Sr. Associate Director, Donor Relations

Princeton University
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jun 10, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations
Employment Type
Full Time

Princeton University Advancement works to inform, inspire, and involve Princeton's global community of alumni, parents, and friends in ways that enable the University to fulfill its mission of advancing learning through scholarship, research, and teaching to serve humanity.

Reporting to the Director of Donor Relations, the Senior Associate Director, Donor Relations plays a key role leading a program aimed at designing personal, creative, and highly informative engagement that successfully communicates to transformational donors the status and impact of their support. In addition to creating and managing stewardship for a portfolio of the University's most generous donors, this individual manages two associate directors with stewardship management responsibilities for individual donors. The Senior Associate Director also works closely with senior administrators and faculty across the University, as well as partners with frontline fundraisers.


  • Oversees a stewardship program for donors associated with gifts at the highest levels; develops stewardship guidelines for different types of naming gifts (capital, programmatic); creates and maintains stewardship assignments and portfolios for two associate directors.
  • Provides strategic direction to two associate directors with their own stewardship portfolios.
  • Collaborates closely with PrG with an eye towards integrating stewardship plans with short-and long- term fundraising and engagement strategies.
  • In creating and executing donor stewardship for a portfolio of donors, remains highly knowledgeable and informed about capital projects, newly-established centers, and other research and programmatic initiatives; and routinely collects, reviews, synthesizes, and presents updates.
  • Conceptualizes, researches and writes stewardship reports and other correspondence that provide specific, timely, and appropriate updates progress to program goals or objectives; also identifies opportunities for engagement outside of formal reporting and facilitates timely responses to donor questions between scheduled reports.
  • Manages all aspects of donor acknowledgment, recognition, and reporting, and, in close collaboration with campus partners, monitors financial and legal compliance, project milestones and completion, and any related donor communication.
  • For purpose of stewardship, develops strong relationships with donors, philanthropic advisors, family foundation staffs, and other individuals associated with gifts to Princeton.
  • Meets with donors and other individuals, as requested; staffs senior University leadership for stewardship calls and meetings with donors; effectively represents Princeton and communicates its mission to a variety of constituencies, including transformational donors.
  • With the Director and colleagues in Donor Relations, helps to identify ways to continually enhance Donor Relations program, allowing Princeton's initiatives and practices to be innovative, efficient, and at the forefront of trends and industry practices.
  • Execute other tasks related to the stewardship function in the Office of Development as requested by the Director of Donor Relations

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and seven plus years of strongly related experience.
  • Superior writing, editing, analytical, and oral communication skills including the ability to collect, review, synthesize, and present information and to communicate effectively with diverse groups and build collaborative relationships.
  • Proven ability to develop and foster relationships with people at all levels of an organization, and to collaborate and influence at a high level. Evidence of self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and in teams, with high personal standards representative of Princeton's commitment to excellence.
  • Strong project management skills necessary to set and monitor progress against goals, engage stakeholders, develop plans and timelines, and to measure success toward goals.
  • Ability to respond quickly to changing business needs and priorities and to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to produce high-quality and compelling work product under tight deadlines and work with a high degree of flexibility in a highly-collaborative, fast-paced, goal-oriented environment.
  • Willingness to search out answers, and ability to recognize when others need to be involved in activities or decisions.
  • Discretion, good judgment; a strong appreciation for special needs associated with sensitive data and commitment to keep confidential all data related to Princeton and its alumni and donors.
  • The highest standards of professionalism and performance as evidenced by collaborative teamwork, initiative, critical thinking, good judgment, consistency of output, timeliness and follow-through.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends, and travel as required.
Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with natural sciences, computer and data sciences, and other disciplines in STEM fields, and a demonstrated ability to translate scholarly and research materials into more accessible language.
  • Familiarity with Princeton University and its mission, as well as the ability to fully articulate it to donors and volunteers.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW


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