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Program Specialist 2
About the Position: The Program Specialist 2 is an integral member of the University Advancement Development team. Under the direction of the Director of Prospect Research, this position is responsible for identifying, researching, and analyzing prospects for major gift cultivation and solicitation. This research and analysis serves as the foundation of a fundraising campaign and directly contributes to the campaign’s success. The research analyst identifies and qualifies major donor prospects who have the propensity and capacity to support campus wide initiatives and campaigns. This specialized research and analysis facilitates the cultivation and solicitation for the development team and University Advancement’s leadership members.

This position is part of a Public School Employees of WWU bargaining unit.  New employees are required to meet the membership requirements of the current collective bargaining agreement within 30 calendar days of employment.

About the College/Department: The Western Washington’s University Advancement Foundation exists to generate private support for the benefit of Western Washington University. The tens of thousands of alumni, parents and friends of the university who make gifts to Western provide the margin of difference that has made WWU one of the top universities in the west. With their support, educational opportunities are created.
http://foundation.wwu.edu
Position Responsibilities:
  • Identify, investigate, analyze, organize and evaluate information from a variety of sources (electronic and print) to determine a donor prospect’s financial capacity, ability to give, philanthropic interests, and relationship to Western Washington University
  • Compose donor prospect profiles, biographies, and wealth profiles for development directors, leadership teams, and University leaders
  • Research potential volunteers for leadership positions, stewardship events, Presidential events, and Foundation and Alumni Association Boards. Preserve information gathered through research by updating a complex database system that is accessible to campus wide fundraising staff and used to develop future cultivation strategies
  • Review periodicals and maintain an active awareness of the important news and events involving principal donors, corporations and foundations
  • Help with work related to the prospect management and tracking system (PMAT) as needed
  • Work in a team environment with the Director of Prospect Research, Development team and research student assistants
  • Assist in the direction and training of research students
  • Handle other assignments as required
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education/experience which includes demonstrated experience in prospect research, development, library research or information related field
  • Strong computer skills and demonstrated background in internet-based research; experience working with a relational database a necessity, as well as the Microsoft Office suite of products, with a strong emphasis on Excel
  • Knowledge of the range of resources available to prospect researchers and the ability to apply those resources in an organized and purposeful manner
  • Excellent written/oral/interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize work, and independently manage multiple, diverse and competing priorities while meeting deadlines
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and work with sensitive information
  • Knowledge of ethic statements by APRA (Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement)
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Two years of demonstrated experience in prospect research, development, library research or information related field
  • Experience performing work in a higher education environment
  • Proficiency at supporting and participating in prospect management and tracking processes and staying informed of trends in the field
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize and develop proactive prospecting methodologies to support organizational goals, including data mining, sophisticated constituent database queries, etc.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret complex financial disclosure documents for the purpose of wealth assessment (SEC filings, real property files, financial and legal disclosures, etc.)
  • Proficiency at supporting and participating in prospect management and tracking processes and staying informed of trends in the field
  • Familiarity with Ellucian Banner databases
  • Familiarity with state and local leaders and philanthropists
Academic Emphasis: N/A
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: New hires typically begin at $3287/month including an excellent benefits package
Bargaining Union: PTE
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Please log in below and submit your application via WWU's Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE).  Note:  You will need to be using Internet Explorer to fully utilize our online application system.

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.  You may cut and paste or upload your resume and cover letter as noted on the EASE application.

Please complete the education and work experience section of the EASE application and submit the names and contact information of three professional references.
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Job Posted: 2/28/2017
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins March 19, 2017; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 170105
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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