Job Description:

WAMU 88.5 is Washington DC’s leading public radio station for NPR news and information. It’s our mission to connect Washingtonians with each other and the world through balanced, enlightening, inspiring and entertaining programs of the highest quality. 



The Mid-level Gifts Officer position at WAMU 88.5 manages a portfolio of approximately 20-30 major donors and a portfolio of 400-600 mid-level donors, cultivating relationships, soliciting gifts and assuring that donors are retained and upgraded in their giving and involvement.

The role also provides input and oversight of the WAMU Leadership Circle, our mid-level giving program, including all donor communications (mail, digital, etc), along with other donor cultivation and stewardship activities and events. As appropriate, this person will identify those mid-level donors from their portfolio who have the capacity and readiness to become major donors to WAMU and work collaboratively with the major gift officers to seamlessly transfer the relationship.

The Mid-level Gifts Officer creates stewardship plans, sets individual goals and develops an authentic relationship with each donor in a focused portfolio of major donors to discover donor interests and organization priorities, in order to help donors accomplish their philanthropic goals and ambitions in partnership with WAMU. The Officer plans and manages relationship journeys that include qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding prospects and donors. Working collaboratively across the organization, the individual secures project and program information and creates compelling cultivation pieces and stewardship reports to donors.

The Mid-level Gifts Officer is responsible for meeting the financial goals set for the position and creating monthly and other timely reports to track portfolio performance and activity.

The Mid-level Gifts Officer reports to the Director of Development. The position must handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.

Essential Functions

  1. Qualifies a caseload of 20-30 major donors from a larger group of donors to the organization. Creates individual goals for each person on the caseload based on donor’s history of giving and the knowledge of that donor’s potential and creates a plan for each donor that will serve as a foundational communication and marketing plan for each prospective donor. Executes plans to meet individual and departmental goals, ensuring that donors on the caseload are retained and upgraded, including, but not limited to, face to face visits. Conducts basic prospect research for portfolio.
  2. In collaboration with Membership Team creates communication plan and donor journey for Leadership Circle program to include direct mail, email, and other channel touchpoints to drive deeper engagement and increase lifetime value. Manage a caseload of 400-600 mid-level with personal touch points and engagement opportunities. Manage stewardship for the Leadership Circle program. Plan and execute an annual Leadership Circle program communications and stewardship calendar.
  3. Creates monthly reports as required by management that accurately reflects Leadership Circle program activity and performance as well as caseload activity and performance.
  4. Other duties as assigned.

Work Environment

  • Local and regional travel in the WAMU listening area.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full Time, 35 hours/week.
  • Sr. Coordinator/Analyst A.
  • Exempt.
  • Occasional nights and weekends.
  • WAMU and American University operate in a hybrid work environment.

Salary Range

  • Typical hiring range is $70,000 - $80,000: commensurate with experience.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • 4-6 years of relevant experience.
  • Familiarity with Revolution Online (ROI) database software and Engaging Networks platform preferred.
  • Experience in public broadcasting a plus.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • 3+ years of successful individual giving experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of the Washington, DC area philanthropic community.
  • Successful track record in moving donors up the giving continuum.
  • Competency in prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and donor relations.
  • Highly organized with the ability to multi-task, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills – both verbal and written.
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 as well as industry-standard research and analytics processes.

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Job Location: 
Washington, DC
United States
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Full time
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