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Assistant Director, Stewardship

The Catholic University of America
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jun 7, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations
Academic Centers
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Director, Stewardship & Donor Relations

Job ID: 2021-10988
Category: Advancement

The Assistant Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations will be an important part of the team that develops and implements strategic, timely, and meaningful acknowledgement of donors, with activities ranging from acknowledgement letters to complex annual reports for large endowments or scholarships, to programmatic events. Under the supervision of the Director of Stewardship, the Assistant Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations will oversee and manage processes and programs, and will assist with implementing the overall stewardship plan across the University.

  • Assist the advancement stewardship and donor relations team with managing, tracking, and updating the overall stewardship calendar.
  • Partners with Director, Stewardship and Donor Relations and gift officer colleagues to provide planning and overall programmatic support for events related to donor stewardship, in conjunction with the University Advancement special events team.
  • Ensures appropriate and timely acknowledgement and correspondence for the university's donors. Facilitates the central acknowledgement process for vice president acknowledgements. Produces “In Memory” and “In Honor” correspondence for the director of stewardship and donor relations.
  • Manage the student acknowledgement letter process and serve as liaison to students for updates for biographical information and donor reports.
  • Assists with stewardship plans, and financial and impact reports and production of over 350 annual endowment reports, and reports for current use funds. This includes data requests, tracking report progress, formatting, printing, and mailing reports.
  • Enhances donor relations by maintaining excellent relations with a multitude of internal and external stakeholders to promote partnerships and collaborations in gift reporting, signage and recognition, and engagement activities that includes events.
  • Works with colleagues to ensure the highest standards of quality and accuracy in information provided to donors in stewardship reports.
  • Supports the stewardship and donor relations team and, by extension, the Division of University Advancement, to achieve strategic and fundraising goals, as well as campaign goals/objectives, through positive and productive interaction and collaboration with all departmental staff.
  • Manages data for the Stewardship and Donor Relations team, including reporting and metrics, making sure stewardship reports are accurately recorded in fundraising database.

This position requires a bachelor’s degree and one (1) to three (3) years of professional work experience; the innate ability to self-start, task-manage, and work independently as well as with a team; and a level of ease with networking and building strong working relationships.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills as well as strong project management skills. Work requires excellent problem solving and organization skills; ability to handle multiple projects and consistently meet deadlines; the ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision.

S/he must be highly organized, task-oriented, and deadline driven. A can-do attitude, a desire to learn and explore all aspects of stewardship and donor relations. A high regard for confidentiality and sensitivity in dealing with donors and colleagues in a professional environment.

Must have experience and comfort level with using a database, proficiency with the Google suite of products and with the Microsoft suite of applications.

Preferred Qualifications: Development office experience, especially in a higher education or nonprofit environment; experience with Raiser’s Edge or similar database environments; event planning experience.

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