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Director of Donor Relations

Trinity College
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Nov 26, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations
Employment Type
Full Time
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Director of Donor Relations


Department: Donor Relations

Regular or Temporary: Regular

Hours per Week: 40

FLSA Determination: Exempt

Weeks per Year: 52

Open Date: 10/18/2022

Open Until Filled: Yes

Full or Part Time: Full Time

Position Summary:
Donor Relations plays an integral role in accepting, acknowledging, and celebrating the support and gifts from alumni, families, and friends of Trinity College. The Advancement leadership at Trinity College is investing in their donor experience for all donors and the Director of Donor Relations will lead the effort.

The Director will manage a team that implements a best in class donor relations program at Trinity College, thoughtfully and proactively cultivate relationships with donors, and steward them with intentionality in order to maximize donor retention and engagement. The Donor Relations team works to solidify and deepen relationships with Trinity’s donors by providing timely and accurate acknowledgements, ensuring that donors are informed about their impact, and that they feel recognized and appreciated for their generosity.

The ideal candidate will oversee and enhance an already high performing comprehensive and proactive donor relations program built upon the foundation of the four pillars of donor relations: acknowledgment, stewardship, recognition and engagement; and manage a donor-centered gratitude and impact program for all donors to Trinity College. They will provide leadership, strategic management, and planning with particular emphasis on top donors, and will develop metrics and systems to monitor outcomes across all areas of donor relations. The team consists of three direct reports.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage overall departmental operations: develop, oversee, and guide donor relations team; set deadlines and objectives; complete managerial tasks.
  • Manage interdepartmental objectives: collaborate with colleagues on strategy, ongoing cooperative tasks.
  • Respond to general inquiries and requests for materials: provide guidance and input; review gift agreements, reports, and review other items for approval.
  • Develop materials: gather data, write reports and documents, synthesize spreadsheets, and respond to requests for such data.
  • Facilitate special projects: manage and complete one-time projects such as database update, interim assignments when a position is vacant, refreshing copy, or facilitating acknowledgements.
  • Work collaboratively with the Institutional Advancement staff to compose donor communications aimed at thanking donors appropriately for their giving and determine strategies for engaging donors more fully.
  • Explore and implement use of new technologies (video, social media) to tell student stories for our donors and prospective donors.
  • Ensure data-driven decision-making and reporting functions to support the donor relations program.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned and based on departmental need.

At Trinity College, we seek to have our staff reflect the changing demographics of our student body. Trinity is a highly selective, independent, nonsectarian liberal arts institution located in Connecticut’s capital, Hartford. With over 2,100 full-time undergraduate students and 91 graduate students, the College maintains a rigorous academic profile complemented by a vibrant and diverse co-curricular program. The College enjoys the benefit of being situated in an urban center and has strong academic, social, and philanthropic connections to our home city of Hartford. Our student body is diverse, representing 41 states and 70 countries with 21% students of color and 50% women. Over 90% of students live in campus residences. As the preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives.


  • Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 4+ years of relevant professional experience.
  • Ability to plan, develop and implement activities and programs.
  • Ability to work independently with excellent attention to detail.
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational, written and verbal communications skills.
  • Previous experience working with and supervising staff.
  • Working knowledge of various word processing, spreadsheet, and database software applications is required.
  • Evenings, weekends, and some travel is required.
  • Preference for candidates with experience in higher education or independent schools will be given.
  • Degree requirement may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants
All applicants must apply online at by submitting their resume, cover letter and 3 references to this site.

Trinity College requires proof of COVID19 vaccination and booster or an approved exemption prior to beginning employment.

Trinity College has partnered with an outside contractor, The DRG Group, to provide assistance and strategic direction in this search. In addition to submitting your application online, please send cover letter and resume to Lynne Wester at

Trinity is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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