Warren Wilson College welcomes applications for the Director of Leadership Annual Giving position. The Director of Leadership Annual Giving (DLAG) will play a critical role engaging with donors directly through personalized communications and outreach that deepens the relationship with Warren Wilson College. The DLAG will be responsible for the strategy, implementation, and management of a comprehensive mid-level donor program that focuses on growth and retention. The Director oversees all mid-level prospect development strategies, including the alumni relations program, Families of Wilson Council, and sponsorships, and works with the Development team on strategies to upgrade mid-level donors to become major donors at Warren Wilson College. The position reports to the Senior Director of Communication and Constituent Relations and will also collaborate closely with the Senior Director of Development to build effective cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans. This position supervises the Alumni Relations Manager position. This position requires some irregular hours, including evening and weekends, and travel.
Interested individuals should read further to learn more about the qualifications and job responsibilities for this full-time, exempt position. Applicants are required to submit a resume and cover letter, which includes experience working with a diverse range of identities and experiences including, but not limited to, previous DEI training or initiatives. All applications must be received electronically.
First consideration will be given to candidates who apply by 5pm EST on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023. Please be aware no relocation assistance is available for this position.
Warren Wilson College’s distinctive approach to education intentionally integrates academics, work, and community engagement to cultivate curiosity, empathy, and integrity. We empower graduates to pursue meaningful careers and lead purposeful lives dedicated to a just, equitable, and sustainable world.
To fulfill this mission, the College, through its Strategic Imperative for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is unwavering in our commitment to the dignity of all people—particularly those populations who have been both historically oppressed and continue to experience systemic oppression. As we value the breadth of diversity necessary for a rich campus culture, we also recognize the particular challenge and opportunity for growth and leadership around race, noting that such a focus necessarily intersects with deepening efforts around other aspects of identity (such as ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, class, and worldview). We are committed to a culture of educational access and to ensuring that students and employees from a diverse range of identities and experiences will thrive in this community. We seek and support a culturally diverse faculty and staff with a genuine interest in our innovative approach to education and focus on inclusive excellence, as well as a willingness to fully participate in the life of the College. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups (e.g., people of African, Latiné, Indigenous, and/or Asian descent) and individuals who have experience working with diverse populations.
Ideal candidates will possess a Master’s degree in Public Relations, Business, Communications, Fundraising, Education or other related field.
Bachelor’s degree in public relations, communications, business, education, or related fields.
3-4 years experience in effectively coordinating programs, managing donor portfolios, and relationship building.
1-3 years of supervisory experience.
Demonstrated ability to build strong working relationships across all areas of the college; including internal, external and alumni relationships.
Evidence of meeting fundraising goals and incorporating strategic goals.
Demonstrated experience marketing and communicating with a focus on web content and social media including writing duties.
Demonstrated ability to work with people from a diverse range of identities and experiences.
Master’s degree in public relations, communications, business, fundraising, education, or related field.
Raiser’s Edge or similar fundraising database experience.
Mid-Level Donor Development:
Build and manage a diversified mid-level ($250-$4,999) donor portfolio of approximately 50-75.
Meets an annual fundraising goal by maintaining a high level of development activity that results in the identification of new prospects for the funding priorities each year.
Defines and leads a multi-year plan for mid-level giving campaigns, including strategies for both acquisition of new donors and renewal of existing donors.
Collaborates with the Senior Director of Advancement Services to identify and qualify annual giving donors suitable for a mid-level gift portfolio.
Qualifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards a large base of mid-level donors through phone calls, emails, mailings, campaigns, and face-to-face visits.
Analyzes Mid-Level Donor program performance and establishes reports for the Advancement Team.
Oversee Mid-Level and Major Gift Affinity Groups including the Families of Wilson Council.
Uses Raiser’s Edge donor management system to monitor donor activity, analyze information, and identify opportunities for increased donor participation.
Maintains an understanding of the overall strategic plan of the Advancement Office to raise funds that support Warren Wilson College’s mission and funding priorities.
Coordinates with Senior Director of Development as needed on specific fundraising projects and donors.
Alumni Relations Management
Supervise Alumni Relations Manager.
Collaborate with Alumni Relations Manager on creating annual alumni relations program and calendar.
Oversee the strategic direction in collaboration with the Alumni Relations Manager of the WWC Alumni Board.
Provide leadership and integration between Alumni Relations and Advancement.
Support Alumni Relations programming.
Sponsorship and Administrative Support:
Relationship management of sponsors and follow up to securing annual gifts from this group.
Other duties as assigned.
Warren Wilson College is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
Welcome and thank you for your interest in a career at Warren Wilson College. Warren Wilson College is committed to ensuring that students from a diverse range of identities are able to access education. We recognize that to do so we need to ensure that our staff and faculty reflect a diverse range of identities, worldviews and backgrounds. As a college we particularly seek and welcome candidates from racial and ethnic minorities, women, and members of underrepresented groups. Warren Wilson College is the only national liberal arts college that fully integrates on-campus work and off-campus community engagement into its curriculum. In addition to its innovative experiential program, the College and its 750 students are known for their strong commitment to environmental sustainability, diversity and social justice. The college also features a top-ranked low-residency MFA Program for Writers and a summer-long Swannanoa Gathering of music and folk arts workshops. Recognized for dedication to inclusivity by the Princeton Review—No. 2 “most LGBTQ-friendly” in the nation—Warren Wilson College is a Fiske Guide “best buy” and among College Magazine’s “top 10 greenest campuses.” Undergradua...tes represent 46 states and 16 countries, and the College contributes more than 58,000 hours to the community through collaborations with 257 service partners. With sought-after majors in environmental studies, creative writing, global studies and outdoor leadership, Warren Wilson College is a community of scholars producing graduates ready to change the world.