PRIMARY PURPOSE/GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
Scripps College invites applications for the position of Senior Advancement Officer (SAO) Parent Engagement and Philanthropy, in the College’s office of Institutional Advancement. Reporting to the Director of Parent Philanthropy, this position will have primary responsibility for cultivation and solicitation strategies for current and past parents of the College to secure six-figure, and above, outright and life income gifts, as well as leadership Annual Fund gifts.
The SAO will also work to increase engagement through the management of events for the Scripps Association of Families. These include but are not limited to Summer Welcome Receptions, New Family Orientation, The Dean's Call Out, Scripps in Residence program, Family Weekend, and other regional programs to build greater parent interest, involvement, and philanthropy for Scripps College.
Scripps College welcomes applicants who are goal-oriented, who work well independently as well as being an effective member of a dynamic team. We are looking for a candidate with the knowledge and skills to step into a key engagement and fundraising program with the goal of achieving even greater success.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
This information is descriptive of the key responsibilities of the position. The list of essential functions below does not identify all duties performed by any single incumbent in this position. Perform other duties as assigned.
- The Senior Advancement Officer—Parent Philanthropy and Engagement is responsible for managing a mixed portfolio of major and principal gifts from parent prospects on an annual basis. The SAO will qualify prospects and cultivate potential donors, develop solicitation strategies, identify gift opportunities that match donors' interests, personally solicit gifts and continually steward major gift donors. The SAO will visit and document 100 prospect visits per year, she/he will have a portfolio of parent prospects in a defined geographic region, specifically throughout areas of California.
- The SAO will follow-up all donor or prospective contacts with meticulous, thoughtful, and appropriate correspondence and maintain internal record keeping as defined by office protocols. She/he will work collaboratively with other members of the Advancement team to identify, cultivate, research and solicit prospective and current donors. The successful candidate will be a proficient user of fundraising databases, and able to order/run routine reports.
- The SAO will identify, recruit, train, solicit and manage volunteer peer parent solicitors, providing relevant reports, contact information, and assignments. This position will oversee parent peer welcome calls each fall and peer solicitation calls throughout the year.
- The SAO will oversee the programming, marketing, logistics, and strategic follow up for events sponsored by the Office of Parent Engagement and Philanthropy. She/ he will work to ensure effective, welcoming and comprehensive programming for families including:
On campus events:
- New Families Orientation on campus in the fall, serving more than 250 new families and their students through comprehensive orientation seminars and events.
- Family Weekend, serving more than 700 families and their students through developing educational sessions, extra-curricular experiences, tours, talks and social/networking activities on campus throughout the weekend.
- The annual Dean's Call Out event, focusing on providing vital information to new families and connecting them directly with the Dean of Students and Dean of Faculty.
- Scripps In Residence program, a high-touch cultivation experience for alumnae and parents to engage with students and the campus for two days.
- Seven to ten regional Welcome Reception events for new families around the country each summer.
- Regional events focused on networking in key areas with high concentrations of Scripps families.
- The SAO will develop and maintain a thorough knowledge of Scripps College, its history, people, programs, and initiatives. She/he will meet department standards, policies, and procedures with respect to all aspects of his/her work.
- Active support for the College’s Principles of Community and Principles of Diversity in the performance of job duties.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:
Individual must possess knowledge, skills, and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of this position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
- High energy and capacity to convey commitment and passion for Scripps College.
- Able to represent the College and the department in a professional manner at all times with tact, sensitivity and mature judgment.
- Superior writing and communication skills and pride in producing high quality, meticulous work.
- Strong organizational and project management skills. Able to manage multiple tasks while satisfying expectations and prioritizing work to meet deadlines.
- Strong interpersonal and networking skills to work effectively and build relationships with diverse and multiple constituencies including Scripps Association of Families leadership and College trustees.
- Ability to be proactive and work independently, as well as collaboratively.
- Experience in planning and organizing special events. Self-starter, out-of-the box creativity.
LICENSES / CERTIFICATES:
Must have the ability to drive safely as needed. Must meet the College automobile liability insurance company's requirements.
This position resides within the Office of Parent Engagement and Philanthropy in Institutional Advancement and reports to the Director of Parent Philanthropy.
Hours, Classification, and Status:
This is a regular, full-time, benefits-eligible, exempt position.
The regular hours for this full-time position are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Hours may vary due to the needs of the College or department.
Ability to work some evenings and weekends and travel as needed.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is quiet to moderate.
Physical and Mental Requirements
Ability to maintain good concentration level while dealing with interruptions; attention to details with emphasis on accuracy; capable of giving, receiving, and analyzing information, formulating work plans, and articulating goals and action plans.
Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time. Reaching and extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than the whole hand(s), or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard. Communication skills using the spoken word. Ability to see within normal parameters. Ability to hear within normal parameters. Ability to bend and stoop, for example, to file. Ability to move about. Ability to lift and carry short distances up to 20 lbs., for example to lift or move office supplies, files, books and packages.
Regular employment at the College is for no specified period of time; conditions and status of employment (hours, pay, title, duties, etc.) are subject to change at any time. Scripps College is an At-Will employer. Employees, and likewise the College, are free to end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without notice or cause, unless otherwise prohibited by law.
Scripps College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, medical condition including genetic characteristics, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local law.