Reporting to the Associate Vice President for University Advancement, the Director of Donor Relations creates, implements, and manages all aspects of the University’s donor recognition programs and stewardship efforts, implementing best practices across all functions, and playing a key role in achieving the University’s strategic fundraising goals. The director will work with the offices of the Academic Dean, Financial Aid, Athletics, Career Services, Student Life and others to create a collaborative culture of shared stewardship responsibility within the University. The director supervises an associate director and administrative secretary, and is a member of the University’s advancement management team.
- Determine and manage annual goals and objectives for the donor relations team.
- Train, mentor, and supervise donor relations staff by establishing priorities and through professional development.
- Manage the donor relations budget in Ellucian Colleague.
- Assist Advancement Operations in creating, monitoring, and updating policies and procedures related to donor relations.
- As needed, assist the Vice President of University Advancement as a liaison to the Board of Trustees’ Committee on Trustees.
- Oversee implementation of first-class gift acknowledgement policy, including annual giving and major gifts, and the use of trustee, student, and volunteer constituencies, regularly reviewing policy for conformance with best industry and University practices.
- Ensure appropriate donor recognition at all levels, including design and management of recognition societies. Work collaboratively with University Communications staff and other members of UA to design and produce recognition pieces, including donor reports, campaign reports, and recognition pieces in print, electronic or other appropriate formats.
- In conjunction with front-line fundraisers, draft individualized and targeted stewardship plans for St. Lawrence’s top donors; ensure that plans are executed.
- Facilitate direct communications to donors by individual and department/program beneficiaries of gifts.
- Communicate with internal constituencies to ensure the proper allocation and expenditure of endowed and expendable named funds and timely, accurate reporting on fund use and endowment performance to donors who have established restricted or endowed funds for scholarships, professorships, research funds, athletic and other department programs.
- Maintain a needs list of philanthropic opportunities, including namable spaces, across campus.
- Develop, articulate, and implement donor-focused strategies for recognition, engagement, and stewardship.
- Work with development staff to craft inspiring proposals and gift agreements that ensure the needs and interests of both donors and the University are met.
- Oversee on-campus dedication and celebration events. Arrange meetings between donors and their beneficiaries. Participate with appropriate staff in the design and execution of high-level cultivation and donor recognition events.
- Follow and promote the ethical guidelines set forth in the Association of Donor Relations for Advancement (ADRP), the Association of Advancement Services Professionals (AASP), the CASE Donor Bill of Rights, and the CASE Ethics Guidelines. Stay abreast of privacy issues as they relate to donor relations.
- Perform other duties as assigned or requested to meet departmental goals and objectives.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Six or more years of donor relations, fundraising, marketing, communications or related experience required, preferably in higher education.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills required; experience in writing for fundraising or advancement purposes preferred.
- Management experience preferred.
- Proven organizational skills; experience managing special events and other complex and time- sensitive programs.
- Superior skills in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; experience working in relational databases.
- Knowledge of The Raiser’s Edge a plus, but not required.
- Ability to work independently as well as within a team, build effective relationships, effectively supervise and utilize staff, and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- Ability to develop strong relationships with donors with the highest degree of professionalism.
- Ability to identify and adapt to shifting priorities, be flexible and resourceful, and exercise professionalism with numerous constituencies.
Interested applicants must apply online at http://employment.stlawu.edu uploading all required materials which are defined in the “special instructions to applicant” section. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.
Located at 23 Romoda Drive, Canton, NY, St. Lawrence University is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,400 students from more than 40 states and 40 nations. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.
The University is committed to and seeks diversity among its faculty, staff and students. Such a commitment ensures an atmosphere that is diverse and complex in ways that are intellectually and socially enriching for the entire campus community. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups, as well as from individuals with experience teaching or working in a multicultural environment, are encouraged. St. Lawrence University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
For additional information about St. Lawrence, please visit http://www.stlawu.edu.
Location/Region: Canton, NY (US - 13617)