Executive Director Annual & Special Giving (Job#8840)

Case Western Reserve University

Executive Director Annual & Special Giving (Job#8840)



The executive director has primary responsibility to provide the strategic leadership of a comprehensive annual and special giving program, representing Case Western Reserve University’s highest strategic priorities that impact the university’s future and national reputation. The executive director is responsible for the development of overall plans and programs promoting the strategic engagement of Case Western Reserve University’s 113,000 living alumni to maximize annual philanthropic support for the university. The executive director supervises a team of annual and special giving professionals that are responsible for visioning, creating and implementing the university’s annual giving programs.  The incumbent raises leadership annual and special gifts ($25,000 to $100,000) as part of the university’s annual and special giving program.  As an experienced professional, the executive director is expected to engage in direct face-to-face cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors, and collaborate with University Relations and Development in developing strategies for the university’s fundraising programs.



Lead and implement the university’s annual and special giving strategy and activities aimed to maximize the lifetime engagement and philanthropic support of CWRU’s alumni and other stakeholders in coordination with development, annual giving, alumni relations, communications and donor relations colleagues across the university. Develop university-wide strategies to achieve overall goals for annual giving attainment and donors for the office of annual and special giving. Supervise a team of 4 annual and special giving professionals and additional annual and special giving staff in the schools and college. (35%)
Develop a portfolio of leadership annual and special giving prospects with giving potential in the range of $25,000 to $100,000. Develop and implement strategic cultivation, solicitation and/or engagement strategies for each prospect to maximize special gifts to the university. (35%)
Oversee the planning, strategy development and execution of the university’s annual ALL IN Day of Giving digital fundraising campaign. (10%)
Serve as the primary liaison to school and college development officers to engage and cultivate individuals who have capacity to make gifts of $25,000 to $100,000 or more to the university. Set goals and objectives for each school and college and oversee progress and report on results. (10%)
Partner with the associate vice president of alumni relations in the development and implementation of program strategies to ensure alignment with alumni relations programs, including attendance at university functions, to meet the goals and objectives of the university-wide annual giving program. (5%)

Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned. (<1%)



Department: Daily contact with the vice president and staff as required to perform essential functions.

University: Daily contact with the president’s office, vice presidents, deans, trustees, alumni, directors of administrative departments, faculty and staff as required to perform essential functions.

External: Contact with trustees, alumni, donors, friends of the university, vendors and volunteers as required to perform essential functions.

Students: Contact with students as required to perform essential functions.



Supervising a staff of annual and special giving professionals (4).



Experience: 12 or more years of progressive professional experience in higher education administration, external relations, or related.

Education/Licensing: Bachelor’s degree required.



Demonstrated ability to collaborate with all levels of staff, volunteers, board members, donors, and prospective donors.
Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.
Demonstrated success implementing successful projects or initiatives with clear goals and objectives.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Strong interpersonal skills.
Effective presentation skills.
Experience organizing and managing volunteer organizations.
Knowledge of the issues and opportunities facing higher education.
Ability to deal with issues and cultures throughout the nation and beyond.
Computer proficiency (including Microsoft Office) and the ability to learn new programs.
Ability to meet consistent attendance.

General office environment, occasional nights and weekend hours. Regular travel required.



In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity.  Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.



Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation.  Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.



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