Donor Relations Manager


About The Phi Beta Kappa Society

Founded on Dec. 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation's most prestigious academic honor society. It has chapters at 290 colleges and universities in the United States, nearly 50 alumni associations, and more than half a million members worldwide. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 41 U.S. Supreme Court Justices and more than 140 Nobel Laureates. The mission of The Phi Beta Kappa Society is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence.

About the Position

The Phi Beta Kappa Society is seeking a highly motivated development professional to develop, manage and execute strategies for fundraising, with an emphasis on cultivating individual donors through annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, and event sponsorships. Reporting to the Secretary/CEO and Associate Secretary/COO, the Donor Relations Manager will have the opportunity to be a driving force in Phi Beta Kappa’s growing development efforts as we expand fundraising, build a major and principal gifts program, and continue to refine online and direct mail campaigns aimed at contributing members. The Donor Relations Manager will collaborate closely with the Society’s leadership and staff to bring a perspective informed by development goals to the team-based approach that characterizes the work of the Society’s national office on behalf of members, volunteers, and other stakeholders.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Planning, developing, and executing strategies to secure private support for the Society’s ongoing and long-term financial needs; 
  • With CEO, COO and senior staff, help create and execute fundraising priorities for the Society;
  • Coordinate and carry out the annual giving program, including gift processing, data management, and preparation of correspondence and other customized communications;
  • Develop, track and maintain ongoing relationships with significant donors and prospects, through research and data analysis, as well as preparation of proposals, gift agreements, and reports, and on-going direct contact with donors;
  • Develop and maintain systems to ensure accuracy of donor records in member database; to track donor contacts, gifts, and other information; and to develop and assemble regular reports on donor activity, giving histories, and fundraising progress;
  • Support other development efforts, including direct mail, e-appeal fundraising, web pages, and digital outreach;
  • Coordinate and organize meetings, travel and other donor-related efforts (including special events) in support of development; and
  • Other duties as assigned related to fundraising and development projects, as well as general support of Society events and outreach.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 3-4 years’ development/fundraising experience involving identification and cultivation of individual donors
  • Strong attention to detail and demonstrated excellence in organizational and time management skills 
  • Strong communication skills, including ability to write well and speak persuasively about the value of liberal arts education
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a team and to function independently 
  • Demonstrated experience working with relevant databases and tools such as iMIS, Informz, and Donor Search.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Five or more years’ development/fundraising experience that includes annual giving programs, planned giving and/or capital campaigns
  • Knowledge of fundraising context for cultural organizations, higher education, and/or membership organizations
  • Interest in growing into more senior role as the development function at the Society expands
  • Phi Beta Kappa membership.

Salary and Benefits

Salary will be commensurate with experience. The Phi Beta Kappa Society offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and retirement benefits, and is located in the heart of Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.

How to Apply

To apply, please send resume, cover letter and a short sample of professional writing to Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until a successful applicant is found. The Phi Beta Kappa Society is an equal opportunity employer. 

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