Development Officer

Whitman College
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Feb 4, 2022

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Position Type
Programs, Other Programs
Employment Type
Full Time

Development Officer
Whitman College


Located in the historic community of Walla Walla, Whitman's vibrant and beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually diverse, dynamic, welcoming and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty serving approximately 1,500 students from the local region and across the globe. With an endowment exceeding $700 million, fiercely loyal alumni, exceptional students, and accomplished faculty and staff, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence ranking as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

To bolster this tradition of excellence, Whitman seeks an energetic team player who will raise private support from constituents in key locations across the country.

Whitman College is cultivating a community built on inclusion and belonging. We recognize the value of those who can offer historically underrepresented perspectives and encourage applications from those whose background, knowledge, and insights from lived experience can add to the college's working and learning environment. Whitman College is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer (EEO) .


As a member of the Major Gifts team, the Development Officer will manage a portfolio of prospective donors with an emphasis on Whitman alumni, parents, and friends who are able to make gifts of $25,000 to $1 million-plus in support of Whitman College strategic priorities. The Officer will have responsibility for fundraising in one or more regions. Collaborating with the Director of Major Gifts, academic leaders, volunteers, and other staff, the Officer will identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospective major gift donors, and develop and implement cultivation/solicitation strategies for each assigned prospective donor.

  1. Coordinate the participation of administrators, academic leaders, volunteers, and other staff in major gift fundraising activities. This may involve facilitating and participating in donor visits with College representatives, including the President when appropriate, and preparing donor briefings and cultivation strategies.
  2. Prepare written proposals and informational materials to secure major gifts.
  3. Provide stewardship to assigned prospective major gift donors by working with the Director of Development Communications and Donor Relations to prepare endowment agreements, special reports to donors on the use of their funds, and recognition activities.
  4. In consultation with the Reunion Giving Officer, identify prospective major gift donors and potential volunteers for milestone reunions.
  5. Participate in on-campus and regional events, often in partnership with other campus units including the Whitman Alumni Association, to engage donors and prospective donors to Whitman College.
  6. In consultation with the Director of Major Gifts, establish professional goals, objectives, and strategies for major gift fundraising. Participate in assessing progress toward goals.
  7. Track and measure progress toward achieving performance metrics established annually in consultation with the Director of Major Gifts.
  8. Submit contact reports and document interactions with donors in a timely manner using the Fundraiser Performance Management Platform.
  9. Participate in the development of policies and procedures relating to the major gift program, marketing materials for the major gift effort, and major gift cultivation and stewardship activities and events.
  10. Develop and manage a budget for outreach, travel and cultivation activities in assigned region(s).
  11. Maintain professional connections in and knowledge of major gift fundraising through conferences, webinars and other methods.
  12. Seek training necessary for proficiency in the appropriate use of gift planning techniques including gifts of appreciated property, charitable lead trusts, bequests, beneficiary designations, charitable remainder trusts, pooled income funds, gift annuities, retained life estates, and life insurance gifts.

  1. Highly motivated self-starter with adherence to timelines.
  2. Ability to be flexible in working in an environment with numerous deadlines and pressures.
  3. Strong verbal and written communication skills with an attention to detail.
  4. Demonstrated history of collaboration with colleagues with an ability to execute independently. Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with volunteers, staff members, administrators, and faculty.
  5. Skill in developing and implementing long-term strategic donor solicitation plans. Success in managing an individual portfolio of established donors and potential prospects or client relationships.
  6. Appreciation for the value of a residential liberal arts and sciences education.
  7. Desire to actively and positively contribute to Whitman's core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the Development and Alumni Relations Department's values of integrity, trust, respect, collaboration, accountability and inclusion.
  8. Familiarity with and ability to learn relevant technology platforms to prepare reports and other written documents using word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
  9. Discretion in dealing with confidential information and demonstrated willingness to uphold high ethical standards.

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Three years of relevant experience in fundraising or sales.
  • Current valid driver's license and insurable under Whitman's liability policy.

  • Some familiarity with gift planning techniques.


The Development Officer can expect to travel at least once per month for up to 7 days, and to have occasional evening and weekend commitments, such as staffing and participating in Reunion Weekend, Presidential receptions, and similar events.


Whitman offers competitive employee benefits, including medical, dental, vision and life insurances, a generous 10% matching contribution to the Whitman College 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan, and paid time off including 13 paid holidays for full-time staff vacation and sick leave. Learn more about benefits eligibility here.


At Whitman College, we take seriously the safety of our community. Whitman is a fully vaccinated campus, requiring all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. More information can be found here.


Application review will begin February 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.


April 1, 2022

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