Manager of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Job Title

Manager of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement


Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

About the Position

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) is seeking a dynamic, creative and energetic Manager of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement. The Manager will be responsible for a dual portfolio of annual giving and alumni engagement programs. The annual giving portfolio will include The WMed Fund, Dean’s Circle Leadership Giving Program, Workplace Giving Program, and Annual White Coat Giving Program. The alumni engagement portfolio will include creating value-added alumni engagement and alumni relations programs with medical school alumni and medical resident alumni. The Manager will also be responsible for planning and implementing several special events each year. Experience with e-newsletters and social media a plus.

Job Duties

Essential Duties:

  • Ability to solicit charitable gifts through direct mail, e-solicitation, telephone solicitation and face to face meetings.
  • Ability to use Salesforce database system to manage constituent records, conduct solicitations, and to steward donor gifts.
  • Manages and directs donor mail, individual and event gifts and pledges as well as employer matching contributions.
  • Responsible for writing and to distribute an electronic newsletter.
  • Provide excellent and timely customer service to external customers who request information including recent and past donations and other donor records.
  • Assist with donor stewardship activities.
  • Assist in developing annual WMed report of gifts.
  • Assist in developing strategies to secure matching gifts from donors working for organizations with matching gift programs.
  • Ability to plan and implement special events.
  • Engaging potential donor and stewardship of existing WMed donors.
  • Fulfill data and reporting requests, through the WMU Office of Development and Alumni Engagement, including the production of donor lists, regular progress reports, financial reports and extractions of data from the database for analytical purposes. 
  • Availability to work on weekends and evenings to complete time sensitive projects.
  • Acquires knowledge for new technology and policy/procedure revisions.
  • All other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in annual giving, alumni relations, marketing and communication, sales or non-profit organization management.
  • A record of accomplishment of creating successful partnerships with peers, supervisors, and staff who do not report directly to you.
  • Excellent verbal, written, telephone communication skills. Strong presentation skills also required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Prior experience planning and implementing special events.
  • In-depth knowledge and demonstrated expertise in web, social media, and other communication tools highly desired.
  • Experience in fundraising within a complex university or medical school environment preferred.
  • Experience using Salesforce, Raiser’s Edge or similar customer relationship management (CRM) database systems.
  • Strong project management and event management skills.
  • Experience recruiting and managing volunteers.
  • Prior experience with annual giving or work place giving campaign a plus.
  • Assist in planning annual donor recognition and appreciation events.
  • Basic understanding of charitable giving processes and IRS regulations related to charitable giving a plus.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified applicants should apply online at  All other open positions are located on our main website at

About the Organization

About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

As one of the newer US medical schools, WMed is an exciting environment to pursue an academic career. The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo’s two teaching hospitals, Ascension Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and also by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The inaugural medical student class graduated in 2018 after completing an innovative, patient-centered four-year curriculum that prepares them to be exceptional clinicians, leaders, educators, advocates, and researchers of tomorrow. There are more than 200 residents and fellows in ten residencies and three fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). WMed has Joint Accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The School of Medicine Clinics are housed in a modern 60,000 square foot clinical building on the Oakland Drive Campus and are accredited by The Joint Commission with recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. The 350,000 square foot educational building on the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo underwent a $78 million renovation and expansion project including two laboratory research floors and a state-of-the-art Simulation Center that is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. The Innovation Center on the Parkview Campus is a life science, technology, and engineering incubator serving the earliest startups to maturing companies with laboratory, office and conference space, access to core scientific equipment and expertise, and a wide range of support services.

Kalamazoo is a wonderful and vibrant city, located midway between Chicago and Detroit. It is a short distance from Lake Michigan, and home to two nationally ranked institutions of higher learning, Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. Kalamazoo is known for its community focus and emphasis on access to quality education at all levels. The Kalamazoo Promise is a nationally renowned program in which graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools receive free tuition to attend public and private colleges in Michigan. Kalamazoo and Michigan provide extensive entertainment and recreational activities, including opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, unique restaurants and shops, and a strong culture supporting the arts.

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. We provide a drug- and tobacco-free workplace.

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