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Director - Philanthropy

Eastern Washington University
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Aug 11, 2023

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Director - Philanthropy

About Eastern Washington University:
Eastern Washington University, a regional, comprehensive public university with an enrollment of over 10,000 students, is one of six state-funded four-year institutions of higher education in Washington, each governed by its own board of trustees. EWU’s 300-acre main campus is located in Cheney, a community of 12,000 residents 16 miles southwest of Washington’s second largest city, Spokane. Eastern also offers programs in downtown Spokane at the innovative, energy-efficient Catalyst building and at Riverpoint, a campus shared with Washington State University. In addition, EWU programs can be found at select locations throughout the state, aligned with the needs of the community. Eastern contributes to the vitality of the region and the state through its wide array of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in over 100 fields of study, as well as applied doctorates in physical therapy and educational leadership, offering accessible pathways to career success and personal development to students of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

Tribal Land Acknowledgement
Eastern Washington University resides within the traditional homelands of the Spokane People and other tribes who are connected through their shared history of this region. This land holds their cultural DNA and it is their Ancestors who are here and bring forth the knowledge of this place—the knowledge that comes from the land.

Job Summary:
Eastern Washington University is seeking a Director of Philanthropy. The philanthropy director will emphasize and lead Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) fundraising efforts for the university at large. This is a two year project position with potential conversion to a permanent position. In addition to a DEIJ focus, the director will be assigned to the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences [CAHSS]. Come join a dynamic and committed team of fundraising professionals and the university's first $100 Million campaign. To learn more about the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences:
Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Philanthropy, the Director of Philanthropy, CAHSS, works collaboratively with University leadership, program directors, faculty and key volunteers to:
  • Develop and carry out the fundraising plan for the university's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice initiatives. This work will include identifying prospects and developing relationships with corporations, foundations and individuals to secure development partnerships and philanthropic support for emerging and established programs. An important factor for success depends on internal networking across units, departments and programs and the ability to see connections and negotiate collaboration with university stakeholders.
  • In collaboration with the dean, develop and carry out the annual fundraising plan for the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. Priority is on discovering and qualifying individuals as major gift prospects to find new support for the college. Maintaining and elevating current major gift relationships with individuals, foundations and companies to grow current philanthropic engagement is expected. In general, college priorities are focused on scholarships, student success programs such as undergraduate research and co-curricular and experiential learning opportunities.
  • This position is responsible for cultivating meaningful relationships with potential and current Major Gift ($25,000+) level donors to Eastern Washington University. The Director of Philanthropy manages a portfolio of 120 donors and prospective donors and is responsible for facilitating all phases of the gift cycle, including initiating contact (discovery), cultivating and moving potential donors to solicitation and gift closure, creating solicitations, writing proposals, and stewarding donors.
  • 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, 12 paid holidays per year and fringe benefits, such as tuition waiver for employees, discounted EWU sports tickets and free transportation through STA buses. For additional information regarding insurance benefits please see our Benefits page:

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Demonstrated successful professional advancement and/or fundraising-related experience, preferably in higher education; or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skill and abilities have been achieved.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the mission of Eastern Washington University and diversity, equity and inclusion, including universal accessibility, and an affinity for the arts, humanities and social sciences.
  • Ability to work functions in the evenings and on weekends and periodic domestic travel.
  • Experience with and strong understanding of the university environment and alumni donor community is preferred.
  • A minimum of three (3) to five (5) years of prior fundraising experience in successfully cultivating and securing major gifts of =>$10,000.
  • Consistent record of building solid relationships with prospects and donors.
  • Understand basic principles and techniques of planned giving and work closely with planned giving colleagues.
  • Ability to manage a mixed portfolio of approximately 120 individual, corporate, and prospective donors involving travel and considerable face to face meetings.
  • Understand business processes of advancement operations including prospect management, donor relations, and gift processing.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, listening, and written communication skills to share CAHSS and university mission, vision, and goals with clarity, passion, and persuasion.
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities and command strong organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated aptitude at representing an organization in a professional and highly effective manner.
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups of constituents and colleagues.
  • High level of creativity, initiative, and motivation.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality with respect to prospects and donors;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office - Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Familiarity with CRM fundraising software

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in Higher Education fundraising or development.
  • Volunteer or work experience with a non-profit organization

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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.
  • All new employees will comply with EWU Immunization Policy 602-02 and provide proof of immunity or vaccination to MMR before beginning work at EWU. Waivers for the immunization requirements are available for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs.
  • Upon hire employees will complete our required Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI), Hazing, Harassment and Title IX training. Online training can be accessed at or complete the training in person or via Zoom. In person and Zoom training opportunities will be posted on InsideEWU and are listed on our Human Resources site:

Salary Information: $73,572 - $103,006 DOE

Posting Date: 08/09/2023
Open Until Further Notice: No
Closing Date: 8/30/2023
Screening to Begin: Immediately

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Submit your application materials through our online applications portal provided below. If you are unable to submit through the applicant portal, please contact Human Resources Services at (509) 359-2381.

To apply, visit

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.


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