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Director - Philanthropy

Eastern Washington University
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Sep 6, 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 for its College of Professional Programs (CPP). Come join a dynamic and committed team of fundraising professionals, and the university's first $100 Million campaign.

As part of a regional comprehensive university, the college seeks to promote inclusive professionalism through transformational learning experiences that empower students. Student success is achieved through our shared values of cooperation, opportunity, service, cultural responsiveness, and compassion. Under the mentorship and guidance of highly engaged faculty and staff who believe in their ability to succeed, students in the college become career-focused thought leaders, pursuing change and justice in their communities by applying their disciplinary knowledge and their experiential understanding of their field to positively impact the people they serve. The College of Professional Programs is committed to supporting work that contributes to a positive intercultural campus climate reflecting the diversity of people, ideas, beliefs, and philosophies.
  • EWU's commitment to Diversity:
  • About the College of Professional Programs:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In addition to 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:
  • Eastern Washington University has been recognized for its commitment to helping undergraduate students learn, grow and succeed by Colleges of Distinction, a nationally trusted resource guide for college-bound students. The honor recognizes Eastern as a '22-'23 College of Distinction (CoD).
  • Money magazine recently named EWU as one of its Best Colleges in America 2023.

EWU expands opportunities for personal transformation through excellence in learning.

Applications are accepted until recruitment is closed. Applications will continue to be screened until recruitment is closed. Three day's notice will be provided prior to closure of recruitment.

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • A minimum of three (3) to five (5) years of prior fundraising experience in successfully cultivating and securing major gifts of =>$10,000; 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
  • 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
  • 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 CPP 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 functions in the evenings and on weekends and periodic domestic travel
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office - Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Familiarity with CRM fundraising software

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in Higher Education fundraising or development
  • Public relations or marketing experience
  • Strong, professional network base in Pacific Northwest region

Other Skills and Abilities:

Job Duties:
% of Time: 50
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: Yes

% of Time: 20
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: Yes

% of Time: 10
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: Yes

% of Time: 10
Responsibility / Duty: With assistance of prospect research personnel, prioritize prospective donors to the university
Essential Function Indicator: Yes

% of Time: 10
Responsibility / Duty: Work with centralized areas for support with other opportunities through annual giving, planned giving and athletics.
Essential Function Indicator: Yes

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: 08/29/2023
Open Until Further Notice: Yes
Closing Date:
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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