New job Annual Giving Officer & Donor Relations Specialist in South Carolina

Annual Giving Officer & Donor Relations Specialist

Company : University of South Carolina
Salary : Details not provided
Location : South Carolina

Full Description

Posting Number

Classification Title
Alumni/Development Manager I

Internal Title
Annual Giving Officer & Donor Relations Specialist


Work County

USC Upstate College/Division Level

UPS Development & Alumni Relations


Advertised Minimum Salary

Advertised Salary Range
Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Location of Vacancy
USC Upstate, Spartanburg, SC

Part/Full Time
Full Time

Hours per Week

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday; 8:30am – 5pm; Some evenings and weekends as needed are required.

Type of Staff Position
Full-time Equivalent (FTE)

12 months

Job Search Category
Alumni Development

About University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina System is comprised of the state’s flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 “Best Colleges” according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities ( USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate), and Palmetto College consisting of four two-year campuses ( USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, USC Union and Fort Jackson/Extended University). Together, the USC System institutions offer more than 450 degree programs on campus and online and are uniquely positioned to meet the state’s educational, cultural, health and research needs. The System employs nearly 14,000 people who work daily to improve the lives of students, fellow South Carolinians and the world. Our diverse engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment.

Diversity Statement

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

Benefit Eligibility Type
Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)

South Carolina Retirement

State Insurance Programs

Annual Leave

Sick Leave

Advertised Job Summary

Annual Giving Officer & Donor Relations Specialist

University of South Carolina Upstate


Spartanburg, SC

Reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations, the Annual Giving Officer and Donor Relations Specialist ( AGODRS ) is a professional fundraising position that develops and executes the annual solicitation strategy in alignment with the university’s strategic priorities. The AGODRS manages the comprehensive annual giving program, including direct mail, digital campaigns, giving webpages, private scholarships, employee campaign, senior legacy society, and will oversee the donor relations and stewardship program simultaneously. Additionally, the AGODRS will manage a small portfolio of annual fund prospects for the leadership annual giving program.

Plan, coordinate, execute and manage a dynamic, multidimensional annual giving program that utilizes a variety of mediums to communicate with and solicit current and potential donors. Strategy will encompass but is not limited to digital/crowdfunding, direct mail, and employee campaigns. Draft content, manage production schedule, identify targeted segments, and oversee project budget for annual giving campaigns, continually monitoring progress toward campaign goals.

Manage donor relations and stewardship strategies and independently explore opportunities for new giving programs and lead elevation of current programs. Create and implement individual donor stewardship strategies working with gift officers. Prepare donor communications and collateral materials.

Oversee private scholarship funds using AcademicWorks to ensure proper awarding and deployment of funds by monitoring account balances, coordinating with appropriate campus contacts, as well as plan and coordinate the annual Scholarship Luncheon in efforts to properly steward donor relationships.

Solicit leadership annual gifts from an active portfolio of select donors and prospects.

Minimum Qualifications (Classified and Unclassified positions)

Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience in an area such as donor relations, alumni development, fundraising, prospect research, or business development. Good driving record, valid driver’s license and successful background check are required.

Preferred Qualifications

Higher education fundraising and/or strong understanding of development process and comprehensive campaigns; working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge and AcademicWorks strongly desired.


Ability to organize and manage multiple assignments and deadlines. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills. Excellent organizational skills and proven capability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously. Demonstrated initiative, enthusiasm, flexibility and proven effectiveness working with diverse groups of people and functional areas.

Safety Sensitive or Security Sensitive

Hazardous weather category

Number of Vacancies

Desired Start Date

If Research Grant/Time Limited, give end date

Job Open Date

Job Close Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicant

Quicklink for Posting

EEO Statement

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Do you have at least a bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience in an area such as donor relations, alumni development, fundraising, prospect research, or business development?



Are you willing and able to submit to a pre-employment background check that may include, but it is not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history as a condition of hire?



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