Every blossoming portfolio has a robust database and annual giving program. The person who can make those efforts seamless and solid is worshipped by any development team. Could you be our next guide?

Bastyr University educates international leaders in natural health at our campuses in Washington and Southern California. Our alumni are often sought after by the media from national programs to local television. They’ve won awards, work next to renowned doctors and at award winning health organizations, and have expanded the recognition that nature is at the center of transforming the health and well-being of the human community. When you join the fundraising department will place you in a critical position to shape Bastyr’s future. As a member of a small passionate team your understanding of strategy and best practices will help us to generate lasting resources that will shape the University’s culture for years.

Do you love the idea of setting standards and building something from the ground up? If you’re in Western Washington visit the Kenmore campus and meander through the gardens or along the Sacred Seeds Ethnobotanical Trail to get a firsthand sense of the healing power of nature at Bastyr. We are eager to welcome the right person on board, so please apply by May 10, 2021. Our guide will need to hold down the fort at our Kenmore campus, but we could be convinced to hire near the San Diego campus for the right fit.

About Diversity Equity and Inclusion at Bastyr:

Bastyr University believes that inclusive diversity is essential for achieving academic excellence and creating a profoundly enriching university experience. Our faculty and staff are committed to achieving our mission by educating students to be future leaders that bring the natural health arts and sciences to people from all backgrounds. Promoting an educational environment that allows students, faculty and staff to develop their talents while experiencing a sense of community, we expect campus members to engage in respectful communication, behaviors and thoughtful self-reflection, increase their understanding of cultures and empower people who are disenfranchised, marginalized or oppressed. In so doing, the University pledges to prepare our students (and support faculty and staff) to recognize and appropriately respond to health inequities that affect multiple communities. This involves infusing DEI knowledge, skills, and practices in all academic programs, clinical training and patient services. In all, Bastyr University is dedicated to the welfare of our students and patients as well as to promoting equal opportunity and access in education and health care.

In alignment with Bastyr’s DEI commitment, applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged. 


The Donor Relations Officer is responsible for leading advancement services and annual giving efforts. They work closely with the associate director and vice president to strategical grow a donor centered fundraising program.


Manage Annual Giving and Advancement Services

  • Contribute to 3-5 year department strategy to establish a robust development program
  • Develop an annual comprehensive strategic plan for annual giving and advancement services with guidance from associate director, vice president, and marketing
  • Manage and maintain clean donor database with help from consultants and work study students
  • Plan donor centered correspondence annually including at least four appeals with help from marketing
  • Help initiate a donor leadership society – donors who contribute $1,000 or more
  • Oversee department reporting and data requests
  • Ensure donors are acknowledged within 72 hours
  • Host donor visits at Kenmore campus
  • Maintain contact updates and key correspondence in the donor database and Sharepoint
  • Assess and evaluate annual giving program with assistance from Associate Director of Development
  • Establish and maintain strong partnership with finance, our clinics, botanical medicine, and a handful of student groups  


  • Reports to the Associate Director of Development and may supervise external services hired for gift processing, database projects, and prospect management
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends when needed
  • Contribute to budget discussions
  • Submit expenses
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 3-5 years in fundraising development in annual giving and/or advancement services 
  • Driven, self-motivated, and creative relationship builder who actively pursues new funding opportunities
  • Power database user


  • Solid Excel, Word, Outlook, Sharepoint, and Teams skills
  • Experience with donor centered fundraising
  • Good etiquette virtually and in person
  • Written and verbal communication skills that produce powerful, persuasive content that drives up donations
  • Passion for natural health
  • Strong sense of ethics and confidentiality
  • Strategic self-starter
  • Project or event planning a plus

How to Apply:

Please refer to job #21-023 when applying. Please send your cover letter and resume to: jobs@bastyr.edu.

Other Notes:

Bastyr University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, vision and prescription coverage; generous paid time off; access to Bastyr’s Centers for Natural Health; and a competitive 403(b) retirement plan.

Bastyr University does not discriminate against any person in matters of employment, application for employment, student or applicant for admission, or participation in our programs or benefits on the basis of the following protected classes: ancestry, gender, gender identity, or expression, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, religion (includes religious dress and grooming practices), sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), ethnic or national origin (includes language use and possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their presence in the United States is authorized under federal law), age (40 and above), disability (mental and physical, including HIV and AIDS), marital status, genetic information, medical condition (genetic characteristics, cancer or a record or history of cancer), veteran or military status or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law. Our programs, services and facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Please don’t hesitate to contact jobs@bastyr.edu to request or discuss a special accommodation due to a disability.

All applicants must prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of a position offer. Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. Any applicants requiring special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability during the application process should contact Human Resources at (425) 602-3087 (phone), (425) 602-3058 (fax) or jobs@bastyr.edu.