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Development Specialist
South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Washington
Date Posted 04/01/2021
Admin-Development and Fund Raising
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) seeks a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Development Specialist.

The Development Specialist is responsible for annual fundraising efforts in support of the Foundation Mission and Strategic Plan. The Development Specialist reports to the Development Director of the College Foundation and actively participates in the planning and execution of the annual giving program, the annual scholarship program, and general outreach for the Foundation, including direct mailings, phone appeals, and online media management. This position is responsible for meeting annual giving fundraising and friend-raising goals, including personal solicitation efforts, as well as promotion for the Foundation in the local community.

South Puget Sound Community College is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its professional staff. A firm understanding of antiracist policy development coupled with the skills to eliminate barriers that harm underrepresented people is a college requirement. The students that we serve come from a variety of backgrounds. On average, 43% of SPSCC students are people of color. We strongly encourage members of the underrepresented groups, veterans, and bi- or multi-lingual individuals to apply for this position to help meet the needs of our diverse students and service district.

We also offer:
  • Free Bus service every 15 minutes to downtown Olympia and beyond
  • Gym and recreation facilities
  • FREE parking on our campuses – permits are not required
  • On-campus child care
  • Lots of activities with our Artist & Lecture series, which are FREE for staff and faculty
  • Many community events in the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts
  • The Clipper Café specializing in seasonal comfort foods
  • The Bake Shop offering daily baked goods made by our students
  • Fine dining in the Percival Room, offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices as part of our Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts programs
  • Campus bookstore offering snacks, apparel, and specialty supplies
  • Percival Creek running beneath our campus footbridge, providing year-round beauty and views of Chinook, Coho, and chum salmon runs.
  • Marked walking paths on nicely paved sidewalks
  • A variety of wellness workshops and events
  • Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that offer an opportunity for SPSCC employees to gather and connect around issues that define them personally, and which affect their work at the College and their professional development. Current Employee Resource Groups include:
    • Staff and Faculty of Color (SFOC) ERG - an employee network which strives to create an intentional and relational foundation for community and trust building across different groups through shared values.

What You'll Do

Major Responsibilities:

  • Actively maintains a donor portfolio and implements strategies for annual giving fundraising, friend-raising, and stewardship for Student Success, scholarships, and college programs.
  • Plans and organizes appeals and engagement opportunities, including events, mailings, phone-a-thons, alumni engagements, and digital fundraising campaigns.
  • Tracks donor relationships and identifies prospective donors through Raiser’s Edge NXT with contact reports, notes, actions, and alerts.
  • Maintains the Development’s use of digital presence (e.g., email, website, social media) to improve the Foundation’s outreach and fundraising efforts by creating personal and positive experiences for donors while celebrating stories of student success.
  • Works with Executive Director, Director of Development, and Database Coordinator on moves management system to develop strong and consistent solicitation, engagement, and stewardship programs.
  • Coordinates with the Director of Development and College’s Public Relations Office to create correspondence, promotional materials, solicitations, newsletters, and thank you letters.
  • Utilizes project management skills by maintaining a donor communications calendar, balancing solicitations and stewardship and tracking donor metrics of acquisition, retention, and recapture rates.
  • Serves on Foundation committees and participate in community and social events that promote the College and cultivate relationships leading to philanthropic gifts.
  • Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of student volunteers and work-study students.

Special Projects include:

Annual staff and faculty giving campaign, annual and year end appeals, fundraising annual scholarships, Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign, Campus Giving (Staff and faculty), Annual Report, monthly e-newsletter, donor stewardship letters, donor and student stories, and Foundation hosted events. Work with Development Director to provide event coordination for annual fundraising golf tournament, annual gala, annual stewardship event, and occasional donor events. Other various projects as needed.

Qualifications You Possess

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education/experience
  • Work experience in a related field including development, fundraising, business development/sales, and/or nonprofit.
  • Experience working with a diverse group of people, (volunteers, students, faculty and staff) with different backgrounds and experiences.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Passionate about education and the missions of the College and Foundation.
  • Exceptional people skills and high level of proficiency in written and oral communication.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking skills
  • Ability to work occasional evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet expected deadlines.
  • Strong computer skills, including use of MS Office suite, social media marketing, and a constituent relationship management (CRM) system. Raiser’s Edge experience and web management a plus.
  • Discretion and professional judgment in a community-facing and institutional-facing role.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage time effectively with the ability to work on several projects at one time.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Self-motivated independent thinker.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge or other donor management software.
  • Outgoing and comfortable with cold calling, networking and public speaking.
  • A passion for people and the benefits of higher education and community colleges.

To Apply

Applications must be completed online and include the following attachments:
1. Cover letter addressed to the Screening Committee highlighting your ability to perform the responsibilities and competencies described in the job posting.
2. Current resume/CV showing all educational and professional experience which demonstrates how you meet the minimum and any preferred qualifications.

Top candidates will be notified directly of their invitation to interview for this position. Selection will be based on the applicant’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties listed in this job posting as identified in the materials requested above. Applications with comments directing the reader to see attachments will be considered incomplete.

Veterans Preference
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wishing to claim Veterans Preference should redact their personally identifiable information from a copy of their United States Department of Veterans Affairs honorable discharge documentation and email to neaton2@spscc.edu with the job number for which they are applying in the subject line.

Background Check Condition of Employment
Employment with the college is contingent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive background check. Any adverse information will be considered on a case-by-case basis and does not automatically preclude a candidate from employment.

Bargaining Unit
This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees.

South Puget Sound Community College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator
South Puget Sound Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). SPSCC provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, Title II and Title IX, Samantha Dotson, Executive Human Resource Officer /Title IX Coordinator, 360-596-5361, ssoto@spscc.edu, Building 25, Room 220, 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512; South Puget Sound Community College is a smoke-free/drug free environment.

Applicants needing accommodation in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at (360) 596-5500.
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