Associate Director of Annual Giving
Located in the historic community of Walla Walla
, Whitman's beautiful
tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually dynamic, diverse,
and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty and 1,500
students. With an endowment exceeding $700 million, fiercely loyal
alumni, exceptional students, and accomplished faculty and staff,
Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for
academic excellence ranking as one of the top liberal arts colleges
in the country.
is building a diverse
academic community and especially encourages applications from
women, members of historically underrepresented minority groups,
persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional
dimensions to the college's learning environment. Whitman College
is an EEO employer.
The Associate Director of Annual Giving will report to the Director
of Annual Giving and work closely with the entire Development and
Alumni Relations team. This external facing position is responsible
for developing and implementing a strategy to secure leadership
annual gifts ($1,000+) from an increasing number of Whitman alumni
and parents. With concentration on acquisition, renewal, and
increase in leadership gift levels, the Associate Director of
Annual Giving grows support for Whitman College while strengthening
the base of major gift donors. The Office of Annual Giving educates
alumni, parents, friends, staff/faculty, and current students about
the importance of the five focus areas of The Whitman Fund:
greatest needs; scholarships and student aid; diversity, equity and
inclusion; internships; and academic excellence. This position will
collaborate with colleagues campus-wide to build a strong culture
of philanthropy within the Whitman community.
- Develop and execute qualification, cultivation, solicitation
and stewardship programs that expand the number of alumni, parents,
staff/faculty, and friends making annual gifts that qualify for the
President's Gift Societies ($1,000+), with a focus on The Whitman
- Actively manage and solicit identified prospects and help to
identify new prospects to build a pipeline for major donors.
- Strong focus on individual outreach through personalized
communication and individual visits. Work in tandem with the
Director of Annual Giving to personalize a direct mail and
stewardship strategy for leadership annual gifts.
- Schedule and complete 100 in-person (or virtual) substantive
contacts each year with the purpose of soliciting prospects for The
Whitman Fund and qualifying prospects for Planned Giving and Major
- Document constituent interactions in the departmental database.
Ensure all reporting and pledge documentation steps are recorded
- Track and measure progress toward established leadership giving
goals and maintain awareness of personal goal metrics.
- Maintain positive relationships with volunteers, colleagues,
students, and other constituents. Serve as a team player by
assisting with events on campus and off and perform other duties as
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Must be able to explain and/or demonstrate possession of the
knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely perform the essential
functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.
- Highly motivated self-starter who is goal oriented.
- Skill in developing and implementing project plans that are
longitudinal and complex in nature.
- Attention to detail and strict adherence to timelines.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Knowledge of fundraising best practices, particularly in
individual giving programs.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills with a focus on
personally soliciting gifts.
- Skill in using computer applications including word processing,
spreadsheets, presentation software, and donor databases.
- Highly adaptable to changing technologies.
- Knowledge of modern data management practices and techniques
that lead to data driven decisions.
- Ability and commitment to support, respect and work effectively
with a diverse workforce.
- 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.
- Ability to handle highly confidential information.
- Ability to work occasional nights and weekends and travel
- Bachelor's degree and two or more years of professional
experience in fundraising, donor relations, public relations, or
sales: or any equivalent combination of education, training and
- Thorough understanding of the value of a residential liberal
arts and sciences education and be able to articulate that
- Bachelor's degree from a liberal arts college and/or experience
working in a liberal arts college setting.
- Valid driver's license.
- Regular travel.
- Occasional nights and weekends.
All Whitman College employees are required to comply with the
college's vaccination policy. More information can be found
Application review will begin on October 25 and will continue until
the position is filled.
January 1, 2022
For full application instructions and position description,