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Senior Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement Officer

IES Abroad
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 2, 2022

Status: Full-time, exempt
Schedule: M-F, 8.30a.m. - 4.30p.m CST (37.5 hrs/week) including occasional evening and weekend work. This position requires approximately 50% travel based on business needs and position requirements.
Reports to: Executive Director of Advancement
Direct reports: None
Start date: ASAP
Location: Remote or Chicago, IL

About us:

Everything we do is about the IES Abroad student. Our profoundly passionate team of study abroad professionals believes in creating once-in-a-lifetime educational adventures that transcend expectations.

From our headquarters in Chicago to our 400+ study abroad programs in 85 global locations worldwide, we create authentic global education and life-affirming cultural experiences. We work at IES Abroad because we believe that every student should have the opportunity to go abroad - especially in a fun, safe, and superior academic and cultural environment.

We believe so strongly in the power of our program, that we actively recruit students from underrepresented populations and provide millions in scholarships and aid year after year. We are proud that our students are as diverse and exciting as the countries we study.

We're not ashamed to admit, we're a little bit obsessed with study abroad.

When you join IES Abroad, you are a part of a diverse community of global leaders who know that our differences in skills and backgrounds are just as important as our shared passions and mission. Our work to educate students to become global leaders is grounded in our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. We are a global organization made up of colleagues with a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives, and we are committed to creating an inclusive, welcoming environment for all employees, surrounded by a mix of talented professionals. You'll want to come to work and, more importantly, want to stay and advance our mission together.

Summary of position:

The Senior Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement Officer will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and successfully stewarding qualified prospects and donors with a capacity of contributing gifts of $10,000-$25,000+. The position is a key member of the Advancement and Alumni Engagement team and will help ensure the success of IES Abroad's philanthropic initiatives and goals.

Essential job responsibilities & duties

  • Develop and manage a portfolio of approximately 100 donors and prospects employing donor-centric communications and engagement strategies.
  • Frequent travel required for in-person meetings to achieve a goal of 100+ in person and virtual individual meetings annually.
  • Work independently and collaborate with Advancement and Alumni Engagement team and across IES Abroad departments to develop funding proposals and stewardship plans which match donor interests with institutional priorities.
  • Report regularly to Executive Director on progress and results of the prospect portfolio
  • Develop and host alumni in-person events and virtual class reunions as a means of engagement and prospect identification.
  • Utilize CRM database to complete and file thorough call reports of contacts in a timely manner.
  • Create a yearly plan for engagement in conjunction with the Executive Director
  • Other duties as assigned or required, including occasional evening and weekend work and travel.

Experience & Qualifications/Skills:

  • 5-7 years of successful fundraising experience including individual gift cultivation and solicitations. Experience with development of planned gift proposals a plus.
  • A commitment to and ability to communicate IES Abroad's mission and values
  • Self-motivated, autonomous work ethic with ability to collaborate within a team.
  • Ability to travel frequently and to put together efficient, productive itineraries within travel budget
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize
  • Proficiency with database software, Zoom, email, calendar software, and Microsoft Office, (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) - experience with Raisers Edge a plus
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interface professionally and tailor communications according to audience
  • Ability to work occasional weekends and evenings dependent on workload or event support
  • Good judgment and a high level of intercultural competence
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and handle sensitive information and material in a discretionary manner

Education, licenses and/or certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree (Master's Degree preferred) or equivalent work experience
  • Must have a valid U.S. driver's license and the ability and willingness to drive as required

How to Apply:

All applicants should submit an application including cover letterresume, and salary requirements by clicking 'Apply Now' at the side of this page.

Please visit for more information about working at IES Abroad. If you require an accommodation with the application process, please email

Equal Opportunity Employment:

IES Abroad is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. We strive to treat people with respect; fully utilizing employee's abilities and promoting workforce diversity.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and do not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, color, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin, citizenship, religion, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, veteran status, and/or any other status protected by applicable laws.

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