Annual Fund & Events Specialist

This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being
performed by people in this category. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all
responsibilities, duties and skills required of people in these positions.

Work Team:
Communications & Development/Outreach
Reports To:
Director of Development
Position Classification:
Length of Service:
2-3 years


Working in partnership with the Director for Advancement, the Annual Fund & Events
Specialist will coordinate, oversee and manage individual fundraising efforts for the annual
fund, and special fundraising and community outreach events for Holden Village. They will
develop a fund base and volunteer base that will allow Holden to accomplish its program and
ongoing project goals. The successful candidate will be self motivated, entrepreneurial,
detail-oriented and a successful relationship builder.
This is a Puget Sound-based position, primarily working from home with occasional travel
within the Pacific Northwest and Midwest and regular trips into a remote wilderness village.
Estimated 15-20% of time over the course of a year will be spent traveling or on-site at
Holden Village, with higher volume expected in the summer months and other high-peak
guest times in the Village.


(principal duties and responsibilities; such as categories supported, staff size, volume managed, etc)

  • Work with the Director for Advancement to establish long term goals and objectives, to strategize annual campaign, special events and other fundraising efforts
  • Manage, coordinate and implement comprehensive individual annual giving program
  • Manage a portfolio of mid-level donors by maintaining frequent contact with current annual donors and developing new relationships with prospects
  • Ensure proper donor recognition and stewardship
  • Supervise donor database position and ensure proper gift processing and financials in adherence to gift acceptance, gift counting, and gift processing procedures
  • Research individual donor and prospect information
  • Develop strategies for new donor acquisition and growth
  • Assist in the creation of external content and collateral, such as appeals, newsletters, videos, brochures, social media, website, and invitations
  • Lead planning of fundraising and community engagement events, both on and off-site, working with internal departments to determine and deliver the objectives for the event from conception to event evaluation
  • Develop and meet event revenue goals for existing and new events, manage event expense budgets utilizing metrics and data
  • Act as a spokesperson for the Holden Village as needed to promote the Village, bring in funding, and recruit volunteers
  • Track and properly document all activities and complete necessary reporting requirements as requested by the Director for Advancement


(position specifications; such as knowledge/education, skills, problem solving/decision making, risk/bottom line results, management responsibility – people and functions)

  • BA/BS degree and/or combination of 3+ years related work experience and education
  • Experience and training in fundraising, non-profit work, and/or community organizing
  • Knowledge and experience in fundraising strategies, including initiating donor emails, visits, and fundraising calls, fundraising events like auctions, and experience with large electronic and postal fundraising appeals
  • Familiar with donor databases and other fundraising technology
  • Prior experience with the ministry of Holden Village is helpful but not required


Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent time management skills and a high degree of organization, attention to detail, ability to multitask and manage multiple projects and deadlines
  • Highly self-motivated and goal-driven; able to work with a high degree of independence as well as part of a team
  • Strong communications and presentation skills
  • Ability to work on selected weekdays, nights and weekend evenings as required
  • Demonstrated ability to write clear and persuasive communications
  • Commitment to the mission, vision and values of Holden Village
  • Strong customer-service mindset and commitment to accountability


(particular knowledge/skills related to client and/or agency needs)

  • Enthusiasm for and ability to work in a remote wilderness setting
  • Willingness to participate in a mutual review after 6-months and 1-year on staff
  • Pledges to work in ways that support and fulfill Holden Village’s Mission, Vision, and Values and commits to the terms of the Staff Agreement
  • Abides by Holden Village’s Community Health Protocols and Practices
  • Extends genuine hospitality to all Villagers
  • Upholds and works to further Holden Village values of diversity, equality, respect, sustainability, and spirituality as articulated in the Strategic Plan
  • Be a community leader and role model by serving the village in roles such as First Response Team, Fire Brigade, Worship, and other program events and activities
  • Help new staff and volunteers integrate into the community
  • Commits to staying up-do date on all required vaccinations, including COVID-19


As a remote, Part-time “downlake” employee, you are eligible for the following compensation and benefits:

  • $23-26/hr (based on experience), 20-25 hours/week
  • Health insurance including medical, vision, and dental
  • Simple IRA Match up to 3%
  • 1 hour of paid vacation time for every 40 hours worked and paid Federal holidays
  • 1 hour of paid sick time accrued for every 40 hours worked
  • Basic life insurance
  • Life Flight membership (emergency helicopter transport based on medical need)
  • 11 Friends and Family Days and 11 half-priced Friends & Family Days per employment year during non-blockout dates for friends and family to visit the Village
  • Boat tickets, room & board for employee provided for work-related Village visits
  • Mobile phone and travel expenses as needed
  • Access to amazing hiking opportunities, community events, teaching sessions, art studios and other educational opportunities!