Job Details

Development Specialist - Annual Giving & Marketing

South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia, WA

Job - Education

Close Date: 02/24/2020

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) seeks a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Development Specialist - Annual Giving & Marketing.

The Development Specialist - Annual Giving and Marketing is responsible for annual fundraising and marketing efforts, in support of the Foundation Mission and Strategic Plan. The Development Specialist - Annual Giving and Marketing reports to the Development Director of the College Foundation and executes the annual giving and annual scholarship program and general marketing for the Foundation, including outreach activities through the delivery modes of direct mail, phone appeal, and online media. This position is responsible for meeting annual giving fundraising and friend-raising goals, including personal solicitation efforts, as well as marketing and promotion for the Foundation.

This is an exempt professional, non-administrative position and many activities are performed independently and/or with approval of the supervisor.

What You'll Do
Responsibilities and duties of Development Specialist - Annual Giving and Marketing include, but are not limited to, the following:

Fundraising - 50%:

Maintains a donor portfolio and executes annual giving fundraising, friend-raising, and stewardship for the Student Success, scholarships, and college programs.
Creates and tracks donor relationships through Raiser's Edge NXT with contact reports, notes, actions, and alerts.
Oversee a strategy to grow the number of President's Club donors each year by acquiring, retaining and upgrading donors of $1,000 or more.
Develop special appeals and engagement opportunities that encourage mid-level gifts (e.g., $5,000 or more) and move donors to higher levels of annual giving.
Work with Executive Director, Director of Development, and Database Coordinator on moves management system to develop strong and consistent solicitation, engagement, and stewardship programs.

Marketing Work - 50%:
Coordinate with the Director of Development and College's Public Relations Office department to develop marketing and promotional materials to promote the Foundation's brand.
Enhance the annual giving department's use of digital marketing (e.g., email, websites, social media) and analytics (e.g., predictive modeling, social media data mining) to improve segmentation and messaging and to create a personal and positive experience for donors.
Create correspondence, solicitations, thank you letters, articles and other written materials; develop marketing materials and ideas for events and promotional materials; develop and update Foundation web and social media presence and assist in departmental mailings.
Develop feature stories for the Foundation website and newsletter, social media content and social media fundraising strategies, and internal communication pieces.
Serve on pertinent Foundation committees and participate in community and social events that promote the College and cultivate relationships leading to philanthropic gifts.
Plan, assign and supervise the work of volunteers and work-study students.
Demonstrate multicultural competence (including an awareness and understanding of historically disadvantaged populations) and create an educational and work environment that affirms a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Support the college's mission by creating a work environment of mutual respect and fairness, while encouraging creative and critical thinking.
Contribute to the appreciation of diversity and foster a climate of multicultural understanding.

Projects include:
Campus Giving (Staff and faculty)
Alumni giving
Annual scholarships
Combined Fund Drive (CFD)
Annual and year end appeals
Giving Tuesday
Other passive fundraisings, such as Scholartips.
Content for Foundation Annual Report
Bi-monthly e-newsletter
Annual sponsorship opportunities brochure
Holiday gratitude card
Annual scholarship thank you letter
Drafting alumni stories
Creating and distributing mailings
Other various marketing collateral as needed.
Qualifications You Possess

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree or equivalent education/experience
Work experience in a related field including development, alumni relations, business development/sales, or related field, and strong project management skills.
Exceptional people skills and high level of proficiency in written and oral communication.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking skills
Critical thinker and creative problem solver who seeks win-win solutions, building bridges and relationships within and outside the organization.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet expected deadlines.
Strong computer skills, including use of MS Office suite, social media marketing, and a constituent relationship management (CRM) system. Raiser's Edge experience and web management a plus.
Discretion and professional judgment in a community-facing and institutional-facing role.
Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage time effectively with the ability to work on several projects at one time.
Demonstrated experience or participation with persons from diverse backgrounds such as sexual orientation, racial, ethnic, religious, linguistic, gender, age, socio-economic, physical and learning abilities, and a commitment to an inclusive and equitable working/learning environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
Self-motivated independent thinker.
Comfortable working with a diverse group of people, (volunteers, students, faculty and staff) with different backgrounds and experiences.
Outgoing and comfortable with cold calling, networking and public speaking.
A passion for people and the benefits of higher education and community colleges.
To Apply
Applications must be completed online at: and include the following attachments:

Cover letter addressed to the Screening Committee highlighting your ability to perform the responsibilities and competencies described in the job posting.
Current resume/CV showing all educational and professional experience which demonstrates how you meet the minimum and any preferred qualifications.

Top candidates will be notified directly to interview for this position. Selection will be based on the applicant's knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties listed in this job posting as identified in the materials requested above. Applications with comments directing the reader to see attachments will be considered incomplete.

Veterans Preference
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wishing to claim Veterans Preference should redact their personally identifiable information from a copy of their United States Department of Veterans Affairs honorable discharge documentation and email to with the job number for which they are applying in the subject line.

Background Check Condition of Employment
Employment with the college is contingent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive background check. Any adverse information will be considered on a case-by-case basis and does not automatically preclude a candidate from employment.

SPSCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientations, and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over age 40, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. The College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants needing accommodation in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at (360) 596-5500. The College is committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and staff, as well as our student population. We strongly encourage applicants to apply without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legal protected status. SPSCC is a drug-free workplace.

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