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Annual Giving Officer

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, Inc.
North Carolina, United States
$50,000.00 - $55,000.00
Closing date
Nov 26, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund, Direct Marketing, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Other Fundraising
For-Profit Companies, Philanthropic Advisors
Employment Type
Full Time
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Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society (Sigma Xi) seeks Annual Giving Officer at the Society’s headquarters in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Sigma Xi is the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers. Our mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition. Nearly 30,000 scientists are active as Sigma Xi members and connected to hundreds of chapters at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers around the world. More than 200 Nobel laureates have been members. Sigma Xi is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, with Development staff also located in Washington, DC.



Under the guidance and supervision of Director of Development, the Annual Giving Officer is responsible for planning and implementing strategies for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual donors to support the mission of Sigma Xi. This position will oversee direct mail and digital solicitation implementation and manage annual giving to the society. The Annual Giving Officer will focus on strategically expanding the organization's annual giving program with a goal of significantly increasing the base of annual gifts. The Annual Giving Officer is a key member of the development team.



  • Secure new, renewed, or increased funding from individuals through online giving, direct mail and digital campaigns, special events, and proposals
    • Assure accurate and timely gift entry, reporting, and stewardship
    • Build and maintain positive relationships with individual donors, volunteers, members  and community stakeholders
    • Plan and execute steps for donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for annual donors giving non-designated gifts to the annual fund
    •Liaise with professional consulting firms and vendors to design and manage a comprehensive direct mail program and digital giving strategies and analyze direct mail/digital solicitation program results data to refine and increase ROI
    • Oversee strategy and implementation for Giving Tuesday and other giving days.
    • Work with Director of Development to establish revenue goals for fiscal year.
    • Collaborate with the Director of Development, Major Giving Officer, and Foundation Relations Specialist  to establish benchmarks and regular reporting processes to measure results of all annual fund activities
    • Work closely with organization communications to develop and manage consistent messaging to donors and prospects that aligns with solicitation and donor-specific stewardship communications
    • Provide guidance and support to ensure timely renewal of charitable solicitation licenses
    • Work effectively with Director of Development to identify new donors and build strategies for engaging and encouraging donors to give at higher levels


  • Bachelor's Degree with 3-5 years of fundraising experience and proven track record for securing gifts
    • Demonstrated track record of developing and executing successful annual fundraising strategies
    • Ability to collect, organize and analyze data related to donor giving
    • Comprehensive knowledge of gift processing and acknowledgement practices
    • Well versed in direct mail and digital solicitation best practices and implementation
    • Proficient in donor database formats
    • Excellent organizational, writing, and verbal communication skills
    • Must be strategic and forward thinking
    • Goal-oriented with ability to work independently and meet deadlines
    • Positive attitude and passion for playing a role in fulfilling the organization's mission.
    • Considerable knowledge of fundraising techniques and sources of funding
    • Ability to handle multiple projects, set priorities, and meet deadlines
    • Must have valid Driver's License and reliable transportation to attend outside meetings



Responsibilities will involve some flexible scheduling and work beyond the regularly scheduled workday, including evenings, weekends, and holidays.


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