Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for an Assistant Director, Annual Giving and Prospect Research to join the Development Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits.
Reporting to the Chief Development Officer (CDO) and working closely with the Assistant Director for Donor Database Managementand Direct Mail , this position shares the management of key aspects of the Annual Giving program for individuals and conducts and oversees Developments prospect research. Responsible for identifying and involving new annual giving donors through various activities. Oversees Annual Giving website design and maintenance, events, mailings, and publications. With the A ssistant Director for Donor Database Management and Direct Mail, writes and coordinates scheduled appeals and involves Communications colleagues as appropriate.
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Working with the Chief Development Officer and in conjunction with the Assistant Director for Donor Database Management and Direct Mail , and working with Communications colleagues as appropriate, develop a comprehensive annual giving operating plan to include: personal solicitations, direct mail, social media, and donor stewardship/recognition.
Devote significant time to local travel to visit assigned Annual Giving (AG) prospects, with a goal of at least 60+ solicitation visits per year. Complete necessary follow-up and call reports after each visit.
Make follow-up calls to annual fund level LYBUNTS and SYBUNTS.
Manage the coordination of all high-end annual fund solicitations with the assigned Prospect Managers.
Coordinate the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of the alumni annual giving prospect pool (approximately 1,000 alumni) with the Dean of Academic Programs. Work with MIT on various projects related to Joint Program alumni/ae activities.
Perform as a member of the MIT/WHOI Joint Program Alumni/ae Committee; act as the liaison between alumni/ae and the Institution.
Based on the annual giving plan; craft all written appeals (25-40 per year), for donor renewals and new acquisitions from $1 - $9,999.
Manage appeals for Trustees and Members of the Corporation ($10,000 - $25,000 for Trustees and Corporation Members).
In conjunction with the Assistant Director for Donor Database Management and Direct Mail:work closely with Digital Marketing Consultant through the creation of appeals,respond to strategic Institutional priorities set by the CDO andanalyze and report on all aspects of the Annual Fund program.
Lead cultivation and stewardship campus tours and annual fund events.
Work with Director of Volunteer Leadership (who serves as Developments liaison with Communications) and Communications staff (Oceanus, Exhibit Center, Web staff) to promote the donor program.
Act as primary internal oversight of the Institutions crowdfunding efforts.
Attend meetings of local clubs and organizations to promote the Institution and the donor program.
Works with the CDO, Director of Engagement and Associate Director, Events to plan targeted outreach activities in various locations aimed at increasing the gift prospect pool and stewarding donors.
Steward and solicit alumni/ae annually and for special projects.
Support Board and Corporation Members as needed.
Manage data from in-house, electronic databases, foundation, corporation and other external sources for all WHOI prospects. Organize, word process, and edit verified and extrapolated data into comprehensive, standardized research profiles.
Analyze individual prospects capacity and inclination to support WHOI and forwards analysis to Development fundraisers for the creation of targeted fundraising and cultivation strategies.
Identify prospects capable of giving $2,500+ on an annual basis, with a goal of securing 20 new commitments per year.
Write donor prospects biographies and briefings to assists with development of prospects cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies.
Responsible for identifying and passing qualified prospects (either well researched or through personal interaction) to Major Gift Officers.
Produce and maintain prospect reports as needed for the fundraising staff.
Enter prospect research information into Raisers Edge (RE) database appropriately and accurately.
Responsible for reviewing and updating constituent computer records in RE and paper files with information culled from research, periodical reviews (i.e., Chronical of Education, Chronical of Philanthropy, etc.) and office correspondence (letters, emails, memos, trip reports, etc.).
Serve as primary liaison with vendor when prospect research is outsourced.
Perform other duties as deemed necessary.
Education & Experience
2-3 years experience in a fundraising environment is required
Demonstrated knowledge of the Annual giving program is required
Previous experience with prospect research is a plus
Ability to coordinate and manage many projects simultaneously
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Willingness to travel and work evenings/weekends asneeded
Understanding and appreciattion for the Institutions mission
Willingness to be a team player
Physicalduties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to liftless than 25 lbs independently and carry 10-25 lbs. Visual abilities to include near and far. Hearing requirements include the ability to hear and respond to instructions. Other physical tasks include occasional prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic /fine grasping and manipulation, repetitive motion, reaching above and below the shoulders, kneeling, bending, and stooping. Other occupational requirements include talking, traveling, working around others, with others, and independently. Physicalduties are subject to change.
Internal Number: 2021-1392
About Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is the world's leading, non-profit organization dedicated to ocean science and engineering, exploration and education. Come join a diverse organization whose curiosity, creativity, and commitment help improve the world's understanding of the ocean's importance to the plant and to society. Experience a culture of excellence, dedication, innovation and discovery.Please visit https://careers.whoi.edu for a listing of all of our openings and apply today!