Associate Director, Special Gifts

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Devo-Ind Giving-Spec Gift
Regular Full-Time


The Seminar Network seeks an Associate Director, Special Gifts to help drive strategic growth and fundraising outcomes of its special gifts team.


About Us

The Seminar Network builds mission-driven partnerships with individuals, companies, and foundations to drive change in education, communities, business, public policy, and politics that empowers people to improve their lives. We are building a movement of principled business and philanthropic leaders who maximize the value of their contribution of time, talent, and resources to advance a free and open society.


We are looking for colleagues committed to advancing our mission with energy, commitment, and passion for what they do.


Our Values

Working at The Seminar Network is different from many other organizations. We have a relentless commitment to a culture based on a business philosophy called Market Based Management® (MBM®). Informed by the principles that allow a free and open society to flourish, MBM® prepares individuals to innovate, improve, and transform while fostering a healthy, growing organization that creates long-term value for its clients and supporters and fulfillment for its employees. Ten Guiding Principles that encourage principled thought and action form the MBM® culture: Integrity, Compliance, Value Creation, Principled Entrepreneurship, Customer Focus, Knowledge, Change, Humility, Respect, and Fulfillment.


  • Develop and execute strategies to significantly expand the Seminar Network’s special gifts donor portfolio and resulting fundraising outcomes to support the growth of allied organizations.
  • Help oversee a team of development officers, including operationalizing goals and metrics, providing fundraising coaching, and driving professional development. Make recommendations and drive the growth of the team based on identified opportunities.
  • Build, cultivate, and grow a portfolio of long-term relationships utilizing “Moves Management” techniques.
  • Assist with major donor events and national events as needed.
  • Drive continued adoption of Salesforce as the team’s CRM platform, using it to generate actionable reports on the fundraising pipeline and special gift officer performance.
  • Work with Development Associate to systematically gather and track donor data.
  • Connect donors with Network donor communications, event invitations, and engagement opportunities.


  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant years of work experience required.
  • 7+ years’ experience in a professional environment required.
  • Extensive experience in fundraising working directly with donors required; familiarity with Moves Management preferred.
  • Experience leading teams, including building an entrepreneurial team culture, setting goals and metrics, developing employees, and driving strategic growth.
  • A passion and commitment to free-market principles.
  • Ability to prioritize and advanced skills in strategic planning and coordination.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and a high degree of discretion and confidentiality.
  • Ability to travel up to 25 percent.
  • Proficiency with MS Office required; experience with Salesforce preferred.
  • Track record of humility, integrity, respect, and an entrepreneurial, self-starter attitude.


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