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Director of Stewardship

The Jackson Laboratory
Connecticut, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Jan 18, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising, Special Events, Programs, Program Administration and Management, Administrative, Other Administrative
Health, Research
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is actively seeking a Director of Stewardship as a key leader within the Advancement Team.  This is a dynamic role, one which will take advantage of the leader’s talents and competencies to progress and enhance relationships with donors while fulfilling the strategy of the Advancement team.  We are seeking an individual who embraces and is motivated by the essential role that Advancement has within the JAX’s mission: to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.


The Director will provide leadership through strategic planning, implementation, and execution in support of internal and external stewardship at The Jackson Laboratory.  This includes – but is not necessarily limited to – donor relationship management; alumni relations and strategy; CRM and database management; prospect research and management; budgetary oversight; ethical CASE reporting; endowment spending oversight and review; and annual reporting. 


Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement, the Director will employ his/her experience, knowledge and expertise to lead his/her team by employing a standard of best practices in support of the introduction and maintenance of the highest standards of accuracy, efficiency and productivity as a leader on the Advancement team. 



  • Oversee CRM and database management; reporting; gift and biographical records management; and gift processing and accounting in accordance with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).  Ensure data discipline and integrity across all platforms.    

  • Develop and manage budgets that support operational growth and success. 

  • In collaboration with Director colleagues, lead a successful internal and external stewardship program that includes proper reporting and an annual policy document providing clear and appropriate standards for principal gifts officers to utilize.  Through proper stewardship, strategically target alumni and donors – particularly at the principal gifts level – in order to renew, upgrade, and strengthen their financial support for and engagement with JAX.     

  • Unify and operationalize all systems, resources, policies and requirements for donor tracking, moves management, integrated field activity measurements and related complex projects.  Provide leadership and strategic vision for prospect research, relationship management and analytics with business intelligence to support principal gifts development and solicitations, as well as comprehensive campaign initiatives.

  • Tracks and ensures endowments and other giving accounts are utilized appropriately in keeping with donor intent.



  • Sustained and incremental improvement of database integrity and overall accuracy of team work product. 

  • Tracking stewardship statistics specific to alumni engagement and alumni giving.  

  • Work to build relationships within the JAX community to enhance the internal stewardship of endowments.  

  • Collaboration with Director colleagues in order to lead and make leadership decisions for the Advancement team. 



  • Bachelor’s degree, graduate degree preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • At least ten (10) years of experience in a managerial or leadership position in information technology, prospect management and research and traditional donor relations.  Extensive knowledge and experience with the principles, best practices and techniques relevant to complex fundraising operations.

  • Demonstrated experience in leading, supervising, and motivating a work team, including organizing work flow to accomplish established objectives, delegating responsibility, training, mentoring, and evaluating individual and team effectiveness.

  • Proven ability to analyze and synthesize information; and demonstrated resourcefulness in finding appropriate solutions to problems and initiative in presenting alternatives and implementing solutions to ensure effective change and/or eliminate or mitigate potential negative effects.

  • Excellent initiative and organizational skills to prioritize complex tasks, projects, and workflow; and use independent judgment to make decisions regarding operations and deadlines.

  • Possess traits of good judgment, confidentiality and discretion with colleagues and constituents.


The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is a world leader in mammalian genetics and human genomics research. Founded in 1929 in Bar Harbor, Maine, The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, non-profit research institution with locations in Maine, Connecticut, California, Japan and China.


Long renowned for its mice and data resources used for biomedical research around the globe, JAX provides a unique bridge across experimental, translational and clinical contexts. Our multi-disciplinary research faculty collaborate to integrate mouse genetics and human genomics to understand the underlying causes of human health and disease. There are no research departments within JAX, facilitating an environment of intra-institutional collaborative science. The result is a multi-disciplinary, impactful research program that provides a broad scope for inquiry and catalyzes discovery across the spectrum of basic, translational and preclinical research.


The Jackson Laboratory (JAX, is a nonprofit biomedical research institute with over 2,400 employees whose mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for human disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health. A National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, JAX has a mammalian genetics headquarters in Bar Harbor, Maine, a facility in Sacramento, California, and a genomic medicine facility, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM), in Farmington, Connecticut.

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