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Campaign Manager
The Greater Washington Community Foundation
Project Management
Washington, D.C.
Published on:
March 27, 2024

The Foundation recently launched a 10-year strategic plan with a bold vision to close the racial wealth gap and to advance economic mobility in the most underinvested neighborhoods in the region. Consistent with this strategic plan, in 2023 the Foundation launched the three-year $75 Million Together, We Prosper campaign to jump-start our vision of economic justice and ensure The Community Foundation’s ability to respond to today’s needs and tomorrow’s challenges. The campaign features Guaranteed Income Pilots, a Children’s Savings Program, and Community Wealth Building goals.  

The Campaign Manager will report to the Managing Director, Development and will collaborate with members of the Foundation’s campaign counsel, operations, finance, marketing and communications, and Program Investment teams. Externally, the Campaign Manager will work directly with prospects, donors, consultants, and key volunteers to drive the campaign’s success.

In addition to the duties described in this position description, every role at The Community Foundation is expected to contribute to the organization’s overall success and its goals. This may mean that team members will be asked to take on other tasks that may not be listed here. Examples may include working on a project or specific task outside your standard area of responsibility, participating in an organization-wide task force or special initiative, or being asked to support a colleague when needed. Any additional tasks will be determined by the manager of this role in coordination with the leadership team.

Primary Responsibilities

This role requires skill and aptitude for engaging internal and external stakeholders to advance the Foundation’s mission. The principal responsibilities include the following:

  • Work closely with the Managing Director of Development and Campaign Counsel to design, implement, and oversee campaign giving, financial reporting, data management, prospect research, and stewardship.
  • Regularly engage with Board members, campaign leadership, and key volunteers.
  • Collaborate with Development team members to understand their portfolios and align them with campaign-related events, meetings, and presentations.
  • Plan and execute campaign events
  • Manage all aspects of prospect research, cultivation, and donor engagement to ensure campaign goals are met.
  • Support campaign fundraising proposal development, including corporations, foundations, and individuals.
  • Support follow up from prospect and donor meetings: ensure donors receive follow up and materials, and track all actions.
  • Conduct prospect identification and research to understand donor networks in the region.

Operational Responsibilities

  • Regularly attend Campaign Committee and Board meetings to present key data on campaign progress.
  • Track and maintain all campaign and related  funds in the Raiser’s Edge and FIMS databases, in close coordination with  Donor Services and Finance teams.
  • Plan and carry out a series of  campaign-related events in the Washington, DC region.
  • Collect and analyze data for accuracy and completeness. Compose, edit, and proofread correspondence and other documents.
  • Book pledges in database, notifying  appropriate staff or volunteers any on-going pledge payments and coordinate pledge reminders per donors’ specifications.
  • Ensure that every campaign pledge and gift is recorded in a timely manner and steward each donor accordingly.
  • Update campaign reports and distribute as needed, including monthly campaign dashboards.

Organization Size:
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience is required, including experience managing and leading effective fundraising campaigns.
  • Technology fluency with Raiser’s Edge, database development/maintenance, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint software); and electronic communications.
  • Expertise with prospect management and development strategies.
  • Experience working with a foundation or community foundation are preferred.
  • Exceptional planning, project management, and organizational skills.
  • Outstanding communication skills (written and verbal), interpersonal skills, the ability to work well with a wide range of colleagues, and the ability to interact respectfully with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures.
  • Working knowledge of concepts and demonstrated commitment to advancing racial equity and inclusion.
  • Sound judgment: ability to manage time effectively; flexibility; self-discipline and initiative; ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Strong interest in philanthropy or nonprofit sector/community work as evidenced through education and/or previous jobs, or volunteer experience.
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