The College of the Environment at the University of Washington is now hiring an Associate Director of Advancement for EarthLab. This position will be responsible for assisting in the planning, strategy-setting and delivery of activities to successfully secure gifts and grants for the College of the Environment (CoEnv) and its constituent units. Efforts shall be focused on raising increasing levels of private support, for current use, endowment, and capital purposes, benefiting CoEnv students, faculty, staff, programs, and college leaders.
The Associate Director of Advancement (ADOA) works closely with both the Senior Director for Advancement and the Associate Dean for Advancement in fulfilling annual goals and objectives. This person is expected to work closely with University Advancement and unit colleagues, including marketing and communications staff, and academic leaders and volunteers to identify, engage, and solicit prospective major gift donors. The ADOA will have assigned responsibility for oversight and coordination of fundraising programs in one or more academic departments.
• Manage a portfolio of major gift prospects for EarthLab and for the department of Earth and Space Sciences, with an emphasis on Top 25 prospects who will be solicited within 12-18 months. Develop and implement solicitation strategies for each assigned major gift prospect taking into account established best practices and metrics for performance, e.g., substantive contacts, with an emphasis on substantial contacts.
• Special emphasis shall be placed on identifying lead prospects for emerging campaign initiatives, and will require cultivating and soliciting individuals, foundations, corporations, and other organizations in close cooperation with associated frontline fundraisers in the College of the Environment and across the University.
• Manage the identification, engagement, solicitation, and stewarding of a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors for the CoEnv.
• Participate cooperatively and regularly in the University’s prospect management and tracking system, following established protocols and best practices. Make regular use of the full range of Advancement’s database capabilities.
• Prepare written and verbal proposals, case statements, concept/informational materials, endowment agreements, gift illustrations, and other materials needed to secure gifts and grants.
• Work closely with unit colleagues as well as those in Regional and Internal Giving, Principal Gifts, Planned Giving, and Corporate & Foundation Relations in preparing and executing engagement and solicitation strategies for assigned prospects.
• Provide strategic leadership to and support for the heads of assigned academic/administrative units, as well as faculty and administrators in designing and implementing strategies and efforts to sustain and increase major gift and alumni support. Coordinate the participation of administrators, academic leaders, volunteers, and development staff in implementing work along the full donor continuum.
• Develop and implement strategies in working with and cultivating private support and volunteer opportunities with diverse communities and individual prospects.
Program Development and Management
• Work closely with the College’s Advancement colleagues, including the Marketing & Communications team, in helping develop appropriate marketing materials targeting a diverse range of constituents, with special emphasis on major gift prospects and thoughts leaders.
• In consultation with the Senior Director for Advancement and Assistant Dean for Advancement, create an annual personalized work plan for accomplishing specific priority goals and objectives in coordination with overall unit Advancement goals as outlined in annual plans. Provide at least quarterly reports noting progress and challenges.
• Participate in the development of (i) policies and procedures relating to the Advancement program, (ii) marketing materials for the major gift work, and (iii) cultivation and stewardship activities and events; and (iv) work strategic planning opportunities as needed.
Other duties as assigned.