Full Time
Falmouth, MA, US
Posted 4 months ago

Director of Annual Giving and Donor Engagement

SUMMARY: The Director of Annual Giving & Donor Engagement is a key member of a dynamic Development team. Responsible for crafting, managing, and executing the Woodwell Research Center’s annual giving program and coordinating special events through a variety of communications and fundraising strategies. Reporting to and working directly with the Chief Philanthropic Officer (CPO), the Director of Annual Giving & Donor Engagement plays a vital role in growing the philanthropic revenue for the organization. In collaboration with the CPO, responsibilities include meeting or exceeding the annual fund and events-related fundraising goals for a portfolio of over 1,100 donors. The position manages the growth of annual fund contributions; contributes to the implementation of special events relevant to growing the Center’s donor pool; represents the organization to donors, vendors, and the public; and produce various fundraising-related content. Day-to-day, the Director, on an as-needed basis, performs gift-entry, writes and edits correspondence and proposals, completes contacts reports, and performs other office functions. 


Annual Giving:

  • Management and implementation of Woodwell’s annual giving solicitations from conception to execution.
  • Work with the CPO to establish long term fundraising goals and objectives. 
  • Craft and implement annual fund campaign strategies including direct mail, e-mail, phone, social media and digital marketing techniques to increase donor base.
  • Collaborate with Communications colleagues to identify and develop external content and motivational messaging, news and stories for inclusion in appeals, social media, website, invitations, and other mediums as needed.
  • Design and implement a new sustainer or automatic giving program.
  • Ensure proper donor acknowledgement, recognition, and stewardship to promote donor retention and increased levels of giving.
  • Increase leadership annual giving donors through special stewardship initiatives that may include individualized donor interactions and recognition. 
  • Promote other DIY fundraising initiatives (i.e., Amazon Smile, car contributions, tribute giving and other initiatives) to increase annual giving donor pool. 
  • Collaborate with the CPO in ongoing evaluation of annual giving base for identification of major gift prospects.
  • Assist with reporting and providing analysis on program metrics.
  • Stay up-to-date with and implement digital marketing best practices.

Other duties:

  • Provide project management support to other Woodwell campaigns as needed.
  • Support the development and vibrancy of relationships with Woodwell’s strategic partners.
  • Provide professional customer service to donors, volunteers, staff, and other contacts.
  • Prepare data for the CPO and Board to share ongoing results.
  • Maintain all relevant data in Raiser’s Edge database include donor meetings, correspondences, actions, etc

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • BA or BS degree
  • 5 – 7+ years development experience                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 Application review will be ongoing. 

Desired Start Date:  September 1, 2022 or sooner

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position, the annual salary range is $120,000 – $140,000 dependent on qualifications/experience. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package and work life balance.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts or remote.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to our careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type DAG22 on all correspondence. 

Please visit Woodwell’s website to learn more about Woodwell’s work.

Located on a 10-acre campus near the village of Woods Hole, the Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) is a private, non-profit research center. Woodwell is a leading source of climate science that drives the urgent action needed to solve climate change. Woodwell has 90+ staff members and is excited to welcome new employees to this work. 

Woodwell is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Woodwell is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Woodwell


Climate change is the greatest challenge of our lifetimes. Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) understands that the climate crisis—from causes to consequences—is inextricably linked with persistent social injustice. Effectively addressing either requires addressing both. The climate crisis demands that we bring to bear all of the knowledge, expertise, innovation, and creativity that we can collectively muster, and those who have been marginalized and disproportionately impacted must be heard.

The work Woodwell does—the questions we ask, the ways we seek answers, and the strategies we put forward—is stronger when shaped by a diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences. We strive to welcome, respect, and amplify differing voices. We value individuals as they are, with all their differences in race, age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, language, and mental and physical abilities.

Woodwell acknowledges that our organization, and the scientific community more broadly, have a long way to go in living up to these ideals. We approach the work of improving our organization with the same ambition and commitment to systemic change that we bring to addressing climate change.

We will inevitably make mistakes, but we will continue to listen, learn, and do this critical work. We understand that this work requires an ongoing commitment from each and every one of us. We are actively engaged in building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive culture within our organization, and in fostering greater diversity in climate science.

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