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New Position at Fort Lewis College! (Director of Annual Giving & Donor Relations)

  • 1.  New Position at Fort Lewis College! (Director of Annual Giving & Donor Relations)

    Posted 11-10-2021 10:13 AM

    I know that this isn't technically advancement services - but I am slightly biased and am really pushing for an annual giving director who is metric driven and interested in working closely with advancement services/development operations staff. This position is already posed for success. The college is beautiful, the students are stellar, and the entire advancement team is smart and geared up to learn and use the RE NXT database. Our current director of annual giving has created a path for the new person that is strategic and focuses on metric-based results. If you or anybody you know fits this role - send them my way! This is also posted in the AASP Career Center.  

    Director of Annual Giving & Donor Relations

    Advancement Office 

    Fort Lewis College 
    Durango, Colorado 


    Position Summary 

    The Director of Annual Giving & Donor Relations oversees all aspects of Fort Lewis College's annual giving and stewardship efforts. They will lead efforts for increasing annual giving revenue (i.e., gifts up to $10,000), broadening the base of support, and strengthening the major gift pipeline. They will also develop and implement a comprehensive and integrated stewardship and donor relations program fostering a culture of appreciation, recognition, accountability and ongoing engagement of FLC's donors, and strengthening philanthropic support of the college. 

    Minimum Qualifications 

    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university;  
    • At least 4 years of experience in project management specific to fundraising, marketing/sales, communication/public relations, or a related field; 
    • Strong organizational skills to effectively manage multiple and varied projects and meet deadlines;   
    • Proven ability to use data to properly inform decision making;  
    • Proven use of metrics to improve donor/customer base and/or gift count; 
    • Excellent writing skills;  
    • Commitment to Fort Lewis College's mission and values. 


    Preferred Qualifications 

    • Working knowledge of annual giving strategies;  
    • Experience working with donor relations/stewardship programs;  
    • Experience developing written materials for multiple, diverse audiences;  
    • Demonstrated experience in budget management including negotiating third party partnerships;  
    • Experience with fundraising databases, preferably Blackbaud products;  
    • Current with donor trends; using publications and fundraising networking programs  
    • Experience working professionally with social media and email marketing;  
    • Direct experience in higher education fundraising.   

    Major Responsibilities 

    • Enhance use of digital marketing (e.g., email, websites, social media) and analytics to improve segmentation and messaging to create a personal and positive experience for donors to easily give and be stewarded;  
    • Prioritize, design, and coordinate annual giving fundraising strategies that engage donors through one-to-many marketing channels driving projects such as:  
    • develop strong solicitation, engagement, and stewardship programs for key constituencies (e.g., alumni, parents, employees, friends) as well as key affinity groups; 
    • develop and execute on annual giving solicitation plans for the year, coordinating a communications calendar with overall FLC events and communication plans;  
    • coordinate crowdfunding campaigns;  
    • support individual units' annual giving solicitation plans; 
    • lead and coordinate FLC Giving Day.  
    • Provide strategic leadership and coordination of the College's donor communication and stewardship programs driving projects such as:   
    • annual impact report for donors; 
    • launch and manage individual FLC Foundation fund report for donors; 
    • support donor recognition event coordination;  
    • prioritize and submit philanthropic impact story ideas to feature in digital and print publications in coordination with the Marketing & Communications Department; 
    • donor communication preference tracking; 
    • evaluate and coordinate revisions to the existing donor acknowledgment process to ensure appropriate, consistent and equitable acknowledgment of gifts at all levels;  
    • Develop systems to facilitate success for annual giving and stewardship efforts:  
    • partner with the Marketing & Communications Department to ensure FLC's brand and overall marketing and communications strategy is used consistently and effectively;   
    • collaborate with college leadership to develop and monitor standards for consistent and appropriate recognition of donors to buildings and other physical spaces;  
    • plan and monitor budget expenditures for annual giving and stewardship efforts to effectively allocate resources;   
    • identify effective partner vendors for annual giving and stewardship opportunities and help negotiate contracts;  
    • collaborate closely with the Manager of Advancement Services;  
    • partner with the Director of Planned Giving to grow awareness of and participation in the Soaring Hawk legacy society;  
    • hire, train, and supervise student workers;  
    • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities;  
    • Maintain knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508;  
    • Produce and remediate digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards;  
    • Perform other duties as assigned.   

    Work Conditions 

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

    • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).  
    • Fast paced and fluid work environment   
    • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.  


    The salary range for this position is $62,000 to $67,000  plus a comprehensive benefits package.  

    Application Process 
    A complete application packet includes: 

    • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for position 
    • Include details regarding how your personal and professional experiences allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion.  "How do you envision contributing to Fort Lewis College's commitment to equity and inclusion?" 
    • Resume 
    • Names and contact information for three current, professional references 

    Submit materials as one PDF file via email to: 


    Application materials received by December 5, 2021,  will receive full consideration. 

    Position will remain open until filled. 


    The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts,  

    and pass a background check. 


    The College and the Community  

    Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas. 

    Equal Opportunity  

    Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.  

    To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See  

    Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?  

    Office of the Title 9 Coordinator  

    Molly Wieser  

    230 Skyhawk Station  

    1000 Rim Drive  

    Durango, Colorado 81301  

    (970) 247-7241 

    Other discrimination questions?   

    Office of the Equal Opportunity Coordinator  

    David Pirrone  

    192 Education Business Hall  

    1000 Rim Drive  

    Durango, Colorado 81301  

    (970) 247-7182 

    Information about Fort Lewis College's alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request. 

      * Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.  

    ADAA Accommodations  

    Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date. 

    Hillary Cote
    Manager of Advancement Services
    Fort Lewis College