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The Philanthropy & Stewardship Officer is a key member of the philanthropy team and works in collaboration with colleagues across the organization to engage and steward supporters of Waterfront Park. This newly created role is an opportunity to be part of a growing team that is tasked not only with completing a $200M comprehensive campaign, but with building a robust, community-focused philanthropy program that will sustain Waterfront Park in perpetuity.  

 

Reporting to the Associate Chief Philanthropy Officer, the Philanthropy & Stewardship Officer has two core areas of focus: 1) To create and implement a comprehensive donor stewardship and recognition program to support fundraising goals and activities for Friends’ $200M Campaign for Waterfront Park Seattle; and 2) To serve as a gift officer for FWS; identifying, cultivating, and soliciting a portfolio of prospects and donors that generates five-figure+ gifts. 

 

 

Position Responsibilities: 

 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

  • Contribute to an inclusive workplace culture and adhere to FWS Community Agreements. 
  • Engage in regular conversations about race and equity through all-staff meetings, trainings, and a DEI book club. 
  • Work with the philanthropy team to incorporate Community-Centric Fundraising Principles into fundraising efforts, recognizing that this will take time and continue to evolve. 

 

Donor Stewardship 

  • Support gift officers and Campaign volunteers in developing meaningful cultivation and engagement activities for donors and prospects.  
  • Manage stewardship and recognition programs for major donors, providing excellent relationship management and prompt follow-up.   
  • Plan and implement donor cultivation and stewardship events, such as house receptions, site tours, and fundraisers; help identify and cultivate potential new event hosts and sponsors. 
  • Collaborate and engage the program team in donor cultivation and stewardship to bring the philanthropic potential of Friends’ work to donors. 
  • Manage and regularly update donor recognition opportunities. Work with donors to ensure they understand recognition plans. Oversee development and placement of recognition/tribute signage.  
  • Field inquiries from donors about their gifts, acknowledgements, and gift documentation and demonstrate exemplary customer service in all exchanges.   
  • Oversee occasional donor surveys; review and analyze results to guide better stewardship practices.   

 

Frontline Fundraising 

  • Build, qualify, cultivate, and solicit a portfolio of 100 current and new donors and prospects capable of making gifts at the $10,000+ level.  
  • In coordination with the Associate Chief Philanthropy Officer, plan, develop, and implement a targeted, integrated cultivation strategy for assigned donors/prospects that builds a pipeline for strategic gifts, primarily from new high-net-worth donors and prospects.  
  • Act as principal donor strategist for each prospect in the portfolio with specific responsibility to develop a written donor strategy and relationship record of all interactions.  
  • Provide complete and accurate activity and moves management reports on a regular basis that include detailed call and activity reports, revenue forecasts, data analytics, and other accomplishments.  
  • With the Associate Chief Philanthropy Officer, assist in setting and meeting annual revenue goals for major gifts prospects. 
  •  Develop and maintain positive, collaborative working relationships with Friends’ senior leadership team, board, and volunteers.  
  • Attend program and fundraising activities as needed, including in the evenings and on weekends. 

 

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience. 
  • 3-5 years of fundraising or equivalent experience. Prior experience with capital or comprehensive campaigns would be an advantage. 
  • A commitment to incorporating the practices and ethos of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) in all facets of your work. 
  • Ability to develop and maintain long-term relationships with high-level donors and volunteer leadership. 
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills 
  • Deep interest in understanding a range of diverse cultural differences and the ability to work effectively with people from a range of social, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. 
  • Excellent time management skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and deliver quick turnaround in an environment demanding high energy, attention to accuracy and detail, discretion, flexibility, and superior work.  
  • Ability to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner and to tactfully handle stressful situations and to negotiate and resolve conflicts, while observing organizational protocols.  
  • Ability to be an innovative and resourceful problem-solver, eager to take initiative to handle requests and resolve issues quickly with minimal supervision. 
  • Ability to work collegially as a member of a team and help ensure coordinated, integrated, and efficient workflow. 
  • Ability to use Windows-based software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); experience with Salesforce CRM a plus.  

 

Compensation and Benefits  

The Philanthropy & Stewardship Officer role is a full-time position. The annual salary range for this position is $70K-$80K. Vacation, health care and dental coverage, and transit pass are paid by the organization. Ability to participate in defined contribution retirement plan with 3% match by the organization.  

To Apply  

In lieu of a traditional cover letter, please submit a one-page document that explains how your professional and lived experiences led you to this moment and prepared you to be successful in this role with Friends. Please include example(s) of relationship-building or stewardship that you are especially proud of and what made them meaningful. 

Submit the above document and resume at the link below: 

https://friendsofwaterfrontseattle.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=30 

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or recruiting process, please note in your submission.  

Applications will be accepted until filled. Only applicants selected for interview will be contacted. 

The Philanthropy & Stewardship Officer is a key member of the philanthropy team and works in collaboration with colleagues across the organization to engage and steward supporters of Waterfront Park. This newly created role is an…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    May 10, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    April 30, 2021
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

$70,000 - $80,000

Benefits

 Vacation, health care and dental coverage, and transit pass are paid by the organization. Ability to participate in defined contribution retirement plan with 3% match by the organization.

 Vacation, health care and dental coverage, and transit pass are paid by the organization. Ability to participate in defined contribution retirement plan with 3% match by the…

Level of Language Proficiency

Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills (English)

Other languages encouraged!


Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills (English)

Other languages encouraged!


Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Seattle, WA
Associated Location
Seattle, WA

How to Apply

In lieu of a traditional cover letter, please submit a one-page document that explains how your professional and lived experiences led you to this moment and prepared you to be successful in this role with Friends. Please include example(s) of relationship-building or stewardship that you are especially proud of and what made them meaningful. 

Submit the above document and resume at the link below: 

https://friendsofwaterfrontseattle.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=30 

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or recruiting process, please note in your submission.  

In lieu of a traditional cover letter, please submit a one-page document that explains how your professional and lived experiences led you to this moment and prepared you to be…

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