive situations
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Ability to travel intermittently and work some evenings and/or weekends
  • Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community

Compensation and Benefits: This position has a range between $55,162 annually - $71,625 annually. Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

Application Deadline: Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.

Required Documents:
    Resume Letter of Interest

Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required background checks. All new hires will be required to submit proof of current COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) or receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the university.

Diversity Statement:
    We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives. We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community. We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply
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About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA


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