The Geological Society of America Foundation (GSAF) is an independent 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1980 to raise and manage funds solely in support of the mission of the Geological Society of America (GSA). The GSAF seeks a fulltime Assistant Director, Individual Giving with responsibility for individual annual fund raising and planned giving on behalf of the GSAF. This position reports directly to the Director of Development and serves at the pleasure of the President.
Individual (predominantly GSA members) fund-raising, including securing planned gift commitments
Assisting the GSAF Board in their annual fund-raising activities
Donor stewardship and communications
Liaison, in collaboration with the Director of Development, with GSA programs supported by GSAF funds
Specific duties include:
Engage in individual prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities including preparing annual operating plans (goals for both annual fund and planned gift fundraising); donor relations including benefits development and fulfillment, and gift stewardship
Strengthen GSAF's donor appreciation program and stewardship activities
Visit (local and national) donors and prospects for in-person cultivation and stewardship
Prepare and coordinate direct mail appeals and the donor e-newsletter Foundation page in the GSA monthly newsletter (GSA Today) and the Connection
Use Raiser’s Edge and ResearchPoint for donor and prospect tracking
Prepare and deliver fund management reports to donors annually
Create strategies and execute individual fundraising plans for sustaining and growing the number of annual donors, size of the individual donations, and with the Director of Development, work to upgrade annual to major donors
Advance a robust planned giving program for members interested in including GSA in their estate plans
Prepare for GSAF Board of Trustees meetings and other special meetings and retreats as warranted
Manage the GSAF Board of Trustees’ support of annual fundraising efforts
Plan and execute as many as three social events held in conjunction with the GSA Annual Meeting, some GSA Sectional meetings, and Board of Trustee meetings
Perform other activities as requested by the Director of Development and President
Professional Experience and Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will be an energetic and outgoing person with at least 5 years of fundraising experience in the non-profit sector. He or she will be an excellent time-manager and be able to operate well in an informal environment that values a good deal of independence. He or she should be willing and able to travel up to several weeks a month during some of the year. While it is not necessary that the candidate have a background in the sciences, a proven understanding of the culture of scientific professionals will be a significant asset. The successful candidate will have proven writing skills and will be comfortable speaking with individuals and groups.
The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience in, preferably, all of the following areas:
Solicitation of annual fund gifts
Working with donors in estate planning and other forms of planned giving
Familiarity with Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge and ResearchPoint software with respect to prospect identification, report preparation, and prospect management
Donor communications and stewardship
We seek a proven team-player who is flexible and able to work in a small development operation where each member must, at times, pitch in to forward the common purpose. A commitment to continuing professional development is highly valued.
The candidate selected will be willing to relocate to Boulder, Colorado if not already able to work at GSA headquarters in Boulder. Qualified candidates will be subject to a background check.
A bachelor’s degree is required and additional course work or comparable continuing education in the area of non-profit fundraising will be preferred.
Benefits include health, dental, vision, paid PTO/holidays, and a 403(b) plan.
To be considered for this position, please provide the following documents:
Cover letter (include your salary requirements)
List of three professional references
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Human Resources Geological Society of America 3300 Penrose Place P.O. Box 9140 Boulder, CO 80301
Review of applications will begin on August 14, 2017. The position will remain open until filled.
The Geological Society of American (GSA) is the preeminent professional society supporting the geological sciences in America. Founded in 1888, GSA has over 26,000 members worldwide of whom about 30% are student and young professional members. In addition to a full publication program of major journals and monographs, GSA holds an annual meeting each fall attended by >6000 geoscience professiona...ls, six regional meetings each spring, and selected collaborative international meetings, workshops, and field excursions. GSA interacts with more than 70 associated societies across the globe. The Geological Society of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer. See www.geosociety.org.
The Geological Society of American Foundation:
The Geological Society of America Foundation (GSAF) is an independent 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1980 to raise and manage funds solely in support of the mission of the GSA. See www.gsafweb.org
The chief executive officer of the GSAF is a President who reports to a seventeen- to twenty-member Board of Trustees that includes the Executive Director of GSA as an ex officio non-voting member. The GSAF President is an ex officio non-voting member of the GSA Council.
In addition to the President, GSAF staff includes the Director of Development, Assistant Director of Development, a Campaign Coordinator, and a Database Manager. Part-time staff is employed on an as-needed basis for clerical support, special projects, and back-up staffing at off-site meetings.