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Manager, Fundraising and Special Events

Company: United Way of Anchorage
Date Posted: July 25, 2017


 Position Description


Position:                   Manager, Fundraising and Special Events

Department:             Resource Development

Reports To:             Director of Individual Giving


Position Overview: Develop, execute and coordinate fundraising activities and special events that promote the United Way brand, foster a better understanding of United Way  of Anchorage (UWA), provide recognition for UWA donors and corporate partners, and raise funds and/or visibility.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

1)    Serve as staff advisor to Emerging Leaders program. 

  • Schedule regular meetings, manage logistics of programming, and maintain accurate record keeping, and encourage continuous communication and planning within the group.
  • Help to facilitate ongoing strategic thinking within the group to grow membership and individual giving.
  • Develop relationships with members to further engage them in the work of UWA and deepen their commitment to the organization.
  • Identify and cultivate prospective members
  • Promote program in the community and at companies

2)    Manage the activities associated with the creation, coordination and implementation of new and existing fundraising activities and special events.

  • Manage all logistics, while working within a budget, for United Way events
  • Utilize digital platforms and social media to promote fundraising activities and special events.
  • Generate enthusiasm for fundraising activities and special events and promote a cooperative spirit within the organization and the broader community.
  • Assure the United Way of Anchorage message, brand, and community relationships are evident in all fundraising activities and special events.
  • Conduct verbal and written post-event evaluations to determine if the event successfully met predetermined goals.  Make recommendations and integrate results into future planning.


3)    Manage a small portfolio of corporate Workplace Campaign accounts

  • Design, present and execute specific development account action plans, including accurate projections of annual revenue, resources and growth opportunities.
  • Serve as the year-around point of contact for assigned portfolio of accounts regarding all UWA communications, functions and corporate account management. 
  • Manage and use corporate and donor data efficiently, accurately, and confidentially to increase the yield of resources under management. 


4)    Cultivate community support by maintaining and initiating contacts with individuals, business and organizational leaders throughout the community


5)    Work with other staff to attain team, departmental, organizational and community goals


6)    Other duties may be assigned


Qualifications: The following requirements are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required to satisfactorily perform the essential job duties. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor's degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university;
  • Minimum of 2 years of related experience in not-for-profit fundraising and/or a combination of nonprofit and appropriate experience.


Interpersonal and Communication Skill Requirements

  • Personal leadership within a team environment - multi-tasker, self-motivated and takes initiative, shares credit and takes responsibility for actions
  • Ability to relate and communicate quickly and effectively to donors, volunteers, community, corporate and governmental leaders essential - active listening, interpersonal/cultural sensitivity, sound judgment, strong persuasion and presentation skills
  • Superior attentiveness to detail
  • Must conduct self with highest professional and ethical standards and navigate sensitive situations
  • Ability to work effectively as a team – creative problem solving, critical thinking, sound judgment, adaptable, flexible, responsive, and volunteer/professional supervisory leadership
  • Organizational culture - Adaptable, flexible, responsive, donor orientation and active understanding and promotion of UWA
  • Professional written and oral communicator


Business Skill Requirements

  • Ability to organize, plan and manage multiple tasks, projects and events simultaneously, meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Ability to analyze complex problems and develop and implement creative solutions
  • Ability to understand, interpret and present statistical and financial data
  • Skills in sound judgment and decision-making
  • Proficient in MS Office applications within an MS Windows Operating System
  • Experience with internet-based research and database management
  • Ability to learn new software as required by job


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk and/or hear.  The employee is frequently required to use finger and hand motion and occasionally required to stand, walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 30 lbs.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus, specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust.



Valid Alaska Driver’s License



Access to reliable, insured automobile to be used for work-related travel in the Anchorage area.


Place of Work: 701 West 8th Avenue, Suite 230, Anchorage, Alaska 99501

Hours of Work: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm - Monday – Friday with occasional weekend and evening commitments.

Salary & Benefits: Non-exempt position. Wage DOE. Benefits include holiday pay, medical, dental, and vision insurance, and a retirement plan.


To Apply:

Submit letter of interest and resume immediately to Jessica Salyer, 701 West 8th Avenue, Suite 230, Anchorage, AK  99501 

Fax and email applications are acceptable:  FAX:  907-263-3801; email: 

Open until filled.