Development Officer - Alumni Relations and Donor Engagement
Walla Walla Community College
Location: Walla Walla, Washington
Internal Number: 4718420
Development Officer - Alumni Relations and Donor Engagement
Walla Walla Community College
Salary: $65,000.00 - $70,000.00 Annually
Job Number: 2023-1498
Location: Walla Walla, WA
Join our team to help inspire all students to discover their potential and achieve their goals by providing relevant, equitable, and innovative learning opportunities and services.
Description Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) is seeking applicants for a Development Officer - Alumni Relations and Donor Engagement position at the Walla Walla campus.
At Walla Walla Community College, we inspire all students to discover their potential and achieve their goals by providing relevant, equitable, and innovative learning opportunities and services. We have identified three core themes that describe the fundamental aspects of the College's mission by translating it into practice: Student Success, Strong Communities, and Resource Stewardship. As an organization, we value learning opportunities, a sense of community, diversity, health and humor, excellence, integrity, teamwork, innovation, personal and professional growth, and sustainability. General Description: The Alumni Relations and Donor Engagement Officer plays a crucial role in fostering meaningful connections and relationships between Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) and its alumni, donors, and friends. This position is responsible for developing and implementing best-practice-driven strategies to engage alumni and new donors, working through the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship process to enhance their relationship with the college. The successful candidate will be inquisitive with strong communication and relationship-building skills, a passion for fundraising, and the ability to plan and execute engaging events.
This position is a front-line fundraising position with personal, annual fundraising goals. The successful candidate will be very social and passionate about fundraising, with a demonstrated desire and ability to participate as highly visible member of the college and community. This outward facing position will be tasked with conveying the value of support for WWCC at large events, in groups, and one-on-one, while working as an integral member of the WWCC Foundation's disciplined, combined community/donor-centered fundraising efforts.
Essential Functions: Alumni Relations:
Develop and maintain a comprehensive alumni engagement strategy.
Foster positive relationships with alumni through the development of personalized communication, including newsletters, mailings, emails, phone calls, and social media.
Organize alumni events, reunions, and networking opportunities both on- and off-campus.
In partnership with the Foundation Office Manager, maintain an alumni database (CRM) to track engagement and participation for new and repeat donors.
Develop strategies and carry out annual, best-practice-driven fundraising activities that directly lead to donor acquisition, renewal, and retention.
Moves Manage (identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward) donors to increase financial support for the college.
Identify donors with potential and interest in increasing their support of the WWCC Foundation.
Collaborate with the Foundation team to create and implement specific engagement plans and goals for various groups (alumni affiliations, retirees, staff, non-donors, lapsed donors, etc.).
In partnership with the Foundation team, develop and manage new donor welcome activities, donor recognition, and other benefits programs.
Plan, coordinate, and execute alumni and donor events, including annual giving drives, donor appreciation events, and alumni networking and receptions.
Manage event logistics, budgets, vendor relationships, and volunteers/committees.
Identify and participate in high-value college and community events to advance the work of the Foundation.
Ensure events align with Foundation and college mission and goals.
In partnership with the Foundation Office Manager, maintain accurate and up-to-date records of alumni and donor interactions in the CRM system.
Perform research, conduct surveys, and convene focus groups to track and report on the effectiveness of engagement and fundraising efforts.
Create engaging content to keep alumni and donors informed and engaged.
Assist in planning and executing fundraising campaigns and appeals for individual project, short-term, annual, and comprehensive efforts.
Prepare compelling fundraising materials, proposals, and reports for donors.
Increase annual and alumni giving, with specific monetary goals set in partnership with the Director of Philanthropy.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Strong interpersonal and relationship-building abilities.
Ability to work effectively and sensitively with people from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Demonstrated work toward justice, equity, and inclusion for all peoples.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and collaborative project management apps.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Enthusiasm for WWCC's and the Foundation's missions, and a passion for higher education.
Qualifications: Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered at the discretion of the college.
Associate's degree in an applicable field (e.g. communications, marketing, nonprofit management, psychology, or similar).
2-3 years professional experience in alumni relations, non-profit fundraising, public relations, marketing/communications/journalism, events, or a directly related field. (Please make sure to address how your skillset and professional experience transfer to the key responsibilities of this role.)
Event planning (or similar), budget, and project management experience.
Bachelor's Degree in a directly applicable field.
An understanding of fundraising principles and best practices.
Graduates of Walla Walla Community College or another community or technical college are strongly encouraged to apply.
2-3 years professional experience in higher education.
Bilingual and bicultural candidates (particularly Spanish/English in service to our Hispanic community) are strongly encouraged to apply.
Proficiency in CRM software (we currently use Raiser's Edge)
Conditions/Terms of Employment This position is in a bargaining unit for which AFT is the exclusive representative.
This is a full-time overtime eligible professional position. Persons hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of lawful authorization to work in the United States within three (3) days of employment. WWCC participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. Official college transcripts required at time of hire. Candidates may be subject to a criminal history background check as a condition of employment. Information from the background check may not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position. The college is a tobacco free institution.
This role leads WWCC Foundation events and is frequently engaged at college and community events. Night and weekend work should be expected and is estimated to account for about 25% of time. Occasional overnight travel will include events on our Clarkston, Washington campus, and professional development opportunities across the state or nationally. This position work schedule will typically be Monday through Friday 8-hours each day. During the summer, work schedule is Monday through Thursday 10-hours each day
Compensation: Annual salary range: $65,000-70,000. The college has an excellent benefit program including paid sick leave; paid vacation leave; medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; retirement and two optional deferred compensation programs. All full-time employees will automatically have 3% of taxable income deferred into the State of Washington Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). All administrative exempt staff set aside 1% of their gross salary in a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) (VEBA). All exempt employees are required to participate in this program. Walla Walla Community College requires all employees to participate in direct deposit for payment of salary.
Required Application Materials This position will remain open until filled. To be included in the initial screening, application should be received byNovember 12, 2023. To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required qualifications and competencies and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:
Online NEOGOV application.
Cover letter that addresses the following:
Please share how your skills and professional experience transfer to the key responsibilities of this position, specifically for a school like Walla Walla Community College.
Names and contact information for three professional references
Answers to three (3) supplemental questions
Unofficial transcripts for application purposes; official transcripts are required prior to an official start date.
Please ensure you have attached all required application materials as you will not be able to attach any documents after you have submitted your application. If you have difficulty logging into your account, attaching documents, submitting your application, etc., please call NEOGOV Applicant Support at 1-855-524-5627 or email them directly at email@example.com.
WWCC reserves the right to not fill this position, reject all applicants, or reopen the position. Applications received during this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies at the College's discretion.
Walla Walla Community College is committed to provide equal opportunity and nondiscrimination for all educational and employment applicants as well as for its students and employed staff, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, including gender expression/identity, marital status, age (over 40), the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, the use of trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, or status as a Vietnam and/or disabled veteran, National Guard member or reservist in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Federal Rehabilitation of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and any other applicable Federal and Washington State laws against discrimination. The Human Resources Office is accessible to persons with disabilities. If you need accommodations in the application/employment process, please contact Title IX Officer Brooke Marshall (509) 527-4300 - TDD (509) 527-4412, email firstname.lastname@example.org, address: 500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla WA, 99362.
As the recipient of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Award, and gift from Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, Walla Walla Community College is one of the top Community and Technical Colleges in Washington State. Walla Walla Community College supports equal employment opportunities and is a great place to work. It is our Mission and Vision to be the catalyst that transforms our students’ lives and the communities we serve. We employ skilled and dedicated faculty and staff who strive to inspire all students to discover their potential and to achieve their goals by providing relevant, equitable, and innovative learning opportunities and services. We value Teamwork, Excellence, Health and Humor, Innovation, Diversity, Learning Opportunities, Personal/Professional Growth, Integrity and a Sense of Community.