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Leadership Annual Giving Officer

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DePauw University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer: Women, members of underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Position will remain open until filled.

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The Leadership Annual Giving (LAG) Officer is a front-line fundraising position focused on leadership annual giving opportunities among alumni. The LAG Officer targets existing leadership level donors for gift renewals, develops Washington C. DePauw level donors to increased annual giving, and identifies donors ready for major gift development. In addition, the LAG Officer works closely with the Director of Annual Giving to align strategy and follow up.


Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions Statement(s)
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward an active portfolio of 200 leadership annual giving donors with a capacity of $5,000 or higher, with a focus on gift asks in the $25,000+ range.
  • Develop and implement targeted leadership annual giving solicitations for milestone reunion classes and those years leading up to milestone classes.
  • In partnership with colleagues in Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement, leverage reunion volunteers to identify leadership annual giving prospects and to encourage participatory gifts to The Fund for DePauw.
  • Develop a strategic plan to increase giving via Tiger Club and to utilize the athletics affinity groups for ongoing solicitation strategies, especially at leadership giving levels. Serve as staff liaison with Athletics for all Tiger Club fundraising.
  • Actively develop and lead alumni volunteers - particularly in reunion or Tiger Club programs - focused on increasing, retaining and acquiring new donors through special events including the Day of Giving, Giving Tuesday and other DePauw traditions.
  • Participate in the collaborative process of the strategic planning for the overall Annual Giving program.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Competency Statement(s)
  • Accountability - Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.
  • Accuracy - Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly.
  • Active Listening -- Ability to actively attend to, convey, and understand the comments and questions of others.
  • Adaptability -- Ability to adapt to change in the workplace.
  • Autonomy - The ability of the individual to complete assigned tasks with little oversight.
  • Communication, Oral - Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word.
  • Communication, Written - Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely.
  • Customer Oriented - A desire to serve both external and internal clients by focusing effort on meeting the clients' needs, understanding their concerns, and seeking to build trust.
  • Diversity Oriented - Commitment to valuing a variety of different experiences, encouraging input and collaboration from campus stakeholders, including being mindful of experiences related, but not limited to: age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, LGBTQ, and/or job type.
  • Initiative - Ability of the individual to act and take steps to solve or settle an issue.
  • Interpersonal - Ability to develop and maintain relationships with others.
  • Organized - Possessing the trait of being organized or following a systematic method of performing a task.
  • Presentation Skills - Ability to effectively present information publicly.
  • Relationship Building - Ability to establish and maintain a good rapport and cooperative relationship with customers and co-workers.
  • Reliability - Ability to be dependable and trustworthy.
  • Self-Motivated - Ability of the individual to reach a goal or perform a task with little supervision or direction.
  • Time Management - Ability to utilize the available time to organize and complete work within given deadlines.

Education: Bachelor's Degree (four-year college or university) required.

Experience: Preferred candidates will have a minimum of three years of progressive development or related experience, with experience in managing a portfolio.

Communication/Language: Intermediate: Ability to read and interpret documents. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of an organization.

Math Ability: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

Computer Skills : Knowledge of database management systems, CRM, and Microsoft Office products, including Excel. Ability and desire to frequently learn new products related to the role is required.

Certificates & Licenses: CFRE desirable

Other Requirements
  • A strong understanding of the mission of liberal arts institutions.
  • Travel from campus, as needed, to conduct solicitations, or to recruit volunteer leaders for assigned programs.
  • Normal work responsibilities include time outside of normal office hours, some evenings and weekends.


DePauw University is a private liberal arts college in Greencastle, Indiana.

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