Job Opening - Bellingham

Lisa Thomas thomasl at
Wed Dec 4 17:41:40 PST 2002

Hi APRA-NWers - posting this as a favor for someone else - sorry I don't have any additional information about the job.

Lisa Thomas




The Manager of Development Research for the WWU Foundation is a full-time, 12-month exempt appointment that reports to the Executive Director of the Foundation. Position is available immediately. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes an attractive benefits package.

The WWU Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit corporation that accepts gifts on behalf of Western Washington University. The Foundation annually solicits up to 80,000 corporations, foundations, alumni, parents and friends for the support of the university through telemarketing, personal meetings and direct mail appeals.

The Manager of Development Research provides a combination of information location, retrieval and interpretation, record keeping, records management and report preparation to proactively assist and support the development functions of the WWU Foundation.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

From a variety of public, on and off-campus sources and contracted research service agencies, gather, interpret and store information concerning the personal, financial and philanthropic interests of individuals, corporations and foundations.

Regularly read and summarize business news, corporate reports, government and legal documents and other complex information and select appropriate information to be stored in an electronic filing system (Nolij Web).

Meet with development officers on a regular basis to review major gift prospect assignments, status of prospects, cultivation plans, solicitation dates, etc. in an effort to assist with developing individual strategies that result in major gift solicitations.

Review published accounts of prospects, selecting pertinent information for storage and inclusion in reports

Prepare detailed summaries of events, meetings, review sessions, and other contact with prospects for storage on department records system.

Provide editing assistance for foundation publications, including grants and proposals, campaign materials, annual reports, and other development correspondence.

Regularly review the pool of major gift prospects to maintain accurate status/coding for capability, probability and interest.

Supervise student employees working in the area of development research.

Required Qualifications: Baccalaureate degree by time of application, 3 to 5 years development research experience required. Knowledge and experience with on-line research and constituent management databases and standard office productivity software. Ability to be self-initiating, work and communicate effectively with colleagues and students in a professional manner.

Preferred Qualifications: Five plus years development research experience. Two or more years' research experience gained in a higher education development setting. Experience working with electronic filing system/s.

Desired Qualifications: Experience working with a diverse student body and staff. Supervisory experience.

To ensure full consideration, all application materials must be received by January 6, 2003. Please send letter of application addressing how you meet the above qualifications, resume, writing sample and the names and telephone numbers of three professional references to:

Dave Brown, Dir. of Corporate & Foundation Relations

WWU Foundation

Western Washington University

516 High Street MS-9034

Bellingham, WA 98225

For more information or to receive a job description, contact Lola Locke at 360/650-3027 or email at Lola.Locke at

Western Washington University enrolls approximately 12,500 students in six colleges. The university is located in Bellingham, a city of more than 67,000 situated between Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC. In addition to cultural attractions, the area is surrounded by lakes, rivers, mountains and rural areas which offer a variety of outdoor activities.

WWU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, Vietnam-era veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply. For disability accommodation, call the Employee Services Manager at (360)650-3771 (V), or (360)650-7696 (TTY). All new employees must complete the Measles Immunization Report Form and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service before beginning work at WWU. A criminal conviction background review will be completed prior to an official hire. WWU is committed to fostering a safe learning and working environment. Our Annual Campus Security Report can be viewed at and includes information on campus crime and WWU safety policies and procedures. For a paper copy call Human Resources at (360) 650-3774, TTY (360) 650-7696. For alternate formats call (360) 650-3839

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