STA007329- Assistant Director, Donor Engagement
Manages a portfolio of campus partner relationships, providing
leadership and driving the strategy behind in-person and virtual
donor engagement experiences. Collaborates with Strategic
Initiatives Team to manage invitations, registrations and guest
services. Also responsible for evaluating the success of these
experiences and their impact on the Division.The University of
Houston's Donor Engagement program seeks to appreciate, inform,
meaningfully engage and recognize current and prospective donors in
the life of the University of Houston. The University recognizes
its fiduciary responsibility to care for the investments that have
been made and entrusted to the institution. Consistent contacts and
programs for donors and prospective constituents are critical and
valuable components of the fundraising efforts and are focused on
building lifelong relationships with donors, instilling in them
pride for the institution, and trust that their gifts are being
carefully and responsibly managed. The Donor Engagement program is
organized into the following component areas: Donor Recognition and
Events, Gift Impact and Compliance, and Development Communications.
This team is a part of the Division of University Advancement's
Strategic Initiatives department, which encompasses strategic
planning and projects, campaign initiatives and planning, donor and
- Utilizes knowledge of industry and University best practices in
Donor Engagement and Strategy to independently make decisions and
- Assesses changing circumstances throughout the event planning
process and makes recommendations around the reallocation of funds
as deemed necessary.
- Serves as executive producer to include responsibilities
consisting of event communications, event logistics, catering,
permitting, event setup/teardown, design and decor, negotiating
with both internal and external vendors, processing contracts and
payments in accordance with University regulations, and ensuring
adherence to departmental standards and University protocol.
- Coaches team members and leads the development of
decision-making and client management skills.
- Ensures that the goals and needs of the Advancement or campus
partners assigned to their direct reports are met with the highest
levels of customer service and donor experience.
- Manages timelines and responsibilities for several different
projects at once, often resulting in making quick and decisive
- Performs analysis and makes recommendations for improving
programs, events and activities in order to enhance UH's
- Identifies target audiences and develops messaging strategies
that showcase the value and impact of philanthropy.
- Negotiates contracts with both internal and external vendors,
and manages all aspects of contractual commitments in accordance
with established University and State of Texas guidelines.
- Evaluates risks with regard to guest and program participant
safety and comfort, making decisions within established University
guidelines. Makes final decisions with regard to program or event
logistics, set-up, design, decor and the overall guest experience,
in accordance with guidelines and best practices established by UH
Strategic Initiatives. Performs other job-related duties as
Bachelor's Degree and 3 years experience.
Education; Requires a thorough understanding of both theoretical
and practical aspects of an analytical, technical or professional
discipline; or the basic knowledge of more than one professional
discipline. Knowledge of the discipline is normally obtained
through a formal, directly job-related 4 year degree from a college
or university or an equivalent in-depth specialized training
program that is directly related to the type of work being
Experience: Requires a minimum of three (3) years of directly