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Philanthropy Engagement Officer (#569)


Full-time hours, 52 weeks per year. (Nights and weekends as necessary). 

Summary of Duties

Are you a self-motivated professional passionate about education? Marywood University has an exciting opportunity for a frontline fundraiser who has shown success in building and enhancing relationships to inspire prospective donors to invest in philanthropic causes. The philanthropy Engagement Officer is responsible for securing financial support by engaging donors in the life of the University through communicating Marywood's strategic goals, and by leveraging volunteer networks. 

The ideal candidate will have three to five years of successful frontline fundraising experience and possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills. The Philanthropy Engagement Officer is responsible for developing professional relationships with alumni, parents, and friends that results in support of University needs and priorities. They will be compelling in their commitment to a liberal arts education and be capable of articulating a persuasive, passionate case for support. 

If you like being part of a dynamic, donor-centered team of advancement professionals responsible for providing opportunities for others to make a difference, submit your application today. To be considered, please include your resume and cover letter in the application. 

Specific responsibilities include: 

  1. Personally manage a portfolio of top prospects and plan and execute solicitation strategies leading to major gifts. 
  2. Build enduring relationships, tracked to a fixed and appropriately aggressive set of fundraising metrics. Meet the assigned activity and revenue goals.
  3. Prepare necessary materials, including written funding proposals, letters of intent, gift agreements, and stewardship communication for all assigned prospects. 
  4. Maintain timely and accurate records of donor communications and contacts in CRM (Raiser's Edge/NXT). 
  5. Generate creative solutions in a manner consistent with entrepreneurial spirit resulting in innovative ways to engage prospects in philanthropic supports of the University. 
  6. Recruit and guide volunteer committees charged with meaningful roles and responsibilities in the fundraising process. Work closely with the Alumni Engagement team in constituent outreach, gatherings and fundraising initiatives and provide support when needed. 
  7. Collaborate with the University Advancement Team, other campus representatives, and volunteers to identify and build strategies for securing donor support. 
  8. Serve as an ambassador for the University and articulate its priorities and core values. Attend University and community events/activities. 
  9. Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Educational:

    Bachelor's degree is required. An advanced degree is preferred. 

  • Essential Elements:

    At least three years of professional fundraising experience or professional transferable experience (i.e managing relationships with required measurable output, making calls, conducting face-to-face appointments, creating and presenting proposals, and other fundamental elements of client relationship or sales-related activities). 

    Understanding of the needs and interests of donors to develop mutually beneficial relationships between the donors and the University. Self-motivated, enthusiastic, and energetic with solid relationship building skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a strong customer service approach. Commitment to a liberal arts education and capable of articulating a persuasive, passionate case for support. 

    Must have a strong commitment to the mission and goals of Marywood and the desire to assist the University in achieving these goals. Ability to represent the University with the highest degree of professionalism and positive public relations. Maintain confidentiality. Proficiency in MS Office and Raiser's Edge/NXT (or comparable donor database software). Volunteer management experience is preferred.

    Must be able to travel around the region and to other areas of the country, as assigned. Must have a d river's license, weekend and evening work will be required. 

  • Other Elements:

    Marywood University, in accordance with applicable provisions of federal law, does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities, including admission, or with respect to employment. Inquiries should be directed to the Director of Equity and Inclusion/Title IX Coordinator, Marywood University, Scranton, PA 18509-1598. Phone: 570-340-6042 or e-mail Yerodin Lucas.

A completed Marywood application is required, as well as a cover letter and resumes via the link to apply below. 

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