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Washington State University
  • Position Number: 5029561
  • Location: Vancouver, WA
  • Position Type: Development and Fund Raising

Development and Alumni Relations Specialist, Vancouver Campus

Available Title(s):
107I-YN_CS_NPS - Program Specialist 2

Business Title:
Development and Alumni Relations Specialist, Vancouver Campus

Employee Type:

Time Type:
Full time

Position Term:
12 Month

Position Details:

Development and Alumni Relations Specialist, Vancouver Campus

Join a wonderful team focused on engaging the community and Cougar alums in the foundational success of WSU Vancouver! Use your detail-oriented skills to process financial transactions, donor gifts, travel reimbursements and more.

Summary of Duties

The Development and Alumni Relations Specialist is responsible for planning, coordinating, and reporting within the WSU Vancouver Office of Development and Alumni Relations. In this role, the Specialist supports the Director/Associate Vice President of Development who works with academic and/or campus leaders, system leaders, volunteers, and other development teams on philanthropic activities. The Specialist also works closely with the Director/AVP to coordinate workflow and handle special projects. The Specialist provides oversight of day-to-day operations, including administrative functions for the WSU Vancouver Development and Alumni Relations office.

The Specialist, under general direction, performs work using knowledge and experience specific to the WSU Foundation, WSU Vancouver, and WSU Constituency-based development programs. The Specialist may also act on behalf of the unit to perform duties consistent with the units' responsibilities. The Specialist will communicate with donors and alumni regarding current and potential gifts, endowment agreements, gift planning documents, non-cash gifts and other information, including confidential gift information. The Specialist provides technical support to the development officers on gift processing, receipts, and acknowledgements.

The Specialist will be the main point of contact on funds involving donor gifts to help ensure donor gift intent. They will exercise independent judgement in interpreting and applying the rules, policies, and ethics of professional fundraising activities. Independently advise and recommend courses of action in development and support staff, donors, friends, and alumni regarding program content, policies, procedures, and activities. This position has extensive involvement with staff, donors, friends, alumni, foundation and corporation representatives and coordinates, assists, schedules, and monitors fundraising activities to ensure consistency with overall development goals for WSU Vancouver.

Will share in supervision and training of temporary workers and others who are providing staff support to the advancement (Foundation and Alumni Relations) unit.

At all times, this position must demonstrate a high level of confidentiality.

Required Qualifications

A bachelor's degree OR equivalent education/experience.

Two years of work experience in development/fundraising or equivalent education/experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in higher education or similar complex organization.

Previous coordination and project management responsibilities, including demonstrated ability to create, initiate, strategize, and organize activities, events, or programs.

A valid driver's license.

Essential Duties:

30% Financial Duties

25% General Office Duties

20% Gift Acceptance, Stewardship and Direct Development Duties

20% Alumni and Donor Engagement Duties

5% Perform other related duties as assigned by Director/AVP.

Application instructions:

Applicants must attach a resume, cover letter and a contributions to equity statement at the time of application. Please read the entire posting description and follow the instructions below to apply.

Additional Information:


Washington State University Vancouver

Department Name:

Development Alumni Relations

City, State, Zip:

Vancouver, WA 98686

Department Link:

Work Location and Schedule:

The position will be primarily on-campus with some remote work opportunities after 6 months; remote work may also be available during breaks when students are not present.

Monthly Salary:

$3,537 to $4,723 Step A-M, Range R-42. Successful candidates typically begin at the beginning of the salary range and receive scheduled salary increment increases in accordance with WAC 357-28.


WSU offers full-time employees a competitive benefits package including up to 49 days off per year through paid holidays/sick leave/annual leave, a choice of retirement plans, medical/dental/vision, basic life and long-term disability insurance, and an employee tuition waiver program.

For information including a summary of benefits offered by WSU for classified staff visit:

Find total compensation information here:



Posting Close Date:

Applicants must submit their completed application by March 5, 2024, at 11:59 pm.

Background Check

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need. A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.

Application Instructions

Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements. Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application.

External candidates, please upload all documents in the "Resume/CV" section of your application.

Internal candidates, please upload all documents in the "Resume/Cover Letter" section of your application.

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application:


A cover letter

A contributions to equity statement (see information and link below)

Please include a statement on contributions to equity. Provide examples from your past activities and experience as well as your future plans to advance equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging at WSU Vancouver. Include examples such as any of the following: Programming, events, and initiatives; Committee, council, or board service; Student and/or staff outreach, recruitment, and retention; Community engagement and volunteerism. WSU Vancouver's strategic plan embeds equity in all 5 goals, including a specific goal for equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging (Goal 4). Please see our Strategic Plan, Goal 4 for more information on what WSU Vancouver is doing in this space,

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is located on the homelands of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and Peoples of the Lower Columbia Valley. One of six campuses in the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver provides baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people, communities and economy of Southwest Washington.

As the only Tier-1, land-grant and public four-year educational institution in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver is committed to accessibility, openness and service to people. WSU appreciates extraordinary community support and is dedicated to developing areas of academic and research excellence that fulfill regional needs.

WSU Vancouver leads with an equity lens and is recognized nationally as a top college for equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Educator and Employer.

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