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Manager for Annual Fund and Leadership Giving

The University of the Arts
Pennsylvania, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Jun 21, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund
Academic Centers, Education
Employment Type
Full Time
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JOB TITLE: Manager for Annual Fund and Leadership Giving

DEPARTMENT:  Advancement

REPORTS TO:  Assistant Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Government Relations

Summary: This position is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and successfully stewarding qualified prospects and donors. They will also manage the Annual Fund, and meet regularly with deans, faculty, and administrators to understand major priorities and goals and to provide timely information on donor cultivation. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Fundraises using a strategic and systematic focus on donors with Haviland Society gift capacity of $1,000 or more
  • Maintains and manages a robust schedule of Annual Fund appeals and communications, including multiple annual mailings, e-blasts, and other targeted donor outreach
  • Works closely with the Director of Advancement Services to determine optimal segmentation strategies for Annual Fund communications
  • Oversees and manages all aspects of the annual UArtist Day of Giving
  • Actively moves management of a portfolio of 75-100 donors and prospects
  • Designs and applies a custom cultivation strategy to each donor and prospect in their pipeline
  • Attends internal strategy meetings to determine and define the areas of greatest fundraising needs
  • Proactively identifies Annual Fund donors with major gift capacity and proposes for Major Gift Officer assignment, as appropriate

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions.  Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required.


  • Minimum 3-5 years demonstrated successful fundraising experience, preferably in higher education (or a comparably complex organization)
  • Demonstrated record of success in managing an annual fund or other communications-heavy giving program
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a diverse portfolio and steward donors through a moves management cycle
  • Familiarity with fundraising database systems (Raiser’s Edge preferred)

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and networking skills are essential
  • Ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances
  • Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective donors and campus partners, interacting in person as well as by telephone and other electronic means
  • Arts literacy, and some familiarity with the Philadelphia arts/university funding community, is preferred
  • Proven ability to manage multiple unique projects at once
  • May be trained to use data management tools
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, Google applications, Zoom
  • Ability to budget and manage university purchasing card
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as warranted


About The University:

University of the Arts’ mission is simple: to advance human creativity. Established in 1876, UArts believes creativity is the most essential skill for success in today’s society and has educated generations of groundbreaking artists, performers, designers and creative leaders for more than 141 years.  After being granted university status in 1987, University of the Arts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance, theater and writing. It now features 30 undergraduate arts majors, 15 graduate programs and the nation’s first PhD program in Creativity. UArts is also home to innovative centers across disciplines, including the Center for Immersive Media, Lightbox Film Center, Philadelphia Art Alliance and Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. Learn more about UArts.

TO APPLY: Interested, qualified applicants should submit letters of application and resumes to the Human Resources Department via email to  Please ensure job title is in the Subject line.

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