The ASME Foundation supports an arc of programs dedicated to sparking a lifelong passion for engineering; starting with youngsters through to nurturing engineers’ brilliant innovative solutions that improve quality of life for people all over the world. At the heart of the Foundation’s mission is to help create an engineering workforce that is diverse, inclusive, accessible and multi-disciplinary. ASME’s increased investment in digital engagement needs to involve new technology like AI that will help the Foundation raise more with less and efficiently grow our impact.
We have an exciting opportunity for a high energy and creative Donor Relations Specialist to join our growing ASME Foundation team, working in a hybrid role in our Washington, D.C. Office.
The incumbent will be responsible for developing and implementing engagement and fundraising strategies to enhance and grow revenue from ASME’s current and prospective donor communities, both individual and institutional. A key focus of the Donor Relations Specialist will be the organization and oversight of current and prospective donor data, including prospect identification, qualification, cultivation, and stewardship.
Responsibilities will include:
Work with the Director, Major Gifts to assist in day-to-day fundraising and operational support, including preparation of agendas, decks, meeting scheduling, note taking, ordering swag and collateral materials as necessary.
Manage donor relations processes regarding acknowledgement, recognition, ongoing communications, and continued cultivation of past, current and prospective donors.
Provide professional assistance and interaction with donors (via phone, computer and in person).
Maintain accurate donor information in Salesforce.
Assist in research of prospects, including detailed background information, giving history, personal interests, and request strategies using a data-driven approach.
Conduct queries as needed for mailing lists, donor and volunteer recognition and fundraising efforts.
Identify opportunities for major individual and institutional giving that closely align with ASME’s philanthropic objectives and mission.
Identify potential new donors through monthly cold outreach using our dedicated wealth screening tool Donor Search.
Assist in donor cultivation by identifying donors who live within a specific radius of special events (i.e. Efx, E-Fest, I-SHOW) and extend invitations to attend.
This position requires a Bachelor’s degree, or additional equivalent experience, with a minimum of 2 years’ nonprofit donor relations experience. Successful candidates will have the ability to work entrepreneurially and as an integral part of a growing team.
Must have experience working with a contact database (preferably Salesforce) and be proficient in Microsoft Office, especially PowerPoint. Knowledge of customer relationship management (CRM).
Exceptional verbal, written skills are required, including writing, editing, proofreading.
PowerPoint skills in creating presentations, including text and visuals a must.
Ability to concurrently manage multiple work streams and overlapping deadlines is required.
Attention to detail is critical to this role.
Collaboration across a broad range of ASME staff, volunteers and partners will be critical to in the cultivation of corporate and foundation relationships.
Experience in development of cross-channel donor acquisition strategies.
Fundraising is a delicate path of relationship building — candidate must have strong interpersonal skills and a sensitivity to protocols.
ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a nonprofit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education, and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world. From college students and early-career engineers to project managers, corporate executives, researchers, and academic leaders, ASME's members are as diverse as the engineering community itself.
ASME is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. At ASME, we nurture an inclusive environment, and we encourage, support and celebrate diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship status, disability, or protected veteran, military status, or any other basis protected by law.
Our Equal Employment Opportunity policy pertains to every aspect of an individual’s relationship with the organization, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, training and development, promotion, programs, and all other terms and conditions of employment.
Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.
About The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASME (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers) is a world-renowned, member-based professional organization focused on serving the technical, educational and other programmatic needs of the engineering and technology communities on a worldwide basis. ASME generates approximately $115 million annually from the sale of products and services and provides a wide range of mission focused programs and activities.