IIE is looking for someone who is excited to deliver a superb
donor experience and can lead a suite of annual events including
our centerpiece annual gala. The philanthropy team is a tight knit,
collaborative, can-do team. We move fast and take the donor
experience seriously. You will be critical in leading a
comprehensive donor engagement program. You will deliver gift
acknowledgment, recognition, and reporting with the goal of
increasing donor satisfaction. You are also responsible for
strategy, planning, and execution of the annual suite of events
including the centerpiece IIE gala. The annual gala is executed in
partnership with an outside events firm and the philanthropy team’s
Plans, implements, and evaluates the annual suite of events
which may include a high-visibility fundraising event that is a key
producer of unrestricted philanthropic revenue. Manages event
planning firm, venues, and other vendors/consultants. Identifies
possible honorees. Builds prospect lists with the goal of
maximizing attendance and fundraising results. Oversees invitation
and outreach process. Coordinates with event co-chairs. Coordinates
with Communications on gala PR, all printed materials, and the
drafting of remarks. Prepares briefing documents for key staff,
gala participants, and volunteers. Creates and monitors gala
budget. Establishes and analyses metrics to measure and improve the
gala’s performance. Prepares reports on the gala for the executive
management team and the Board of Trustees.
Plans and executes stewardship and cultivation events throughout
the year. With advice and help from IIE program colleagues,
develops the content and flow of event programs and recruits
speakers. Identifies target audiences and manages
invitation/outreach to drive attendance. Creates and monitors event
budgets. Manages venue, catering, and logistics.
Maintains files of governing documents for each endowment and
coordinates with program staff to ensure that the use of funds
matches donor intent. Liaison to departments responsible for the
investment and spending of endowed funds, with responsibility for
disseminating information to all relevant parties in a timely and
transparent manner. Produces annual reports to endowed fund
Manages donor recognition efforts. Brings a donor relations
perspective to engagement strategies for current and prospective
Produces communications for donors that convey the impact of
philanthropy: stewardship reports, website and newsletter stories
about donors and beneficiaries, custom letters to VIP donors, etc.
Collaborates with Communications and others to develop compelling
messages and materials.
Education and Work Experience:
Requires a Bachelor's degree in order to apply a working
knowledge of the theories and principles in a specialized field or
Requires at least five years of directly related work
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
History of progressively responsible experience in engagement
and cultivation of donors, alumni, or clients.
Hands-on experience organizing large, successful events,
including financial responsibility for significant supplier
contracts, requisitions, and purchase orders.
Strong project management skills, with ability to develop work
plans and timelines, foster collaboration, monitor progress, and
ensure effective communication across the team.
Demonstrated ability to multi-task, stay organized, solve
problems, and manage time while facing multiple priorities.
Enthusiasm and drive to get projects and tasks done.
Customer service orientation.
Strong attention to details and deadlines.
Proactive and clear communication.
This position has access to confidential information and
interacts with key external stakeholders. Discretion and good
judgement are essential.
Work Conditions & Physical
Essential functions are performed in a general office setting
with low noise. Job demands may require long periods of sitting;
telephone work and/or computer work, as well as interactions with
other team members and external stakeholders. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions. IIE is an equal opportunity
employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or