Capital Campaigns/Endowment, Donor Relations/Stewardship, Major Gifts
4 Year Degree
Friends of Waterfront Seattle is the City of Seattle’s nonprofit partner helping to build the Waterfront Park and ensure its lasting success. Following the public-benefit partnership model, Friends educates the public about the park and its benefits, raises philanthropic funds to build the park, and will partner with the City to steward, fund, and manage the park long term. Its goal is to make the central waterfront a vibrant public mixing ground where all communities can share cultural, recreational, and civic experiences in a beautiful environment. This monumental effort will happen through the power of philanthropy leveraging public investment that capitalizes on major, necessary infrastructure projects, overall an approximately $1 billion capital project. Over ten years, Friends is working to achieve a $200 million comprehensive campaign goal raising $110 million by 2024 from philanthropic sources to support the park’s construction and $90 million to support ongoing park operations, programming, and grow Friends’ internal capacity to operate the park in perpetuity.
A seasoned, energetic, and self-motivated accelerator of major gifts, the Associate Chief Philanthropy Officer provides leadership and direction for Friends’ premier major gifts and stewardship program at one of the nation’s most visionary waterfront parks. This new position reports directly to Friends’ Chief Philanthropy Officer and will supervise a team of two Major Gifts Officers and a Stewardship Manager. The Associate Chief Philanthropy Officer will be expected to build and manage a portfolio of major donors and prospects with the potential to make six-figure and seven-figure gifts. To be successful, the Associate Chief Philanthropy Officer will need to focus on building a strong, diverse base of major giving prospects and donors, while building a pipeline of new donor prospects. This position will be based in Seattle, with the ability to work remotely until able to safely relocate there.
The ideal candidate must bring a genuine and enthusiastic commitment to the vision and values of Friends of Waterfront Seattle with at least five to seven years of experience building successful individual giving programs that includes managing major gift officers and stewardship professionals. Prior experience in campaigns, public/private partnerships, and/or an understanding of Seattle’s philanthropic community would be an advantage. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college is required.