The Folger Shakespeare Library knows that an exceptional staff is the backbone of any great organization. We hire exceptionally qualified individuals who are committed to the mission, vision, and values of our organization. Our recruitment process strives to be interactive, accessible, and responsive. Once employed, the Folger provides a generous compensation, leave, and benefits package, as well as many opportunities for personal and professional growth.
The Folger Shakespeare Library, located in Washington, D.C., is seeking a detail oriented and collaborative Development Associate for Planned and Major Gifts to join a dynamic fundraising team. Working closely with the Associate Director, Planned and Major Gifts, the Development Associate supports the fundraising and stewardship efforts of the Folger Shakespeare Library, including the capital campaign, major gifts, and planned giving programs. The Development Associate coordinates the Folger’s prospecting and moves management system, conducts research, and performs wealth screenings. Other duties include drafting donor correspondence and responding to inquiries; assisting with cultivation and stewardship events; updating Tessitura database records; and maintaining planned giving webpages and capital campaign donor recognition page. The ideal candidate will have a strong attention to detail, a sense of the special touches that make a big impact in donor relations, and a collaborative approach to their work. This is an excellent position for an early career development professional to get hands on experience in an active campaign.
Pandemic response: All non-essential Folger staff are working remotely from the DC area and all programming has been moved online. At present, the Folger has not set a date for return to in office operations for non-essential staff. It is expected that this role will work onsite in the future, for some or all of their work hours.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Supports the Associate Director, Planned and Major Gifts with the Folger’s fundraising efforts, including capital campaign, major gifts, and planned giving. Prepares donor/prospect mailings, fundraising status reports, and research profiles.
- Serves as key coordinator for the Folger’s prospect moves management system. Assists with data entry related to the cultivation and solicitation of major donors and prospects. Tracks moves over time and reminds fundraisers of follow-up activities. Prepares reports for prospect strategy meetings and other needs of front-line fundraisers. Screens new donors for giving capacity using LexisNexis.
- Drafts donor correspondence including acknowledgements, responses to inquiries, and newsletters. Facilitates annual stewardship letters to endowment fund donors and collaborates with other departments to prepare accompanying financial reports and documentation.
- Assists with cultivation and stewardship events including Parlor Meetings and First Folio Society Tea. Manages email invitations and reminders, RSVPs, event registration and supports event logistics. Prepares biographies of attendees prior to each event. Coordinates post-event stewardship.
- Supports the Development team by maintaining individual donor records in the database, ensuring contact information is correct, tracking meetings and solicitations, event attendance, and other actions. Creates database records and plans for new prospects and donors. Updates and creates biographical profiles for donors and prospects.
- Maintains planned giving web pages by writing and uploading new content, photographs, and forms. Manages website recognition for capital campaign and planned giving program. Collaborates with external partners on planned giving communications.
- Works at major development events including Acquisitions Night, the annual Folger Gala, the Renaissance Circles program and dinner, Member Appreciation Weekend, and other donor events as needed.
- Performs general administrative tasks and assists in general fundraising activities or special projects.
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work required.
- At least one year of experience in development or fundraising, preferably at a higher education or cultural institution.
- Must have experience with databases and data entry and donor/prospect research.
- Requires experience with donor or customer relations and communicating with donors at events, on the phone, and via letters and emails.
- Experience in donor relations and editing website content is a plus.
Skills and Knowledge Required:
- This position requires excellent skills in organization, time management, writing, and interpersonal communication, as well as strong attention to accuracy and detail.
- Also required is the ability to perform well both with independent initiative and as part of a closely woven development team.
- Knowledge of donor databases, particularly Tessitura, LexisNexis, and email messaging systems such as WordFly is highly desirable.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook is required.
- Must be able to handle confidential constituent information with discretion.
- Must be able to successfully manage multiple, and sometimes conflicting, activities in a fast paced and deadline driven environment.
This job operates in a professional office environment. The employee may be exposed to various components of an office environment such as florescent lighting, pollen, dust, recycled air, cooling fans, semi-enclosed areas, central heating, seasonal warmer temperatures and office noise. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Normal work week is Monday-Friday, 8:45 am to 4:45 pm. Ability to work varying and additional hours as project demands arise (including evenings and weekends as necessary).
- Occasionally required to move file boxes or other office items of 20 – 40 pounds.
- Ability to work at a computer for an extended period of time, with accuracy.
- Willingness and capacity to work in an office environment at a workstation, and to come and go repeatedly throughout the day as is necessary, to perform various responsibilities.
- Capacity to communicate, in person, or using video, phone, or electronic communication methods, in a manner which can be understood by others.
- Ability to plan, direct, and evaluate the work of subordinates.
- None. May provide guidance or direction to interns, as directed.
- Position is in pay grade 4. This is an hourly position with a base rate of $24-26 per hour and a 35 hour work week with occasional overtime or additional hours.
- Total compensation includes extensive benefits plan, including fully covered health, dental, and vision insurance and a generous 403b match, outlined at https://www.folger.edu/employee-benefits.
- Interested individuals should submit their cover letter and resume. Incomplete applications cannot be accepted. No phone calls please.
The Folger is an Equal Opportunity Employer.