The College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) is one of the largest academic units on the UW Seattle campus, employing over 1400 tenure-track and research faculty, in 43 departments and centers, and generating an average $120 million dollars in sponsored research each year. CAS is comprised of 4 major divisions – Arts, Humanities, Social Science and Natural Science – whose cutting-edge research spans from malaria treatment to solar energy to human rights. CAS is home to diverse music, art, drama, dance, digital arts academic units and degrees, and runs one performance hall (Meany) and two major museums (Henry Art and Burke). CAS academic programs support more than 22,000 undergraduates and 2600 graduate students. The College occupies over 1 million square feet of space spread across campus and off-campus facilities in more than 50 buildings.
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Position Purpose The University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences provides a liberal arts education of tremendous breadth and depth to more than 22,000 students while advancing research and serving as a resource for the community. The College is made up of four academic divisions: arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.
The Digital Gift Officer will participate in innovative advancement efforts that align with the College of Arts & Sciences’ goals to engage, maintain and promote lifelong relationships with the University of Washington. The position will develop personalized messages and giving opportunities for alumni, donors and the community through phone, text, email programs and videos. Partnering closely with a Central Advancement team of digital gift officers, this position will help pioneer mid-level fundraising efforts to develop pathways to profound engagement at scale and secure annual gifts in support of our mission. The Digital Gift Officer, in collaboration with the College’s Advancement team and Central Advancement colleagues, will help devise and implement a multi-channel approach to connect with mid-level prospects and donors ($2,000-$25,000), helping to build a pipeline of major and planned gift prospects.
This position will help develop, test, and evaluate messaging and processes for this new and growing digital fundraising effort. A strong spirit of curiosity, innovation and persistence is desired.
Duties and Responsibilities
Frontline Fundraising (75 %) Manage a portfolio of 1,000+ mid-level donors and prospects, securing gifts in the $2,000 – $25,000 range.
Contact donors in assigned prospect pools and nurture relationships via an integrated, multi-channel approach with occasional in person visits.
Comprehend, analyze and evolve program goals and direction by applying critical thinking to the results and metrics of campaigns/appeals/efforts.
Participate in the creation of personalized messaging and outreach via videos, emails, texts, phone calls, and social media.
Partner with College of Arts & Sciences Individual Giving team members and Central Advancement partners to develop strategies for cultivation and solicitation of prospective donors for leadership level annual gifts as well as pre-qualify mid-level Annual Philanthropy donors who are ready to move into major gift pools/portfolios.
Steward mid-level donors through the President’s Circle (TPC) via personal outreach and participation in TPC recognition events throughout the year. Complete all assigned reporting in a timely manner, including: contact reports, proposal updates, expense reports, etc.
Remain informed about any changes to information related to assigned prospects, ensure donor records are up to date, and share relevant knowledge across the team.
Be willing to test strategies and revise as needed based on results.
Relationship Management (25%) Collaborate with College of Arts & Sciences Individual Giving team utilizing our donor engagement framework to develop donor solicitation strategies.
As assigned, work with College of Arts & Sciences department staff on campaigns and initiatives such as Husky Giving Day. Serve as lead on managing online tribute/memorial campaigns. Undertake additional special projects and other duties as directed.
Core Effective Communications: Expresses oneself clearly and empathetically in interactions with others in all forms of communication, i.e., verbal and written, one-on-one and group, etc. Interpersonal Awareness: Builds and maintains positive relationships, supports collaboration, and actively contributes as a member of working teams to achieve results. Professional Credibility: Takes responsibility for meeting goals, objectives, obligations, and solving problems while representing the mission, vision, and values of the organization. Critical Thinking: Obtains, analyzes, and evaluates information effectively in the face of ambiguity. Makes appropriate decisions based on relevant information and experience. Ethics and Trust: Models and upholds the values of candor, openness, inclusiveness, and honesty despite internal and external pressures. Acts consistently with Washington State ethical guidelines and organizational core values and beliefs.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Valuing Diversity & Inclusiveness: Respects, values and contributes to the UW’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity. Inclusive Working Environment Demonstrated commitment to contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment. Stakeholder Management: Comfort working with diverse external audiences by embracing awareness and empathy across differences.
Advancement Donor Focused: Establishes, cultivates, and stewards strong relationships with donors and friends to build and maintain lifelong partnerships and trust with UW. Results Oriented: Acts decisively to achieve results. Planning & Implementing: Develops fundraising strategies and plans that integrate into the organization’s mission, priorities, and goals. Conflict Resolution: Works to resolve conflicts and differences through dialog and open communication in a timely manner. Sees every difference as an opportunity for growth and change. Ethics and Trust: Models and upholds the values of candor, openness, inclusiveness, and honesty despite internal and external pressures. Acts consistently with Washington State ethical guidelines and organizational core values and beliefs
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor's degree and two years of experience in development or fundraising or related field. Equivalent combination of comparable knowledge and skills may substitute for education and/or experience.
Ability to work collegially and effectively with internal and external partners and constituencies.
Demonstrated strong computer skills, including relational databases and Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for correspondence, special reports, spreadsheets, databases, forms, etc. Knowledge of social media and mobile-based photo/video capabilities a plus.
Professional development experience in higher education.
Previous individual, corporate, and foundation discovery experience.
Knowledge of alumni relations/development/advancement principles.
Conditions of Employment Ability to work evening and weekend hours, as necessary, on short or limited notice.
Must have regular and reliable transportation for local travel and willing to travel when necessary.
Ability to lift 20 pounds regularly and up to 40 pounds occasionally for event setup and tear down.
During Events (from setup to tear down) or on Event days:
Ability to stand 4 or more hours continuously.
Ability to walk 4 or more hours continuously.
Ability Standing: duration of 4+ hours for events
Ability to work greater than a 10 hour day
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