Responsible for increasing annual fund giving to Lowell Observatory, the Annual Giving Officer understands and employs the development process to create and maintain positive relationships between donors and members of the Observatory resulting in an increase in membership level giving and annual fund gifts. This position works in harmony with all members of the Development team, including the Membership and Major Gifts teams. The Annual Giving Officer reports to the Development Manager.
ESSENTIALDUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Enhances relationships with long-time, loyal members and important friends of the Observatory and is expected to use the development process to increase giving from these friends.
The Annual Giving Officer is responsible for increasing support to the Annual Fund and increasing Annual Fund income by cultivating and soliciting leadership unrestricted gifts from members at the $250+ level. The position is also responsible for mass communications solicitations through written and electronic means. Other duties include:
Creating and supporting meaningful stewardship of loyal members and donors with the intent of moving them up the membership and annual fund giving levels;
Developing and implementing cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for loyal and upper level members and annual fund donors;
Making one-on-one visits to current and prospective donors with the intent of increasing their giving;
Developing and implementing stewardship events aimed at higher level members and annual fund donors.
Writing and distributing mass annual giving appeal letters and email materials;
Demonstrating empathetic disposition and perseverance;
Reflects optimism and positive attitude, and conveying sensitivity to needs of the donors;
Adhering to the highest ethical standards.
Other duties as assigned.
Works with regional Friends of Lowell clubs, recruits and supports regional volunteer leaders, arranges annual visits by Lowell astronomers, and coordinates visits by club groups to Lowell Observatory. Plans and implements regional club annual fund solicitation strategies and events.
Works collaboratively with major gifts team, other development staff, Observatory staff, Advisory Board members, and other volunteers with an eye to increasing membership and annual fund giving.
Manages a portfolio of annual fund gift prospects. Travels to primary territories, as needed, to develop and support regional club activities and create meaningful relationships and close major annual fund gifts.
High degree of reading, writing, and verbal skills.
High level of organizational and record keeping skills.
Skilled in building and maintaining relationships with a wide variety of people.
Able to and willing to seek input and collaboration with others.
Ability to travel as needed, local and out of state.
High degree of comfort with technology, especially Word, Excel and Raisers’ Edge or other donor data bases.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
College degree required. Degree in science a plus.
Three years of experience in fundraising: direct personal solicitations of gifts and/or demonstrated success with written and electronic mass fundraising solicitations and extensive knowledge of the fundraising process.
Status: Full time, Regular FLSA Classification: Exempt Compensation Type: Salary Benefit Eligible: Yes Location: Flagstaff, Lowell Observatory’s Mars Hill Campus
To Apply: Please complete an application (https://lowell.edu/about/employment/) and send it with a resume, letter of interest, phone numbers and/or email addresses of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Position is open until filled. First round of application review will begin November 29th.
Benefits Overview: In addition to 10 scheduled paid holidays, Lowell Observatory offers a Flexible Paid Time Off policy for all full-time, benefit eligible employees which allows you to determine how much time you need to rest and enjoy yourself outside of work. The cost of premiums for medical, life & long term disability insurances for benefit eligible employees is 100% paid by the company, and includes a contribution to either an H.S.A or HRA account for first dollar medical expenses.
Lowell Observatory is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and provides equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status.
Lowell Observatory provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. This nonsmoking campus is at an elevation of 7,000 ft/2100m. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources office for assistance.
About Lowell Observatory
Lowell Observatory is a private, nonprofit research institution founded in 1894 by Percival Lowell with a dual mission of astronomical research and public education. Astronomers at Lowell conduct research in most major areas of astronomy and astrophysics using local facilities, as well as major ground-based telescopes world-wide and space-based facilities. The Observatory’s visitor program features a science center and museum, historic telescopes and astronomical instrumentation, daily tours, special programs, and evening viewing open to the general public, hosting over 90,000 visitors annually.