Executive Director of Development and Alumni Programs

Bulletin number: 2013-060SM

Opened:  November 22, 2013

Review of Applications begins: December 13, 2013
This posting may close at any time after review of applications begins.The hiring authority reserves the right and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision at any time after the review date.
Note: The College will be closed on November 28th and 29th, 2013 in observance of Thanksgiving.

The Evergreen State College is committed to prohibiting discrimination and to building a diverse faculty and staff. We strongly encourage qualified persons of all races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations, people with disabilities, persons over forty, women, Vietnam Era and disabled veterans to apply.

There is currently one full-time overtime-exempt Executive Director of Development and Alumni Programs position available on the Olympia Campus of The Evergreen State College. This position is an “at-will” appointment, exempt from Washington State Civil Service rules and the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime requirements.

The Evergreen State College is a progressive, public liberal arts and sciences college located in Olympia, Washington, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Since opening its doors in 1971, Evergreen has established a national reputation for leadership in developing innovative interdisciplinary, collaborative and team-taught academic programs. The college has a vibrant undergraduate program, graduate programs, and public service centers that constitute a unique academic setting. The college values a student-centered learning environment, a link between theory and practice, and a multicultural community of diverse faculty, students and staff working together. Current enrollment is approximately 4,500. For more information about Evergreen, please visit our college catalog or our website: http://www.evergreen.edu


  • Salary is $6,454 to $7,746 per month of full time work.
  • Experience and training may be considered in salary placement.
  • A full state benefits package which includes: paid sick and vacation leave; paid campus holidays; a generous medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts. For more information about Evergreen's excellent employee benefits, please view http://www.evergreen.edu/payroll/benefits.htm.
  • Permanent status employees that work 0.5 FTE or more are eligible for the tuition waiver program

The Executive Director of Development and Alumni Programs is responsible for leading the development staff in working with other campus leaders to design, organize, implement and assess a comprehensive development and alumni relations program for the College. The program incorporates annual fund raising, major individual, corporate, foundation, and planned gifts, as well as alumni programs initiatives.

Under the general direction of the Vice President for Advancement/Executive Director of the Foundation, the Executive Director serves as the primary manager of portfolios of major prospects and plans, manages and directs a comprehensive development program. This includes annual giving, targeted campaigns and initiatives, cultivation and fund raising events, volunteer support, prospect management and other cultivation and stewardship efforts. In addition, the Executive Director is responsible for leading the creation, implementation and evaluation of a diverse program of activities to engage alumni in the life of the college.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Three years of planning and managing a successful fundraising program including systematic cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Major Gift fund raising experience (within the last five years).
  • Experience leading a fundraising campaign.
  • Three years of successful supervisory experience.


  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • College or university professional experience strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated success in working and building relationships with major donors, senior-level executives, and board members.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities (project, personnel, institutional).
  • Familiarity with planned giving strategies and vehicles.
  • CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) certification.


  • Provide leadership and guidance to the college community to ensure that individual fund raising and alumni engagement efforts are integrated and consistent with the college’s overall mission, goals and objectives.
  • Plan, manage and implement a comprehensive development program including annual giving, major gift cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, targeted campaigns and initiatives, cultivation and fund raising events and volunteer support.
  • In collaboration with the Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Programs, plan, manage and implement a comprehensive alumni relations program including seminars, alumni speaking engagements on campus, student interaction with alumni, online alumni community building initiatives and alumni giving programs.
  • Responsible for synthesizing alumni programs and development activities in order to ensure alignment, synergies and maximum return on investment.
  • Responsible for strategic planning and goal setting to increase fund raising effectiveness and coordinate all development activities throughout the institution.
  • Identify, cultivate and solicit a portfolio of individuals for major gifts through ongoing contacts, making personal visits, combined with numerous additional written, telephone, event, and other contacts. Along with senior major giving staff, support others making major gift portfolios.
  • Coordinate solicitation of appropriate foundations and corporations in collaboration with other staff.
  • Maintain electronic information on prospect contacts, analyze complex donor, contact and budget information and submit timely reports on progress.
  • Prepare (conceive, write, contribute to) fund raising and alumni programs materials and provide pertinent articles for various college and departmental publications, including Evergreen Magazine. Collaborate closely with colleagues in Marketing, Communications and College Relations to drive fundraising and alumni programs forward by leveraging existing collateral, identifying synergies and working in partnership.
  • Provide primary staff leadership to The Evergreen State College Foundation Board of Governors’ Development Committee.
  • Motivate and coordinate faculty, staff, student assistants and volunteers in support of fund raising and alumni programs activities.
  • Provide staff support to the Provost and Academic Deans to develop and identify short- and long-term fund raising goals for various academic programs.
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with faculty and other key campus constituents.
  • Oversee the Major Gifts team and lead regular meetings. Support the President, Vice President for Advancement and Provost on their major gift calls as needed.
  • Oversee the Annual Fund program, providing support and guidance to the Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Programs.
  • Serve as an ambassador for the foundation and the college to various institutional divisions and internal audiences as well as external audiences including media, government agencies, funding agencies, students, and other constituent groups.
  • Attend regular team meetings and college events.
  • Maintain flexibility and ability to travel – including the ability to use technology to work and stay in contact from remote locations – and maintain a good driving record.
  • Develop and manage the fund raising and alumni programs budget.
  • Coordinate gift clubs, stewardship and donor recognition activities.
  • Actively participate in Advancement leadership with the Vice President and the Executive Director of Marketing, Communications and College Relations.
  • Serve on college committees as assigned.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


  • Ability to develop and implement comprehensive fund development goals, strategies and plans.
  • Ability to identify and target major funding prospects and to strategize, plan, organize, direct and evaluate solicitation programs.
  • Strong communication skills including presentation skills for individual, small group and large group presentations.
  • Ability to supervise, train and mentor employees, including organizing, prioritizing and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to plan, organize and direct multiple programs and activities, including appropriate budget planning.
  • Proven experience and success as a leader/manager.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with a wide range of constituents in a diverse community.
  • Strong interpersonal and community relations skills, including the ability to proactively develop and maintain relationships with key constituents.
  • Knowledge of annual giving programs and their operation within a higher education institution, including emerging trends, methods and technologies.
  • Knowledge and a proven track record in managing and closing major gifts.
  • Ability to successfully work in an environment that respects and promotes diversity.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a range of clientele and/or media sources.
  • Strong creative and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to understand, develop and manage fund raising budgets.
  • Skill in and ability to use standard office equipment and computer software such as Microsoft Office, internet browsers and centralized databases.
  • Ability to work self-sufficiently, with minimal clerical/administrative support.
  • Ability to coach and mentor junior staff (staff development) and upper management (fund raising skills).
  • Ability to identify and apply best practices and appropriate fund raising principles, methods and techniques.
  • Ability to use fund raising database, prospect management, and budget/spreadsheet software.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize personal workload.
  • Knowledge of and adherence to ethical standards of the fund raising profession.


  • Must provide proof of identity and employment eligibility within three days of beginning work.
  • May be required to pass a pre-employment background check.
  • May require occasional evening and/or weekend work.
  • Ability to travel and maintain a driver’s license with a good driving record.



1.    A letter of application that addresses the extent to which you meet the Minimum Qualifications and the Desired Qualifications, and that thoroughly describes how your qualifications, education, training and work experience has prepared you to demonstrate the first 4 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities statements listed above.
2.    A resume that includes a chronological work history that details your education, training and professional experience, including months and years in each position.
3.    At least three work-related references including name, address, and telephone number. Note: By providing this information you are authorizing the college to contact your references.
4.    An Affirmative Action Data Sheet (Word | PDF) Note: Submission of this statistical information is voluntary.

Please carefully read the job bulletin and submit all requested items by the review date for first consideration; this posting may close at any time after review of applications begins. The committee in its screening of applicants will assume your abilities and experience include only those elements specifically documented within your application materials. By submitting a completed application for this position you are acknowledging that all of the information that you have submitted to apply for this job is true and complete to the best of your knowledge. You understand that The Evergreen State College may verify this information and that untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if you are hired. If invited for an on-campus interview, you may be required to pay your own travel expenses.

Materials may be submitted using any one of the following options:
Email: jobline@evergreen.edu
Mail: The Evergreen State College
Human Resource Services, Library Bldg Room 3102
2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Olympia, WA  98505
Fax: (360) 867-6823
Or in person to the Human Resource Services office, Library Building room 3102.

Application materials submitted to the College become property of the College and will not be returned.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, call the Human Resource Services Office at (360) 867-5361 (voice), or (360) 867-6834 (TTY) or email your request to jobline@evergreen.edu.

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Executive Director of Development and Alumni Programs

Date Posted: November 22, 2013

The Executive Director of Development and Alumni Programs is responsible for leading the development staff in working with other campus leaders to design, organize, implement and assess a comprehensive development and alumni relations program for the College. The program incorporates annual fund raising, major individual, corporate, foundation, and planned gifts, as well as alumni programs initiatives.

Location: Olympia, Washington
The Evergreen State College