Employment Opportunities

TITLE: Donor Engagement Associate 

REPORTS TO: Donor Engagement Officer 

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Our Donor Engagement Associate is a valued member of the Philanthropic Services team and works in concert with the Donor Engagement Officer and Vice President for Donor Engagement to ensure effective implementation of the Foundation’s Scholarship, Special Grant and Collaborative Giving Programs. The Associate also works as part of a team to support special grantmaking processes and events that advance donor engagement activities. This is a full-time, non-exempt position.  



  • Support the Foundation’s robust Scholarship Program under the guidance of the Donor Engagement Officer. 
  • Prepare various reports, award letters and other communications for donors and scholarship applicants. 
  • Oversee and provide technical support to scholarship inquiries from parents, students, applicants, volunteers and others. 
  • Serve as the liaison with high schools and colleges about the variety of Foundation scholarships available to students. 
  • Organize and conduct the prescreening and culling of applications to ensure students’ eligibility. 
  • Coordinate volunteer scholarship review committees. 
  • Compile staff recommendations on scholarship awards for final approval by the Board. 
  • Process and distribute correspondence and award checks to recipients/colleges/ universities by appropriate deadlines. 
  • Maintain record keeping; hard copy and electronic. 
  • Collaborate with Donor Engagement Officer on policy development and implementation and evaluation of the Scholarship Program. 

Awards Programs 

  • Provide technical assistance and information to nominators and award seekers. 
  • Schedule, organize and oversee meetings and events related to awards programs. 
  • Maintain recordkeeping; hard copy and electronic. 

Collaborative Giving Networks 

  • Be a part of the collaborative team that works with the Foundation’s existing and future giving circles (currently Impact 100, Ujima Legacy Fund, and SisterFund) under the guidance of the Vice President for Donor Engagement. 
  • Support volunteer leadership to fulfill the goals of each collective giving initiative, including assisting with events and membership recruitment. 
  • Work with team members to: 
    •  Track collective giving member data, including contact information, participation level, pledges and payments. 
    • Facilitate grant process. 
    • Develop materials to promote collective giving initiatives. 
    •  Recruit, engage and cultivate giving circle members.  

Donor Engagement and Community Leadership 

  • Assist Donor Engagement team in the implementation of special projects for the Foundation. 
  • Participate in activities of the philanthropic field to enhance The Community Foundation operations, as well as those of the field. 
  • Work as a member of multidisciplinary team to ensure the effective and efficient operations of the Foundation. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 


  • Serve as system administrator and maintain program information for the Foundation’s online scholarship and awards management system. 
  • Provide training and technical assistance to applicants and Foundation staff. 


  • A minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience preferred. 
  • A minimum of three years’ experience working in a nonprofit agency or equivalent experience. 
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and coordinate several activities at one time. Excellent attention to detail. 
  • Strong analytic and interpersonal skills.  
  • Able to interact with volunteers, award applicants, board members, donors, nonprofits and Foundation staff. 
  • Solid computer literacy in Microsoft Office and database management. 
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work independently. 
  • Ability to function effectively as an integral part of the Philanthropic Services team.   


The position is eligible for a competitive salary and benefits package. For consideration, email resume and cover letter with salary requirements to or send to The Community Foundation, Human Resources, 7501 Boulders View Drive, Suite 110, Richmond, VA 23225 by Friday, October 27, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. No phone calls or agencies, please.