The Associate Director of Donor Relations strategically designs and manages University-wide programs to acknowledge, recognize, steward, and engage donors at all giving levels. The Associate Director (AD) develops innovative strategies to deepen donor engagement, support retention, and create meaningful donor experiences. The AD regularly evaluates programs and tactics, makes strategic adjustments, develops innovative strategies, and strives to ensure an extraordinary experience for every donor.
Engage with donors remotely and at events, partnering with colleagues across the University to create events and experiences that are donor-centric, strategic, advance overall fundraising goals, are consistent and coordinated across the University.
Develop and manage communications plans for gift acknowledgements, giving societies, and annual giving stewardship.
Act as a key partner and strategist for naming opportunities and donor recognition events such as building dedications.
Develop recognition strategies and manage program to create and implement recognition plans in partnership with gift officers.
Help establish, evaluate, and maintain ARD stewardship policies and processes for consistency and quality control of stewardship and recognition activities including benchmarking, data analysis, planning, and ensuring best practices are consistent with peer institutions and industry standards.
Educate and train colleagues on policies and best practices through a variety of communication tools and vehicles including written information, meetings, presentations, and staff training.
Manage staff including hiring, assignment of work, mentoring, promoting professional growth, and evaluating performance.
Seekopportunitiesforprofessionaldevelopmentthatwillenhance job performance,includingbuildingnetworkswithintheUniversity and with colleagues at peerinstitutions.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Communicate Effectively & With Influence
Lead Performance & Flawless Execution
Exhibit Resilience & Optimize Resources
Display Emotional Intelligence
Foster Partnership & Collaboration
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Bachelor's degree or higher required.
A minimum two years of professional work experience in nonprofit management, donor relations, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work experience required.
A minimum of one year leading a project team or managing staff required.
At minimum of one year experience developing and monitoring budgets preferred
Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly, the internal workings of the University as well as the technology tools available to the Office of Alumni Relations and Development, including Griffin (the University's donor relationship management system), Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
Broad experience with donor relations and communications required.
Analytics skills preferred.
WorkingConditions and PhysicalRequirements:
Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business.
Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends.
Cover Letter (optional)
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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