Manager for Annual Fund and Leadership Giving

Posted on 07/09/2021

University of the Arts

Philadelphia, PA

Summary: This position is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and successfully stewarding qualified prospects and donors. They will also manage the Annual Fund, and meet regularly with deans, faculty, and administrators to understand major priorities and goals and to provide timely information on donor cultivation.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Fundraises using a strategic and systematic focus on donors with Haviland Society gift capacity of $1,000 or more
  • Maintains and manages a robust schedule of Annual Fund appeals and communications, including multiple annual mailings, e-blasts, and other targeted donor outreach
  • Works closely with the Director of Advancement Services to determine optimal segmentation strategies for Annual Fund communications
  • Oversees and manages all aspects of the annual UArtist Day of Giving
  • Actively moves management of a portfolio of 75-100 donors and prospects
  • Designs and applies a custom cultivation strategy to each donor and prospect in their pipeline
  • Attends internal strategy meetings to determine and define the areas of greatest fundraising needs
  • Proactively identifies Annual Fund donors with major gift capacity and proposes for Major Gift Officer assignment, as appropriate

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions.  Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required.


  • Minimum 3-5 years demonstrated successful fundraising experience, preferably in higher education (or a comparably complex organization)
  • Demonstrated record of success in managing an annual fund or other communications-heavy giving program
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a diverse portfolio and steward donors through a moves management cycle
  • Familiarity with fundraising database systems (Raiser’s Edge preferred)

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and networking skills are essential
  • Ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances
  • Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective donors and campus partners, interacting in person as well as by telephone and other electronic means
  • Arts literacy, and some familiarity with the Philadelphia arts/university funding community, is preferred
  • Proven ability to manage multiple unique projects at once
  • May be trained to use data management tools
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, Google applications, Zoom
  • Ability to budget and manage university purchasing card
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as warranted

Title IX Statement: The University of the Arts prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in its programs and activities, including admission and employment, in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The Title IX Coordinator and Diversity Administrator is responsible for overseeing compliance with Title IX and other civil rights laws and regulations.

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