Founded in 1845, Wittenberg is a nationally ranked, private, liberal arts college related to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has an enrollment of about 2,000 students. Wittenberg enjoys a national reputation for excellent academic standards and is widely known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Wittenberg has an exceptional staff and award-winning faculty who share a commitment to undergraduate teaching, research, and development of students into successful global citizens. Situated on 100 acres of rolling hills in Springfield Ohio, Wittenberg is easily accessible from Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.
The Advancement office is recruiting for a Senior Associate Director of Prospect Management and Research. The Senior Associate Director supports and guides the fundraising efforts of the University by conducting research, categorizing prospects and donors in terms of interest and capacity, and determining when they should be moved to active prospect lists for cultivation, solicitation, & stewardship. Additionally, this position assigns prospects by interest and affinity, manages movement through the pipeline, assists major gift officers in planning strategies and priorities, tracks the progress of major gift officers with their prospect portfolios, and maintains the contact history. The Senior Associate Director of Prospect Management and Research reports to the Director of Advancement Services, meets the research needs of the Vice President for Advancement and the University President, and promotes Wittenberg University by sharing the university's mission.
Essential functions include, but are not limited to:
- Help the University identify prospective donors and manage prospects and donors by overseeing the management of the prospect/donor research, prepare capacity/affinity reports, evaluate prospects, and ensure they are moved through the pipeline from qualification to cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
- Coordinate research to ensure current biographical information is routed to University representatives (Major Gift Officers, Vice President for Advancement, and President) attending events.
- Plan and organize regular meetings with the Director of Leadership Giving and Major Gift Officers to assign prospects, monitor timely movement through the pipeline, and develop and enhance strategy to convert prospects to donors.
- Manage the prospect management system and database to assure they are current and properly coded.
- Prepare report of activity summary for the Vice President for Advancement containing new activity entries in the database and prospect/donor contact reports from MGO's.
- Support the Office of Advancement by researching and developing specifications for new software to support development research, assist with software implementations, maintain the Research Library in Advancement, coordinate CASE annual award entries, write and edit for the Annual Report, and assist with Advancement events, such as recognition dinners and Homecoming.
- Remain competent and current through self-directed professional reading, develop professional contacts with colleagues, attend professional development courses, and attend training and/or courses as required by the Director of Advancement Services.
- Contribute to the overall success of the University by assuming primary responsibility for special projects as assigned and perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned in a timely, thorough, and professional manner.
- Supervise the Assistant Director of Prospect Research.
A bachelor's degree is required. Additional training through the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) seminars and workshops is preferred.
At least five years of experience in prospect management and development research, preferably in higher education, is required. Additional requirements include knowledge and understanding of fundraising prospect management principals/ methods and data mining methodology and predictive modeling.
Occasional participation in evening and/or weekend activities is required.
Review of application will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Wittenberg is committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified individuals who collectively reflect the diversity of our student body and society at-large. We believe it is educationally imperative to further our students' appreciation and understanding of a culturally diverse society, and we are committed to ensuring a diverse environment for all individuals, regardless of race, gender, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, or disability. In that spirit, we are especially interested in receiving applications from individuals who would contribute to the diversity of our community.
We ask candidates to set-up an account and make application through our online system. To apply, please upload the following documents in MS Word or Adobe Acrobat format.
2. Cover letter
3. Name, address, and phone number of three professional references.
If you are a person with a disability and require assistance with the application process, please contact Wittenberg's Human Resources Department at 937.327.7517.