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Donor Engagement Officer

Lewis and Clark College
Oregon, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jul 15, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Development & Advancement, Alumni Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Donor Engagement Officer plays an important role on the Advancement team and is responsible for external development within the Donor Engagement department. This is accomplished by maintaining a portfolio of leadership-track prospects, coordinating the Lewis & Clark Philanthropy Council, and supporting community outreach operations like the Student Philanthropy Officer. This strategy targets constituents to increase donor engagement and, ultimately giving, to secure more than $2M annually to the Annual Fund. These efforts are part of the larger departmental goal to create a robust, sustainable pipeline of donors with specific focus on increasing alumni participation. Reporting to the Director of Donor Engagement, this position will have robust social and interpersonal communication skills, strong attention to detail, and the ability to connect with and support constituents from diverse backgrounds.

  • Direct pipeline development programs including but not limited to individual outreach to donors, portfolio management of donors, tracking the Leadership Society, supporting the Student Philanthropy Officer, and managing the Lewis & Clark Philanthropy Council.

  • Qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of mid-level donor prospects through a program of personal visits, personalized correspondence (email, letter and phone), and appropriate engagement to attract, retain and upgrade to leadership-level giving.

  • Track activity in Slate database using moves management process.

  • Manage and track team outreach during important times of year like calendar year-end, giving days, and fiscal year-end.

  • Recruit and manage volunteers on the Lewis & Clark Philanthropy Council and support their efforts to reach out to classmates and encourage giving participation.

  • Recruit volunteers to serve on advisory boards and various other committees.

  • Manage and track reunion year giving and work with Associate Director of Donor Engagement, Communications to include reunion messaging in mass solicitation strategies. Partner with Alumni and Parent Engagement to support the Alumni Weekend giving program.

  • With the Director of Donor Engagement, work closely with the offices of Alumni and Parent Engagement, Donor Relations and Stewardship, and Major and Planned Gifts to promote and support pipeline programs and expand relationships in the donor community.

  • Monitor Leadership Society membership, particularly for the Annual Fund, to focus on retention and acquisition. Provide input on Leadership Society solicitations and communications.

  • Assist the Student Philanthropy Officer with training on the moves management cycle and database management.

  • Promote a team atmosphere where creativity, fun, excitement and a high level of motivation and accomplishment are valued.

  • Support and actively contribute to the goal of achieving greater diversity, inclusion, and equity at Lewis & Clark and work effectively with all members of the campus community.

  • Other duties as assigned.

  • 3 years fundraising or sales experience.

  • 3 years experience working in higher education or nonprofit settings.

  • 3 years experience working with volunteers and/or alumni.

  • Bachelor’s degree or additional 4 years of relevant experience.

  • An aptitude for consistency, goal-oriented time management, and thoughtful interpersonal communication.

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, especially in 1:1 communication via email, phone calls, virtual meetings, and in-person interactions. Strong communication skills including the ability to communicate persuasively both orally and in writing.

  • Ability to develop and manage professional relationships with a diverse array of constituents.

  • Ability to be an articulate spokesperson on behalf of the College.

  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as well as travel when needed.

  • Significant knowledge of nonprofit organizations or equivalent, preferably in higher education.

  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge, Slate, or equivalent database.

  • Experience in moves management cycle and/or personal solicitation.

  • 4+ years fundraising or sales experience.

  • Prior higher education annual fund experience.

  • 37.5 hours per week

  • Mon-Fri

  • Hybrid work schedule available

  • Salary Range $55,000 - $60,000 annually

  • Commensurate with experience and qualifications.
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