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.
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.
- 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
- Prepare written proposals and informational materials to secure
- 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.
- In consultation with the Reunion Giving Officer, identify
prospective major gift donors and potential volunteers for
- 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
- In consultation with the Director of Major Gifts, establish
professional goals, objectives, and strategies for major gift
fundraising. Participate in assessing progress toward goals.
- Track and measure progress toward achieving performance metrics
established annually in consultation with the Director of Major
- Submit contact reports and document interactions with donors in
a timely manner using the Fundraiser Performance Management
- 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.
- Develop and manage a budget for outreach, travel and
cultivation activities in assigned region(s).
- Maintain professional connections in and knowledge of major
gift fundraising through conferences, webinars and other
- 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
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Highly motivated self-starter with adherence to timelines.
- Ability to be flexible in working in an environment with
numerous deadlines and pressures.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills with an
attention to detail.
- 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.
- 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
- Appreciation for the value of a residential liberal arts and
- 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.
- Familiarity with and ability to learn relevant technology
platforms to prepare reports and other written documents using word
processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
- 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
- Current valid driver's license and insurable under Whitman's
- 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
full-time staff vacation
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
For full application instructions and position description,