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Philanthropy Specialist

Employer
American Chemical Society
Location
District of Columbia, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Mar 8, 2024

Division and Unit Overview

The American Chemical Society (ACS) provides information, education, career services, professional development and engagement programs to chemists worldwide who are addressing some of the most challenging scientific issues of our time. ACS also supports teaching and learning for students of all ages through grants and scholarships, and encourages investments in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, research and innovation. The goal of the Office of Philanthropy at ACS is to advance the mission of the Society through the development of philanthropic partnerships. In its efforts to seek and secure private support for Society programs, the Office of Philanthropy collaborates with a wide variety of groups within the Society and works to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward numerous individuals, corporations, and foundations. The successful Corporate Giving Associate will contribute to the growth and retention of funding from corporations, working in close collaboration with the Director of Corporate Partnerships to steward existing donors, identify new prospective donors, and develop their own prospect portfolio. All members of the Office of Philanthropy are committed to the Society’s overarching mission and its core values; and, as representatives of the Society to its philanthropic partners, are expected to demonstrate professionalism, integrity, and discretion at all times.

Position Summary

Corporations are a key donor constituency for the ACS and the Corporate Giving Associate will contribute significantly to the fundraising success of ACS.  The Corporate Giving Associate will strengthen and expand the cadre of corporations and corporate foundations that philanthropically support ACS programs, working collaboratively within the Office of Philanthropy, as well as with various program staff throughout the Society to effectively communicate the importance and impact of Society programs to corporate prospects and donors. The Corporate Giving Associate will take a keen interest in the corporate chemistry enterprise and work to understand its needs, in order to identify potential synergies between this prospective donor pool and ACS fundraising objectives. They will be required to navigate a varied workload with both short-term and long-term timelines, keeping many projects moving at once, and managing multiple priorities and emerging opportunities while meeting firm deadlines. This position requires excellent communication skills, a collaborative spirit, the capacity to receive and integrate feedback, and a commitment to ACS’ mission, core values, and goals.

Position Accountabilities

  • Develops compelling proposals/requests and outcomes-oriented reports, collaborating within the Philanthropy team and with program staff to distill and sharpen material into a clear and compelling narrative.  Additionally, works with finance staff to submit accurate accompanying budgets and expense reports.  Shepards work products through necessary revision and review loops.
  • Takes responsibility for adhering to corporate-donor deadlines, proactively coordinating with the Philanthropy team, various program staff, and Finance staff to ensure that deadlines are met without fail.
  • Drafts customized acknowledgement letters and custom cover letters that accompany proposals and reports.
  • Provides research on prospective donors, helping the team assess their suitability as prospects and developing initial cultivation strategies. Develops and maintains detailed profiles on key corporate prospects/donors.
  • Assists the Director of Corporate Partnerships in cultivation and stewardship of various corporate donors, and develops a prospect pool of their own under the mentorship of the Director of Corporate Partnerships.
  • Ensures that corporate records in the constituent database are up to date, entering correspondence, meeting reports, and constituent information as needed.
  • Contributes to the planning and execution of special events, which may occur in the evenings and/or during the weekend.
  • Contributes to the Office of Philanthropy in other ways, assisting with general tasks as needed. 

Education/Experience/Skillset

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required. 3+ years of professional experience. (Internship experience considered).
  • Excellent communication skills are a must – both written and oral – with proven ability to communicate professionally, persuasively, and accurately.
  • A self-starter, with ability to organize time and set priorities, multi-task, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, fostering a spirit of cooperation between groups.
  • Ability to identify problems, investigate proactively to propose a solution, and know when to ask for help.
  • Ability to receive feedback, convert feedback into positive changes and opportunities for professional growth and learning, as well as proactively provide input to strengthen work processes and products within the group.
  • Interest in science and/or science education desired.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite – including Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

This position will be primarily based in the Washington D.C. office. ACS employees work a hybrid work schedule, consisting of working onsite, three days per week. ACS employees are in the office on Tuesday and Wednesday with the third in-office day scheduled in consultation with the manager. While always welcome to work in the office, employees may work the other two days of the week from a location of their choice. New employees are immediately eligible for this hybrid work arrangement. ACS offers relocation assistance, if applicable.

 

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