The Associate Director of Stewardship & Donor Relations is
responsible for designing, implementing, and directing an
integrated and comprehensive donor relations and stewardship
program that appropriately and consistently promotes interaction
and connection with and recognition of donors at all levels. The
Associate Director is forward-thinking, innovative and energetic
professional with proven success in donor engagement and
stewardship, capable of developing and orchestrating the
implementation of a multi-year plan to advance institutional
The Associate Director of Stewardship & Donor
Engagement reports to the Chief Operating Officer of the
Foundation. The Associate Director works closely with the
other Directors at the Foundation, Major Gift Officers, the
President’s office, Deans and where appropriate,
academic/administrative department heads.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Manage the donor relations/stewardship program whose components
include use of gifts, recognition, events, gift agreements,
management of information, and privacy compliance.
- Collaborate with other departments to create strategies for
developing donor relations/stewardship standards across campus for
the purpose of creating an energetic and enthusiastic culture of
- Partner with leadership, annual, and planned giving officers to
identify top 200 stewardship prospects.
- Proactively support gift officers in design and execution of
annual and multi-year stewardship plans for donors and top
- Manage activities including, but not limited to, annual
reporting of restricted endowed funds and annual gifts, scholarship
matching, acknowledgements from senior leadership, and dedications,
among other responsibilities.
- With the Director of Data Management and Analytics, develop the
process to document and track stewardship action for individuals in
- Annually review existing donor recognition societies and
associated events to maximize impact and effectiveness.
- Collaborate and work on other events as necessary for the
Foundation and University.
- Ensure gift acknowledgement processes remain relevant and are
- Determine best way institutionally to honor and recognize donor
giving on an annual basis, i.e. publish/email annual honor roll;
develop year-end fiscal summary report.
- Address donor questions and concerns related to fund
administration and beneficiaries, gift acknowledgments, and report
- Facilitate the production of seminal donor communications.
- Strategic and detailed planner who understands the role of
advancement in a higher education environment.
- Proactive, able to prioritize work to maximize department
- Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication
- Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- Contribute ideas and process improvements using available
- High attention to detail.
- Ability to develop and maintain solid and effective working
relationships with internal and external constituents.
Education and Experience Requirements
- Bachelor's degree required.
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in direct and varied areas of
stewardship, development or alumni relations, preferably in a
higher education, non-profit setting.
- Experience working with volunteers and donors.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Access, Power Point,
Microsoft 365, and advanced Excel), Adobe Acrobat,
- Occasional night and weekend work is required.