Philanthropic Advisor

The Philanthropic Advisor is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing St Vladimir’s Seminary’s program for nurturing strong relationships with donors and acquiring individual gifts in the $1,000 to $10,000 giving range. The Philanthropic Advisor is a donor-facing position and requires strong interpersonal skills and a passion for the mission of St Vladimir’s. This position works under the direction of the Chief Advancement Officer and in collaboration with the Director of Annual Giving to ensure that ample unrestricted funds are generated to enhance and support the overall mission of St Vladimir’s. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the direction of the Chief Advancement Officer and in consultation with the Director of Annual Giving and Director of Major Gifts, develop, implement and manage St Vladimir’s mid-level donor program (individuals in the $1,000-$10,000 giving range), including establishing short-term and long-term strategies. 
  • Manage pipeline of mid-level donors sustaining gifts and identify prospects for matching gifts, momentum building gifts, and major gifts. 
  • Cultivate donor relationships by updating, stewarding, and asking donors to deepen their financial partnership with St Vladimir’s.
  • Visit (in-person or virtual) with donors for cultivation, solicitations, and stewardship efforts. 
  • Analyze St Vladimir’s donor program in order to develop and execute strategies for acquiring, renewing, and upgrading donors, and establishing monthly recurring gifts. 
  • Monitor the mid-level donor budgets and program performance, including oversight of income and expenses, and ensure accurate and timely recordkeeping and reporting.
  • Assist in the production of annual appeals, renewals, and upgrade materials, as well as all other correspondence and stewardship specific to the annual fund.
  • Collaborate with the Communications and Marketing staff to ensure consistency with communications, messaging, and solicitations.
  • Ensure that all donors and donor interactions are tracked accurately and that individual gifts are acknowledged in a timely and appropriate manner, in coordination with the Advancement Coordinator.
  • Assist in organizing donor cultivation events in coordination with the advancement team. 
  • Assist with other duties assigned by the Chief Advancement Officer.

Qualifications

  • Experience building donor relationships through phone, written, and in-person meetings.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in non-profit, foundation, or association fundraising, with a proven track record of achieving ambitious revenue targets.
  • Takes initiative and demonstrates flexibility in time and attitude to get the job done.
  • Knowledge of techniques and best practices in annual giving including benefit fulfillment, and stewardship communications (including email solicitations and social media strategies for online fundraising).
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on a team and to build and maintain positive relationships with all levels of the organization.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; effective presentation skills.
  • Strong analytical skills, and ability to apply strategic and creative thinking.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, results-driven environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, maturity, tactfulness, good judgment, and ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
  • Willingness and ability to travel when needed.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and BlackBaud’s Raiser’s Edge. 
  • Intimate knowledge of Orthodox conventions and protocol.
  • Bachelor’s degree.

Some travel will be required, as well as some weekend hours, from time to time. This position is full-time and includes benefits, and can be on-site or remote at the discretion of the Chief Advancement Officer. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please email resume and cover letter to swerner@svots.edu