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Assistant Director, Individual Giving

Geological Society of America Foundation
August 2017

The Geological Society of America Foundation (GSAF) is an independent 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1980 to raise and manage funds solely in support of the mission of the Geological Society of America (GSA).  The GSAF seeks a full-time Assistant Director, Individual Giving with responsibility for individual annual fund raising and planned giving on behalf of the GSAF. This position reports directly to the Director of Development and serves at the pleasure of the President.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Individual (predominantly GSA members) fund-raising, including securing planned gift commitments
  • Assisting the GSAF Board in their  annual fund-raising activities
  • Donor stewardship and communications
  • Liaison, in collaboration with the Director of Development, with GSA programs supported by GSAF funds

Specific duties include

  • Engage in individual prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities including preparing annual operating plans (goals for both annual fund and planned gift fundraising); donor relations including benefits development and fulfillment, and gift stewardship
    • Strengthen GSAF's donor appreciation program and stewardship activities
    • Visit (local and national) donors and prospects for in-person cultivation and stewardship
    • Prepare and coordinate direct mail appeals and the donor e-newsletter Foundation page in the GSA monthly newsletter (GSA Today) and the GSA Connection
    • Use Raiser’s Edge and ResearchPoint for donor and prospect tracking
    • Prepare and deliver fund management reports to donors annually
  • Create strategies and execute individual fundraising plans for sustaining and growing the number of annual donors, size of the individual donations, and with the Director of Development, work to upgrade annual to major donors 
  • Advance a robust planned giving program for members interested in including GSA in their estate plans
  • Prepare for GSAF Board of Trustees meetings and other special meetings and retreats as warranted
  • Manage the GSAF Board of Trustees’ support of annual fundraising efforts
  • Plan and execute as many as three social events held in conjunction with the GSA Annual Meeting, some GSA Sectional meetings, and Board of Trustee meetings
  • Perform other activities as requested by the Director of Development and President

Professional Experience and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be an energetic and outgoing person with at least 5 years of fundraising experience in the non-profit sector.  He or she will be an excellent time-manager and be able to operate well in an informal environment that values a good deal of independence.  He or she should be willing and able to travel up to several weeks a month during some of the year.  While it is not necessary that the candidate have a background in the sciences, a proven understanding of the culture of scientific professionals will be a significant asset.  The successful candidate will have proven writing skills and will be comfortable speaking with individuals and groups.

The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience in, preferably, all of the following areas:

  • Solicitation of annual fund gifts
  • Working with donors in estate planning and other forms of planned giving
  • Familiarity with Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge and ResearchPoint software with respect to prospect identification, report preparation, and prospect management
  • Event planning
  • Donor communications and stewardship

We seek a proven team-player who is flexible and able to work in a small development operation where each member must, at times, pitch in to forward the common purpose.   A commitment to continuing professional development is highly valued.

The candidate selected will be willing to relocate to Boulder, Colorado if not already able to work at GSA headquarters in Boulder.  Qualified candidates will be subject to a background check.


A bachelor’s degree is required and additional course work or comparable continuing education in the area of non-profit fundraising will be preferred.


Benefits include health, dental, vision, paid PTO/holidays, and a 403(b) plan.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, please provide the following documents:

  • Cover letter (include your salary requirements)
  • Resume
  • List of three professional references

Send to or mailed to:
Human Resources
Geological Society of America
3300 Penrose Place
P.O. Box 9140
Boulder, CO 80301

Review of applications will begin on 14 August 2017. The position will remain open until filled.

The Geological Society of America: 

The Geological Society of America (GSA) is the preeminent professional society supporting the geological sciences in America.  Founded in 1888, GSA has over 25,000 members worldwide of whom about 30% are student and young professional members.  In addition to a full publication program of major journals and monographs, GSA holds an annual meeting each fall attended by >6000 geoscience professionals, six regional meetings each spring, and selected collaborative international meetings, workshops, and field excursions.  GSA interacts with more than seventy associated societies across the globe.  The Geological Society of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Geological Society of American Foundation:

The Geological Society of America Foundation (GSAF) is an independent 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1980 to raise and manage funds solely in support of the mission of the GSA. The chief executive officer of the GSAF is a President who reports to an eighteen- to twenty-member Board of Trustees that includes the Executive Director of GSA as an ex officio non-voting member.  Trustees are selected by the Board from a GSA Council-approved list of nominees.  The GSAF President is an ex officio non-voting member of the GSA Council. In addition to the President, GSAF staff includes the Director of Development, an Office Manager, a Campaign Coordinator, and a Database Manager.  Part-time staff are employed on an as-needed basis for clerical support, special projects, and back-up staffing at off-site meetings. Currently GSAF is engaged in a special campaign focused on securing both program and endowment funds in support of core GSA activities and projects.