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Individual Giving Manager

Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center
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March 31st, 2019
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POSITION: Individual Giving Manager


Vice President of Development


Year Round




Dry Dock, South Boston





The Individual Giving Manager (IGM) will be responsible for the strategic direction and oversite of a comprehensive annual giving program (donors less than $1,000) and management of a portfolio of mid- level giving ($1,000-$5,000). The IGM will contribute to the creation and management of the revenue and expense budgets relating to this program, report and track fundraising progress, and assistant in planning cultivation and stewardship and stewardship events. In addition, she/he is responsible for managing direct communications and planning for the ISLE Society, Thompson Island’s young professional group and will assist with the Planned Giving Program, as needed.


- Work directly with VPD to create expense and revenue budgets related to programs

- Utilize and/or create reports and management tools to successfully drive fundraising efforts forward

- Responsible for planning and implementing multiple direct mail appeals and newsletters, including strategic schedule of development communications, working directly with print and mail-houses, and overseeing the content, theme and artistic concept of all pieces

- Evaluate every appeal and newsletter to develop analysis on past giving trends and program results, and plan for market segmentation for future mailings and/or cultivation activities

- Plan and implement strategies to increase participation in the Matching Gift Program

- Manage a portfolio of individual donor prospects at both the annual fund and mid-level which have been researched and culled from annual fund list and from event participation

- Manage the ISLE Society (young professionals), including setting strategic direction and goals, committee communications, all events, and solicitations

- Manage a robust student alumni program with engagement opportunities throughout the year

- Assist with the Gala focusing on the engagement of individual donors and student alumni participation

- Help create and manage donor cultivation and stewardship events

- Play a strategic role in all communications for the department, including but not limited to appeal letters,President’s letter, newsletters, programs for events (including prepping speakers) and online communications

- Play a supporting role in Planned Giving as needed

- Perform additional duties assigned by the VPD, CEO or EVP as needed


- Possible interns or temps



- Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent professional experience

- 2-4 years of fundraising or relevant non-profit experience, particularly with annual fund development and implementation, and knowledge of fundraising principles and techniques

- Proven ability to work independently and with a team

- Possess the ability to work well in an extremely fast paced, ever changing environment

- Well organized, detail oriented, and have strong critical thinking skills

- Ability to manage multiple projects, with competing demands, while maintaining a commitment to excellence

- Excellent oral and written communication skills, with a specific ability to create donor solicitations, thank you letters, and newsletter copy

- Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to create personal relationships and to communicate effectively delivering exceptional customer service to a variety of internal and external stakeholders (i.e. donors, sponsors, volunteers, staff at all levels, students and families), both verbally and in writing.

- Proficient in all Microsoft Office applications

- Raiser’s Edge or other CRM database software experience required

- Great sense of humor and flexibility a must


- This position requires 40 hours of work a week in the Dry Dock offices. Occasional night and weekend work required.


- None


Competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Employer sponsored health insurance with the option to select between two comprehensive, valuable plans. Premier dental plan. 401(k) retirement plan with competitive match. Generous paid time off including, vacation, holidays, personal days, parental and sick leave. Flexible scheduling, pursuant to position. Work that engages a diverse and dynamic community of educators and learners, with the shared vision of shaping a better future for Boston students. A quality work life in Boston’s vibrant Seaport district with frequent access to the natural wonders and positive impacts of Thompson Island. This is an exempt position.

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