Director of Donor Engagement

Charleston, SC /
Development /

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The Director of Donor Engagement is a leadership position within Development. The Director of Donor Engagement is responsible for creating and implementing key strategies and initiatives for donor engagement, recognition, and stewardship for both individual and corporate donor groups. They work independently to lead the Donor Engagement team, other Planned Parenthood South Atlantic (PPSAT) staff, and volunteers in planning, coordinating, and executing donor stewardship activities. The Director of Donor Engagement will work closely with the Vice President for Development on creating the strategic direction and focus for the donor engagement and stewardship team. They will also collaborate with the Senior Director of Philanthropy and Director of Development Operations and Programs to ensure excellent and seamless coordination of the internal and external donor stewardship efforts of PP South Atlantic. 

The preferred location for this position is South Carolina but with consideration it may be based out of Raleigh, Durham, and/or Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  

Essential Functions:

    • Serve as a senior member of the department's staff with the primary responsibility for advancing the affiliate's donor engagement program: create and execute engaging donor events that build and deepen relationships with supporters, boost the Planned Parenthood brand, and contribute to the overall fundraising efforts of PPSAT.
    • Establish and maintain timetables and budgets for the Donor Engagement unit. 
    • Manage the Donor Engagement team, which includes three Associate Directors of Donor Engagement. Responsible to recruit and hire, set and measure challenging objectives, provide feedback, and mentor team members to deliver their best performance.
    • Coordination and stewardship of volunteer leadership and management of vendor relationships.
    • Lead the effort in creating operational plans for this function across the affiliate service.
    • Identify and solicit donors and prospects as necessary and assigned.
    • Develop event and communication strategies to support event sponsorship activities, awards or recognition and visibility opportunities in collaboration with appropriate affiliate partners and others throughout the year.
    • Work collaboratively to provide strategic input and/or leadership (when needed) for all activities that support high quality interactions with donors including: donor recognition correspondence, campaign collateral, fundraising and cultivation events, direct mail, database, and other stewardship activities related to our donors.
    • Develop event and communication strategies to support event sponsorship activities.
    • Devise, implement, and manage effective, creative, and often original strategies designed to individually and systematically interest, engage, and secure a wide range of key prospects to meet or exceed divisional, departmental, and affiliate funding goals.
    • Participate on cross-functional teams and be a member of the development leadership team.
    • Work with the Development Operations and Program team to collaborate on management of database events module, communications, direct mails, and volunteer communications.
    • Research and recommend adoption of appropriate new products and strategies for donor engagement.
    • Leads fundraising by events to maximize profitability, supporter engagement and recruitment, and to reflect well on the Planned Parenthood brand. Meet fiscal year Development Department’s donor engagement goals.
    • Share responsibility for the strategic planning, development, and implementation of the division's goals in collaboration with the Vice President for Development, Senior Director of Development, Directors of Philanthropy, Director of Development Operations and Programs and affiliate team members as needed, and other senior volunteer leaders.
    • Share responsibility with the Vice President for Development and other affiliate staff for staffing relevant boards and committees, and in providing guidance and training in development and solicitation techniques.
    • Work closely with the Vice President for Development to develop and implement annual and long-term donor engagement strategies to raise funds, build relationships, and increase visibility.
    • Assist the Vice President for Development in maintaining a strong team spirit within the division.
    • Assist with strategic planning, budget development, and internal structures and processes.
    • Contribute to a positive work environment by following through on tasks, taking initiative, working with the team and identifying solutions.
    • Adhere to affiliate policies and procedures including meetings and training requirements, ensuring punctuality and attendance, and following personnel policies.

Education, Experience, and Minimum Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree in related field from accredited college or university.
    • Four to six years’ financial development and events management experience.
    • Minimum one year management/supervisory experience.
    • Possess strong organizational and communication skills.
    • Must have excellent interpersonal personal skills and work well with all levels of staff and volunteers.
    • Must be able to work independently, as part of a team and have strong team-building skills and ability to prioritize with minimal supervision.
    • Must maintain confidentiality.
    • Set and measures challenging objectives for self and others; gives evidence-based feedback that helps others to excel. 
    • Makes decisions based on a range of internal and external factors and long-term impact; consults widely across disciplines. 
    • Analyze objectives, considers options, plans and manages appropriately; holds self and team accountable for achieving goals.  

Preferred Requirements:

    • Master’s degree in related field preferred.
    • Five to seven year’s related experience preferred.
    • CFRE certificate preferred. 


    • Starting annual salary within range of $59,300.00 - $71,400.00 commensurate with experience.
    • The position is benefits eligible.
Planned Parenthood South Atlantic is an equal opportunity employer.

A complete application includes a cover letter and resume.

No phone calls please.