$76,400 - $83,000
NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Located in the historic community of Walla Walla
vibrant and beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an
intellectually diverse, dynamic, welcoming and supportive community
of some 500 staff and faculty serving approximately 1,500 students
from the local region and across the globe. With exceptional
students, accomplished faculty and staff, and a fiercely loyal and
growing number of engaged alumni, Whitman College continues to
build on its national reputation for academic excellence as one of
the top liberal arts colleges in the country.
is cultivating a community built on inclusion and
belonging. We recognize the value of those who can offer
historically underrepresented perspectives and encourage
applications from those whose background, knowledge, and insights
from lived experience can add to the college's working and learning
environment. Whitman College is an Equal Employment Opportunity
employer (EEO) .
The Development Officer will manage a portfolio of prospective
major gift donors with an emphasis on individuals who can make
gifts of $50,000 to $1 million-plus in support of Whitman College,
especially during the Upward Together campaign. The Campaign has a
$200 million goal, of which $141 million has been raised to date.
The Officer will have responsibility for oversight and coordination
of fundraising in one or more regions. Working with the Director of
Major Gifts, academic leaders, volunteers, and other staff, the
Officer will identity, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospective
major gift donors, and develop and implement
cultivation/solicitation strategies for each assigned prospective
- Coordinate the participation of administrators, academic
leaders, volunteers, and other staff in major gift fundraising
activities. This may involve facilitating and participating in
donor visits with College representatives, including the President
when appropriate, and preparing donor briefings and cultivation
- Prepare written proposals, informational materials, gift
illustrations, and other materials to secure major gifts.
- Provide stewardship to assigned prospective major gift donors
by working with the Director of Development Communications and
Donor Relations to prepare endowment agreements, special reports to
donors on the use of their funds, and recognition activities.
- In consultation with Annual Giving, identify prospective major
gift donors and potential volunteers for milestone reunions.
- Participate in on-campus and regional events, often in
partnership with other campus units including the Whitman Alumni
Association, to engage donors and prospective donors to Whitman
- In consultation with the Director of Major Gifts, establish
professional goals, objectives, and strategies for major gift
fundraising. Participate in assessing progress toward goals.
- Participate in the development of policies and procedures
relating to the major gift program, marketing materials for the
major gift effort, and major gift cultivation and stewardship
activities and events.
- Develop and manage a budget for outreach, travel and
cultivation activities in assigned region(s).
- Maintain professional connections in and knowledge of major
gift fundraising through conferences, webinars and other
- Seek training necessary for proficiency in the appropriate use
of gift planning techniques including gifts of appreciated
property, charitable lead trusts, bequests, beneficiary
designations, charitable remainder trusts, pooled income funds,
gift annuities, retained life estates, and life insurance
- Actively participate in Prospect Review meetings, for example
by offering suggestions on donor strategy and soliciting feedback
on assigned prospective donors.
- Maintain tracking records in fundraising software, including
submitting contact reports in a timely manner.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Highly motivated self-starter with adherence to timelines.
- Ability to be flexible in working in an environment with
numerous deadlines and competing priorities.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills with an
attention to detail.
- Demonstrated history of collaboration with colleagues with an
ability to execute independently.
- Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to work well
with volunteers, staff members, administrators, and faculty.
- Skill in developing and implementing long-term strategic donor
solicitation plans. Success in managing an individual portfolio of
established donors and potential prospects or client
- Appreciation for the value of a residential liberal arts and
- Desire to actively and positively contribute to Whitman's core
values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the Development and
Alumni Relations Department's values of integrity, trust, respect,
collaboration, accountability and inclusion.
- Familiarity with and ability to learn relevant technology
platforms to prepare reports and other written documents using word
processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
- Discretion in dealing with confidential information and
demonstrated willingness to uphold high ethical standards.
- Three years of relevant experience in fundraising or
- Current valid driver's license and insurable under Whitman's
- Bachelor's degree.
- Some familiarity with gift planning techniques.
Please note that while the description details both required and
preferred qualifications, we want applicants to be aware that they
do not need to have all of the preferred qualifications to be
considered for this position. If you meet the minimum
qualifications and have passion for the work, you are encouraged to
Whitman College offers a competitive benefits program that is
designed to attract qualified candidates and retain talented
employees. Full-time employees enjoy the following benefits:
accidental death and dismemberment
long term disability
insurances with the capability to elect
additional voluntary coverage.
Defined Contribution Retirement Plan
with a 10% matching
contribution after eligibility
Paid Time Off:
20 accrued vacation days
12 accrued sick days
13 paid holidays
Tuition Remission - Dependent Children
for one Whitman course per semester.
Learn more about benefits eligibility here
DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION FOR JOB CANDIDATES
Contact Human Resources regarding requests for disability
accommodation in the employment application process.
Application review will begin November 15, 2023 and continue until
the position is filled.
For full application instructions and position description,