Director of Philanthropy for Donor Advising

Job title: Director of Philanthropy for Donor Advising
Organization: Wilmington College
Location: Wilmington, Ohio
Industry: Higher Education

Job Description

Wilmington College is a career-oriented liberal arts institution founded by and closely affiliated with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Our beautiful main campus is located in southwestern Ohio. We encourage you to review our website and learn about our history, what we are doing today and how we are preparing for tomorrow. It is an exciting time here at Wilmington College.

Wilmington College is seeking applicants for the position of Director of Philanthropy for Donor Advising in our Office of Advancement on our main campus in Wilmington, Ohio. The is a full time, exempt level position reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer.

The Director of Philanthropy is responsible for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of current, planned and blended gifts in excess of $50,000 from individual alumni and friends of the College.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Develop and maintain a portfolio of approximately 100 individual donor prospects who have the capacity and inclination to make a gift in excess of $50,000 to Wilmington College.
  2. Manage consistent contacts and develop relationships with those in the prospect portfolio through personal visits, telephone calls, video conferencing, emails, and other written communications to assist those individuals in implementing major, planned, and blended gifts.
  3. Travel to visit prospects to develop enduring relationships that will lead to generous gifts. Expected Travel: approximately 45 days per year.
  4. Supervise and implement the planned giving marketing program and coordinate the response to those who request information from the various marketing vehicles.
  5. Supervise the creation of other marketing materials that will serve as educational materials and guides to make various types of gifts (such as endowments, program funds, etc.) by working in conjunction with campus colleagues.
  6. Develop and implement a stewardship plan for the college’s largest major and planned giving donors.
  7. Participate in Advancement events, both Alumni Association and Philanthropy.
  8. Maintain up-to-date reports and records of all interactions.
  9. Participate in professional development and training; keep current on programs and initiatives at the College.
  10. Perform other related duties as assigned.

Performance Standards

  1. Meets objectives in a timely and effective manner and strives to follow the College’s core values.
  2. Exhibits necessary level of knowledge and expertise; accountable for developing and achieving fundraising goals, plans and objectives for assigned portfolio.
  3. Expected to work in both an independent and collaborative manner with faculty, College leadership, and Advancement office colleagues in creating and implementing strategies for developing individual relationships that result in gifts to the College. Receives little instruction on how to accomplish day-to-day work and receives general instructions on the goals and objectives of new assignments.
  4. Contributes to effective team performance and cooperates effectively with other college departments and employees.
  5. Demonstrates the ability to develop and maintain effective relations with potential and existing individual major and planned gift donors.
  6. Strives for excellence in performance of responsibilities and in meeting the needs of donors and other constituents.
  7. Knows and observes College policies, guidelines, and procedures.


  1. Bachelor’s degree (with a master’s degree preferred) plus a minimum of five years of increasingly responsible related experience, with experience in higher education philanthropy preferred.
  2. Evidence of ability to facilitate major, planned, and blended gifts.
  3. Evidence of working with an online prospect management system with experience with the JX prospect management system a plus.
  4. Demonstrated problem solving, reasoning and analytical skills as well as excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills and requisite background in relationship building and fund solicitation.
  5. Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population and to become an integral part of the college community and the community at large.
  6. Demonstrated organizational ability to plan and implement projects with the ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  7. Ability to lead and collaborate with staff and volunteers to achieve objectives.
  8. Personal belief in the mission, goals and objectives of private higher education.
  9. Ability and willingness to travel by car and airplane.

To apply, submit a letter of interest, current resume and the names and contact information of at least three professional references at:

Wilmington College is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate unlawfully in employment matters on the basis of race, religion, gender, color, ancestry, national origin, age, disability or any other category protected by law.
Wilmington College offers a competitive compensation package including group medical, dental, vision, life and disability, retirement plan, paid holidays, vacation and sick days. We also offer tuition remission benefits, free admission to athletic and theatrical events, and discounted meals and bookstore items.

Wilmington College conducts background investigations including criminal, work history and credential confirmation on all employees as a condition of continued employment. Some positions may require additional motor vehicle record review and drug screening. Must be able to provide documentation for proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until the position is filled.