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Assistant Director, Morris Arboretum Annual Fund
Category: Manager

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012


Assistant Director, Morris Arboretum Annual Fund

Reporting to the Director of Development, Morris Arboretum seeks an Assistant Director, Annual Fund, to implement and assist in management of a comprehensive annual gift fundraising program. Provides front-line fundraising via telephone, email and personal visits to solicit at least 300 prospects (60 at the $2,500+ level), and minimum of 20 personal meetings annually. The Assistant Director is an integral part of a dynamic development team and frequently collaborates with the Associate Director, Individual Giving and Membership. Responsible for growth and oversight of Morris Arboretum’s Annual Fund to significantly improve engagement of prospects and encourage leadership support. Includes management of all appeals, production of printed and online annual giving communications, and conducting personal solicitations to a small, individualized, prospect pool.  Participates in development events such as the annual gala, Moonlight & Roses, Plant Sale, Collector’s Circle Receptions and other events, as necessary. Must have annual giving experience demonstrating success in advancing annual giving or another development program of a similar type. Position is 24 hours/week plus benefits.

Responsibilities include:

·         Design and mail all Annual Fund appeals, including personalized letters to Advisory Board, Directors’ Guild and Collector’s Circle members.

·         Personally solicit prospects and donors for gifts and pledges in support of the Morris Arboretum Annual Fund.

·         Focus on effective communication and solicitation activities within specific market segments identified as having potential for the greatest growth.

·         Process and acknowledge all annual gifts.

·         Maintain annual giving donor table/donor report

·         Coordinate lock box response card with mail house and central gifts processing

·         Enter all matching gifts into Raiser’s Edge

·         Report writing and generation, donor stewardship, tracking of annual giving activity in database.

  • Manage the development of communication materials focusing on the Annual Fund and donor recognition.
  • Collaborate with other fundraising staff to transition donors and volunteers to new gift levels or volunteer activities.


Minimum Requirements:

·         Bachelors degree with preference of two years experience in nonprofit fundraising.

·         Advanced oral and written communication skills and outstanding organizational skills.

·         Demonstrated attention to detail, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.

·         Knowledge of donor management software preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point.

All applications must be submitted electronically via the University of Pennsylvania’s Jobs@Penn website. To apply, visit:

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