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Individual Giving Officer


Reed is seeking an Individual Giving Officer to join our team responsible for securing funds by managing a pool of assigned, highly rated donors. This position focuses on securing six- and seven-figure major gifts, bookable planned gifts, and leadership-level annual fund gifts. There is extensive travel, approximately ten days a month - primarily domestically, east coast and west. This position reports to the Director of Individual Giving.

Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive and cost-free medical and dental insurance for you, and 60% discount on medical and dental insurance for your dependents, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities. This is a full time, exempt role with a starting pay of $100k-$120k annualized.

Who You Are

  •  You have 5 years of fundraising experience in higher ed, non profit, hospital or similar relevant work experience
  •  You have the demonstrated ability to translate the mission of an organization into fundraising opportunities
  •  You are an exceptional active listener; you listen for cues to determine next steps
  • You use diplomacy and tact to build strong relationships to motivate donors
  •  You are adept at navigating sensitive, crucial conversations 
  •  You are able to travel multiple days per month in varying weather conditions to remote rural and city locations
  • You have a demonstrated commitment to advancing equity. You are self-aware and comfortable working on teams with varying gender, racial, socio-economic, ability, sexual orientation, and cultural identities
  • You are able to implement and manage donor strategies, including individualized cultivation, solicitation and recognition plans.
  • You have impeccable integrity and always maintain the highest standards of confidentiality
  • You are individually motivated to identify and accomplish your goals
  • You are always thinking about the big picture while using data to make informed decisions and to pivot as needed

What You’ll Do

  • Secure at least $1 million in gifts, annually
  • Make 100-120 personal visits to current and prospective donors annually, with the goal of one third of the visits including fundraising asks
  • Create and follow an annual operating plan to secure gifts while ensuring annual fund gifts are retained and upgraded
  • Create and execute fundraising proposals and individualized strategic plans for assigned prospects
  • Coordinate and participate in events, which occasionally include evenings and weekends
  • Collaborate with colleagues to deliver messaging and programing that accurately and persuasively articulates the college’s mission, values and goals

Application Instructions

Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. As you apply online, you will be asked to provide an answer to the following:  

If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early; special consideration will be given to applications submitted no later than midnight Pacific on Sunday, March 19, 2023. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. 

Reed College replies to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.