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Donor Relations Specialist

District of Columbia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 25, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations
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Commensurate with Experience
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Full Time
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ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a nonprofit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education, and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world. From college students and early-career engineers to project managers, corporate executives, researchers and academic leaders, ASME's members are as diverse as the engineering community itself. 


We have an exciting opportunity for a high energy and creative Donor Relations Specialist to join our growing ASME Foundation team.


The Donor Relations Specialist will be responsible for developing and implementing engagement and fundraising strategies to enhance and grow revenue from ASME’s current and prospective donor communities, both individual and institutional. A key focus of the Donor Relations Specialist will be the organization and strategic oversight of current and prospective donor data and analytics, including prospect identification, qualification, cultivation and stewardship. 



•    Research all prospects, including detailed background information, giving history, personal interests, and request strategies using a data-driven approach

•    Maintain accurate donor information in SalesForce

•    Conduct queries as needed for mailing lists, donor and volunteer recognition and fundraising efforts

•    Manage data analytics and reporting to build and strengthen ASME donor pipeline and philanthropic initiatives 

•    Establish and manage donor relations processes regarding acknowledgement, recognition, ongoing communications and continued cultivation of past, current and prospective donors 

•    Identify opportunities for major individual and institutional giving that closely align with ASME’s philanthropic objectives and mission, and work with Philanthropy and Programs teams to create tailored engagement pathways and activities 

•    Assist in day-to-day fundraising and operational support, including preparation of budgets, agendas, proposals, grant reports, and decks  



This position requires a bachelor’s degree, or additional equivalent experience, with a minimum of 3 years’ nonprofit donor relations experience. Successful candidates will have the ability to work entrepreneurially and as an integral part of growing team.


The ideal candidate will present other important qualifications and competencies such as:


•    Communication & Collaboration - Exceptional verbal and written communications skills are required, including writing and editing. 

•    Project Management - Strong project management skills and attention to detail are critical to this role. Must have creative problem solving and analytical skills.

•    Technical Skills - Must have experience working with a contact database and be proficient in Microsoft Office.  


ASME is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  At ASME, we nurture an inclusive environment, and we encourage, support, and celebrate diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship status, disability, or protected veteran, military status, or any other basis protected by law. 


Our Equal Employment Opportunity policy pertains to every aspect of an individual’s relationship with the organization, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, training and development, promotion, programs, and all other terms and conditions of employment. 


Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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