Assistant/Associate Director of Development
In surveying the grounds of what is now Wittenberg University, the Rev. Ezra Keller, the college's first president and founder, remarked: "This is a lovely spot for a literary institution." Today, that lovely spot encompasses more than 100 acres of rolling hills and hollows in southwestern Ohio, with architecturally distinctive structures that embrace Wittenberg's past and provide a beautiful backdrop to the teaching excellence and Lutheran-affiliated learning environment that has defined Wittenberg University since its founding in 1845. Nationally recognized for accessible professors, engaging classroom experiences, service opportunities, and valued athletics traditions, Wittenberg is home to 1,500 students, 60 majors, minors and special programs, three graduate programs, and 25 varsity sports.
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Wittenberg is seeking an Assistant/Associate Director of Development (ADOD). The ADOD will be a part of the fundraising team at Wittenberg University and report directly to the Assistant Vice President for Advancement and Operations. In collaboration with colleagues, the ADOD will focus on building a successful pipeline of leadership annual and major gift donors as part of Wittenberg's current $100 million comprehensive campaign. This is a full-time, exempt-level position.
Essential functions include, but are not limited to:
- Determine engagement strategies for a portfolio of 125-150 individual alumni and friends to make annual and major gift asks of $10,000 and above.
- Conduct all stages of the gift solicitation process: qualify, cultivation, solicitation, negotiation, and stewardship.
- Attain annual dollar and visit goals (both individual and team goals) as determined in collaboration with Advancement Leadership.
- Develop a pipeline of donors/prospects in the $1k-$5k annual gift range, soliciting them for upgrades, multi-year commitments, and major gift asks of $25k+.
- Develop and maintain relationships with faculty, administrators and staff associated with specific programs relevant to assigned prospects.
- Steward current donors to retain and increase their support while seeking opportunities to develop new donors for campaign priorities.
- Communicate with donors, in person and through print and electronic channels, to promote giving opportunities and campaign progress.
- Coordinate donor visits and small events, as appropriate, for Wittenberg's President and other key University representatives.
- Develop gift proposals and strategy for individual donor involvement to further philanthropic relationships among donors and Wittenberg University.
- Perform other relevant duties as assigned such as special projects, programs, and developmental activities.
Candidates must have:
- A bachelor's degree is required.
- 2 - 4 years of relevant working experience. Fundraising experience within higher education institutions preferred.
- Demonstration of strong writing and reporting skills, time management presentation skills, and strong verbal communication required.
- Working knowledge and experience using Microsoft Office software (Outlook, Word, Excel, Teams and PowerPoint).
- Ability to remain stationary for more than 50% of the work day.
- Ability to traverse oneself inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
- Ability to frequently operate a computer and other office machinery such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
- Ability to exchange accurate information in group settings and the ability to communicate information and ideas so that others will understand.
- Some evening and weekend work is required.
- Some travel, including overnight travel, may be required (up to 25% of the time).
- A valid driver's license is required; must meet required insurance qualifications found in Wittenberg Motor Pool policies and procedures. If license is from out of state, successful candidate will need to obtain a valid Ohio driver's license within 30 days of hire date.
Wittenberg is committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified individuals who collectively reflect the diversity of our student body and society at-large. Please see our notice of nondiscrimination housed on our website.
The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.
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Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.
To apply, please set-up an account in our online recruiting system and upload the following documents in MS Word or Adobe Acrobat format.
2. Cover letter
3. Name, address, and phone number of three professional references.
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