Position:  Annual Giving Officer
Location:  Evanston, IL
Job Id:  715
# of Openings:  1

Job Title:            Annual Giving Officer
Area:                   Annual Giving - Polio & Philanthropy
Reports to:         Manager of Annual Giving
Classification:    ​Exempt
Organization Overview
Rotary unites people from all continents and cultures who take action to deliver real, long-term solutions to pressing issues facing our communities. Each year, Rotary members invest more than $200 million and 16 million volunteer hours to improve lives and create positive change in the world. In exchange for hard work and dedication in support of Rotary’s clubs and humanitarian initiatives, our employees receive competitive salaries, flexible schedules, comprehensive benefits, and job enrichment. To learn more, visit http://www.rotary.org.
Rotary’s Commitment to Diversity
As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
General Overview
This position supports the Annual Giving team, responsible primarily for cultivating donors and developing fundraising strategies to support the Annual Fund as the key building block and cornerstone of The Rotary Foundation’s donor pipeline to its major and gift planning programs. You will also have the opportunity to identify prospective donors and their goals by providing counsel and resources to regional and club fundraising volunteers. Your contribution will serve to support Rotary International's mission and strategic objectives by helping empower its community impact through sustaining and growing The Rotary Foundation’s funding.
The Annual Giving Officer (AGO) serves as the primary liaison to fundraising volunteers and supports overall fundraising progress in an assigned territory as it relates to the goals of The Rotary Foundation and, specifically, the goals of the Annual Giving department. The position requires a true team player with respect to building strategy among staff, and, in partnering with volunteers in their respective regional territories.
You Will Have
  • Bachelor's degree; Advanced degree preferred
  • Successful prior development experience strongly preferred, including cultivation and solicitation of donors or comparable job experience
  • Experience with public speaking in front of small and large audiences
  • Computer literacy and experience with Windows and fundraising databases
  • Experience using Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge software preferred
  • Advanced organizational abilities
  • Initiative to be a self-starter who is goal-oriented
  • Strong inter-personal skills and a professional demeanor, with strong commitment to customer service
  • Personal and professional integrity, particularly with regard to responsibly handling donors’ personal information
  • Knowledge of a second language helpful
You Are Good At
  • Persuasive communications, both oral and written
  • Supporting and collaborating with volunteer leaders, executive management and high level donors and board members
  • Juggling multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritizing workload in a timely fashion
  • Showing attention to detail
  • Giving and receiving constructive feedback
  • Making timely, thoughtful decisions
You Will Be Responsible For
Developing fundraising strategies and resources
  • Coordinates and implements Annual Giving fundraising strategies to increase donor acquisition, adoption of automated/recurring giving, and milestone giving to the Annual Fund and other funding priorities in an assigned geographic territory;
  • Prepares and disseminates resources and trainings on fundraising best practices to help regional volunteer leadership identify and effectively cultivate major gift prospects;
  • Collaborates with major and planned giving staff to encourage donors to upgrade giving levels;
  • Maintains frequent communications primarily with zone and district leadership including: fundraising progress reports, appeal letters, marketing strategies, motivational messages, and individual donor correspondence;
Represent The Rotary Foundation to cultivate giving
  • Travels to assigned territory approximately 6-7 times per year (including weekends) to represent The Rotary Foundation and promote ongoing financial support with donors, volunteers and senior Rotary leaders at events and in individual meetings;  
  • Averages 10 face-to-face meetings, 45-50 phone calls, and 250 e-mails per quarter with district and zone leaders to address annual giving activity and strategies
  • May maintain a small portfolio of major donors/prospects primarily with a giving capacity between $5,000-$25,000, including but not limited to district and zone leaders;
  • Averages 10 stewardship and/or cultivation phone calls per month with major gift prospects (including Paul Harris Society members and those giving $5,000+ to the Annual Fund);
  • Averages 25 face-to-face meetings per year with major gift prospects through qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship visits;
  • Works in partnership with major gift officers and planned giving officers in identifying and qualifying major gift prospects, coordinating cultivation and solicitation strategies and providing exceptional stewardship to develop major gift pipeline; 
  • Gathers, records, and properly stores appropriate meeting, phone call and solicitation actions and other noteworthy activity concerning major gift prospects utilizing Raiser’s Edge.
Other duties as assigned
  • Other duties may include, but are not limited to, working with volunteer leaders on inquiries, leading department meetings, working on special projects, and testing system updates.
Why work for Rotary?
  • Generous medical, dental, and vision benefits package
  • Progressive 401k matching contributions
  • Above market and generous paid time off package
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Professional development opportunities
  • On-site cafeteria and coffee bar with special pricing for Rotary employees
  • Flextime-several different work schedules to choose from
  • Close to CTA, Metra, a variety of stores, and many food options

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