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The Development Content Strategist, in partnership with the Director of Development, oversees content management of the Annual Giving program and associated activities.
Responsibilities include writing and/or editing WSU Foundation annual giving appeals, including, Presidential priority fundraising appeals and segmentation strategies for all University-wide fundraising appeals, membership events, acquisition strategies and events, stewardship and recognition. Initiates and monitors strategies to increase the donor base and the amount of funds raised on an annual basis for University-wide and cross-constituency appeals; designs ongoing reporting and acknowledgement systems to measure progress toward fundraising goals and to ensure timely and accurate stewardship.
The incumbent ensures all segmentation strategies complement each other; organizes, implements and evaluates major and special donor giving strategies in coordination with Director of Development and Strategic Marketing Analyst Initiates fundraising, cultivation and stewardship strategies for the President’s Associates Program that will result in increased giving and sustainable donor relationships with the organization.
Other duties include participates in and/or coordinates the development and implementation of fundraising activities to meet the Annual Giving unit’s goals. Represents the WSU Foundation and the University to internal and external constituents. Fosters positive working relationships necessary to meet unit and fiscal year goals. Engages in fundraising activities to include cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors.
Positions require a Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications or related field and two (2) years of professional level writing/editing experience which has included word processing computer applications and a demonstrated knowledge of graphic arts principles. A Master’s degree in a relevant field may be substituted for up to (1) one year of the required experience.
Experience writing and editing other forms of marketing communications, including copy for newsletters, brochures, websites, and ads.
Experience working with photographers, designers, printers, and web publishers.
Fundraising experience and/or demonstrated success in fundraising or relevant sales, marketing, or public relations positions.
Teamwork experience with other writers, editors, proofreaders, and fundraisers.
Demonstrated experience with donor-prospect research and ‘moves management’ systems.
The WSU Foundation
Established in 1979, the WSU Foundation was created not as an object of philanthropy itself but, rather, as the preferred mechanism through which private support is raised and managed for the sole benefit of Washington State University. Since its inception, the WSU Foundation has raised more than $1.33 billion in private commitments in support of programs and initiatives across Washington State University.
The Pullman campus, founded in 1890, features world-class facilities for teaching, research, the arts, and Pacific-12 Conference athletics. The campus is located on more than 620 acres among the rolling hills of southeastern Washington in a geographic region known as the Palouse. Due to significant investments from the state as well as private and federal support, outstanding new campus facilities have been constructed and others upgraded significantly during the past decade. Major new facilities include the PACCAR Environmental Technology Building, the Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health, the Biotechnology Life Sciences Facility, and the Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building. Recent construction of three residence halls, a championship-level golf course, and a major addition to Martin Stadium, as well as construction of a football operations building, provide important amenities for the university community and contribute to Pullman’s status as a destination campus. Enrollment at the Pullman campus totaled 20,043 students for fall semester 2015—a record number. About 1,500 faculty, supported by 1,600 graduate assistants and 2,900 administrators and staff, work on the campus.
Pullman is a dynamic center of higher education, research, and culture located in a region called the Palouse. The region is home to two land grant universities, Washington State University and the University of Idaho located just eight miles to the east in Moscow, Idaho. Washington’s second-largest city, Spokane, is located 75 miles north of Pullman. Demographics Daily designated Pullman a “dreamtown,” reflecting the city’s exceptionally high quality of life. Bloomberg Businessweek named Pullman the “Best Places to Raise Your Kids” in Washington. The city also boasts one of the highest percentages of graduate degrees among U.S. micropolitan areas, and its public school system has been ranked among the top 100 in the country. World-class outdoor recreation opportunities—including golfing, skiing, hiking, and boating—are just a short drive away.
Competitive benefits available hrs.wsu.edu/benefits
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