Assistant Director, Donor Relations
New York, NY
Fordham University is a private doctoral research university in
the Jesuit tradition. Since its founding in 1841, Fordham has
grown as a result of the collective vision of its leaders, the
generous support of alumni and friends, and the creativity and hard
work of its faculty and students. Fordham University, the Jesuit
University of New York, is committed to the discovery of wisdom and
the transmission of learning through research and through
undergraduate, graduate and professional education of the highest
quality. Guided by its Catholic and Jesuit traditions, Fordham
fosters the intellectual, moral, and religious development of its
students and prepares them for leadership in a global society.
Fordham University seeks a creative, detail-driven, and
constituent-focused Assistant Director, Donor Relations (Assistant
Director). The successful candidate will steward the University’s
donors and articulate the impact of their significant philanthropic
commitments. S/he will lead the research and production of
customized stewardship communications, programs, and reports to
illustrate the impact of philanthropy on programmatic and academic
initiatives, major facilities improvements, and the value of
financial aid investments.
The Assistant Director will ensure the timely and meaningful
creation of collateral for donor stewardship, including copy,
social media, photos, videos, reports, special events, and posts
for Fordham’s website. The candidate will draft highly personalized
stewardship plans for top donors with focus on experiential
stewardship in partnership with Office of Development and
University Relations (DAUR) leadership and assigned gift officers.
S/he will systematically identify and develop new opportunities and
methods for stewardship, including the usage of electronic donor
S/he will have strong verbal and writing skills, high attention
to detail and follow-up, and excellent organizational and project
management skills. The successful Assistant Director will manage
various forms of communications with Fordham’s diverse pool of
students while reinforcing the concept of being ambassadors to
Fordham’s donor community.
The Assistant Director will report to the Executive Director of
Donor Relations. The candidate will collaborate extensively with
Fordham’s Marketing and Communications Department to ensure
effective message strategy to steward and engage University donors.
In addition, s/he will work closely with the Finance office to
ensure endowed funds are appropriately tracked and expended.
Fordham University has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC
to facilitate this executive recruitment. Please send confidential
inquiries and applications directly to Freeman Philanthropic
Services, LLC via e-mail at FordhamADDR@glfreeman.com.