Assistant Director of Annual Giving

Posted on 05/13/2022

Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA

The Assistant Director of Annual Giving will report directly to the Director of Annual Giving and will work closely with the entire Development and Alumni Relations team. This position will oversee Whitman’s calling/texting and digital giving, Senior Gift and all current student philanthropy programs and strategies. The Assistant Director is responsible for all aspects relating to the planning and day to day operations of these programs. This position requires an ability to interface professionally with alumni, parents, administration, faculty and students, and have the ability to effectively communicate and train others to communicate the vision of the College. A successful candidate will have excellent management skills and be able to effectively lead and motivate student employees and volunteers.


  • Recruit, interview, train and provide performance assessments to a team of 20+ student employees, assistant managers and managers. Assistant Director will supervise daily/nightly outreach Sunday through Thursday and during strategically placed sessions outside of the regular schedule.
  • Manage Senior Gift efforts including recruitment, coaching and training of committee members/volunteers, goal setting, and campus-wide programmatic development and implementation.
  • Plan and execute events, opportunities and activities with the goal of educating current students about the impact of philanthropy.
  • Create and maintain an inclusive workplace where all employees feel valued.
  • In conjunction with the Director, develop annual goals, Senior Gift strategies, segmentation plans, and student outreach assignments.
  • Maintain statistical data reporting of all student fundraising and educational activities and, with the Director, evaluate the efficacy of programs and make appropriate adjustments when necessary.
  • Develop training materials based on Whitman Fund strategy and constituent segments, and train callers to effectively communicate Whitman’s mission and fundraising priorities.
  • Partner with internal and external constituents to ensure the viability of data and maintain thorough knowledge of software and industry best practices.
  • Utilize best practices to achieve pledge fulfillment rates.
  • Invite key College leaders and volunteers to student training sessions and maintain close communication with Whitman communications staff to ensure student employees and volunteers are provided with accurate and timely information.
  • Provide professional development opportunities such as coaching and mentorship for student employees to increase their knowledge of philanthropy and workplace practices.


Must be able to explain and/or demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. Specifically,

  • Must be willing to work evenings and weekends.
  • Positively and actively contribute to the Development and Alumni Relations core values of integrity, trust, respect, collaboration, accountability and inclusion.
  • Ability to advance the college’s core values of diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage, train, coach and motivate student employees and volunteers.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products, especially Excel.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Outstanding work organization, time management skills, and ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment—with a mix of student, alumni and staff/faculty colleagues.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours (regular evenings and weekends required).


  • Experience in personally soliciting gifts and/or cold-calling.
  • Experience working with automated calling/texting software.
  • Familiarity with Annual Giving best practices in higher education.


Whitman offers competitive employee benefits, including medical, dental, vision and life insurances, a generous 10% matching contribution to the Whitman College 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan, and paid time off including 13 paid holidays for full-time staff vacation and sick leave.


At Whitman College, we take seriously the safety of our community. Whitman is a fully vaccinated campus, requiring all employees and students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations or have an approved exemption.


Contact Human Resources regarding requests for disability accommodation in the employment application process.


Located in the historic community of Walla Walla, Whitman’s vibrant and beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually diverse, dynamic, welcoming and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty serving approximately 1,500 students from the local region and across the globe.  With exceptional students, accomplished faculty and staff, and a fiercely loyal and growing number of engaged alumni, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

Whitman College is cultivating a community built on inclusion and belonging. We recognize the value of those who can offer historically underrepresented perspectives and encourage applications from those whose background, knowledge, and insights from lived experience can add to the college’s working and learning environment. Whitman College is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer (EEO).

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