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Director of Stewardship / Development Writer

Drury University
Missouri, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Nov 4, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Other Fundraising
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary: Work with the EVPA and Director of Annual Giving to develop and execute stewardship and donor recognition and cultivation activities for the university's major donors.



  • Create and manage individualized stewardship plans for donors of $500K+, recognition and gratitude events and communications for various donor societies, and any major gift donors ($50,000+).
  • Create and manage special stewardship plans for current major and planned giving donor campaigns including comprehensive campaigns.
  • Collaborate with the Advancement Event Coordinator to plan and organize annual and special events for donor recognition including scholarship luncheons, naming dedications and connections with student scholarship recipients.
  • Collaborate with deans, faculty, staff and major gift and gift planning staff to plan and execute personalized stewardship
  • Collaborate in the development and implementation of a stewardship program for leadership annual giving donors.
  • Collaborate with staff to produce personalized endowed fund reports.
  • Collaborate with Advancement staff to produce annual giving report
  • Create and implement stewardship for the DU faculty and staff, and emeriti donors
  • (Coordinate and produce appreciation communications from students, staff, and faculty to donors).
  • Serve as a resource for a wide range of written materials used for University fundraising efforts, including donor stewardship materials and reports, campaign case statements and public documents, and other materials
  • Maintain a detailed understanding of all major fundraising initiatives (such as annual and special campaigns) and constituencies (especially alumni and major donors) to create informative or celebratory stories for externals audiences
  • Gather information on key University initiatives to create standard written descriptions for correspondence, leave-behind materials, stewardship reports, proposals, or other documents for Development and Alumni Relations staff's use
  • Draft or edit talking points or speeches for donor-related events; serve as the primary writer of presidential or EVPA scripts for donor events and presentations
  • Draft communications from Advancement constituencies (faculty, staff, or students), and assist in drafting and editing reports to foundation donors, further developing this information as appropriate for external communications about DU’s significant achievements and contributions.


Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Ability to write clearly and elegantly, concisely, quickly and effectively. Ability to adapt writing style to a wide variety of situations and audiences. Excellent verbal communications and interpersonal skills. Extreme attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Strong research, analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills. Experience conducting research using databases and Internet resources.
  • Advanced proficiency in Word and mid-level proficiency in Excel. Mid-level proficiency with databases doing research and/or data entry. Flexibility to adapt to changing and conflicting priorities.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet production metrics and goals. Ability to work effectively with colleagues, administrators, development officers and students. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and to handle multiple projects simultaneously. Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Ability to quickly learn new processes and systems and to work in a deadline-oriented, production environment. Ability to demonstrate and promote a positive, “can do” attitude via helpfulness, teamwork and support for others. Understanding of higher education endowment purposes and financials a plus.


Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in English, Creative Writing, Marketing, Communications, or other related field


Physical Requirements:

  • Regularly required to sit (writing position primarily and research)
  • Close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception (much screen time and writing)
  • Must be able to work some evenings and weekends for Stewardship events as needed
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