As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.
UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.
The Meany Center has an outstanding opportunity for Philanthropy Officer to join their team.
Philanthropy Officer FTE 1 | Meany Center for the Performing Arts
Meany Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Washington, Seattle, is one of the region’s premier performing arts presenting organizations and, together with its university and community partners, Meany Center fosters innovative performances that advance public engagement, cultural exchange, creative research and learning through the arts. Meany Center provides opportunities for diverse artists, community, students and faculty to connect in the discovery and exploration of the boundless power of the arts to create positive change in the world. Located in the heart of the UW Campus, Meany Hall serves as the primary performance space for the University’s academic programs in Dance, Music, Digital Arts and Experimental Media, Drama and for the Meany Center Visiting Artist Program.
Diversity, equity, inclusion and access (DEIA) are priorities at Meany Center. We aspire to build and sustain an inclusive and equitable environment for everyone who works and engages with Meany Center. Staff members are expected to understand and embrace our commitment to respecting and representing diverse ideas, races, genders, sexualities, abilities, cultures, religions and traditions, and to learn how to interrupt behaviors that hinder our work towards anti-racism and our DEIA efforts. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. We are also interested in learning about your DEIA professional goals as they relate to this position.
This position is responsible for building collaborative, trusting relationships with current and prospective individual donors from Meany Center’s patron-donor base. Collaborates with Philanthropy Director to manage a robust portfolio of annual giving level donors to cultivate, solicit and steward toward increased pipeline giving to advance the priorities and mission of UW’s Meany Center for the Performing Arts.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Philanthropy Officer reports directly to the Director of Philanthropy to meet deadlines and reach annual philanthropic goals:
Frontline Fundraising (85%)
Manage a large portfolio of annual giving level prospects. Identify and cultivate individual gifts with current and prospective donors. Develop relationships and move through the donor continuum toward increased gift conversion.
Meet with prospective individual donors to build and sustain long-term partnerships and trust while aligning donor passion and goals with those of Meany Center.
Coordinate donor giving campaigns for strategic constituent groups.
Track progress through contact reports/proposal submissions in the Advance/Tandem database.
Maintain detailed pipelining “moves management” documentation of individual donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship with projected giving amounts and timing of “asks” throughout the fiscal year.
Collaborate with Philanthropy team to plan donor cultivation engagement and fundraising solicitation strategies to meet Meany Center’s priorities.
Prepare, review and edit all materials needed to secure and steward gifts.
Ensure accurate and complete record-keeping and associated high-touch donor stewardship and acknowledgements.
Represent Meany Center and the UW at events as appropriate.
Stewardship and Other duties as assigned (15%)
Help with other tasks as assigned, such as coordinating and attending donor cultivation and stewardship events, donor-artist dinners/lunches, post-concert toasts, behind-the-scenes artists events, etc.
Work with the Philanthropy Team to successfully plan and execute on the Meany Center annual fundraising gala.
Assist with Annual Giving and Meany Board projects as needed, etc.
A bachelor’s degree and at least two years of Advancement/Development or a related field with an emphasis on donor cultivation, solicitation and relationship building.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Demonstrated strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for correspondence, special reports, spreadsheets, databases, forms, etc.
Knowledge of development/advancement/alumni relations principles.
Strong interpersonal skills to collaborate extensively with multiple departments to communicate Meany Center’s programs and initiatives to individual donors.
Ability to work independently as well as strategically with cross-functional teams.
Self-motivated with a high degree of initiative, organization and attention to detail.
Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and Google for correspondence, reports, spreadsheets, databases, forms, etc.
Uphold Meany Center’s commitment to DEIA.
Familiarity and experience working with donor databases; ideally Advance.
Strong appreciation and knowledge of classical music, world music and/or dance.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Hybrid work available.
Ability to work evening and weekend hours, as necessary.
Frequent local travel expected.
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.