The Director of Stewardship & Donor Relations is charged with the organization and management of a comprehensive program to foster and nurture lasting relationships between Dominican University and its donors and to steward gifts, especially to endowed funds, and to the current campaign. The Director will work closely with university advancement colleagues to more fully engage the university’s donors and prospects in the life of the university, to build confidence that their gifts have impact, and to help strengthen their philanthropic support.
The Director of Stewardship & Donor Relations reports to the Sr. Director of Major Gifts and works closely with other members of the university advancement division. The Director will also work with the president, vice president of university advancement, trustees, volunteers, deans, faculty, staff and students.
EXPECTATIONS FOR ALL DOMINICAN EMPLOYEES:
To support the University's mission of preparing students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service, and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.
JOB COMPONENTS/PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide strong vision and staff leadership for a dynamic donor-centered program of acknowledgment, recognition, engagement and stewardship.
Formulate and execute strategies and tactics that foster long-term relationships with donors including acknowledgement letters, recognition initiatives, stewardship reports to donors, visits and meetings with the president and senior university officials, select events, web and other forms of communication.
Responsible for development of donor-centered systems and processes for the acknowledgment of gifts to ensure donors are thanked in a personal, timely and appropriate manner; develop acknowledgement letter templates for university-wide use and adaptation; direct the production of all presidential acknowledgment letters and those for university leadership and trustees; partner with gift officers to adapt and personalize stewardship strategies and individual gift acknowledgements.
Oversee and manage the stewardship of endowed, restricted, and specific current-use funds; in partnership with the university’s business office, office of financial aid, and other offices, as relevant; review status of funds annually (at minimum) and assure appropriate stewardship strategies are in place and executed; work with campus partners to assure implementation of systems and processes.
Ensure appropriate and timely stewardship reports for major gifts, particularly those related to established funds (scholarships, chairs, programs, etc.) and the campaign; work with the VP, directors and gift officers to assure integration into overall prospect strategies.
Participate in planning solicitation strategies with gift officers to ensure that gifts are designated appropriately so they can be responsibly stewarded.
Review and/or develop policies and procedures for establishing, managing and marketing naming opportunities which support university priorities and reflect donor/prospect intent.
Lead planning and implementation of major gift donor recognition and select high-level university-wide or presidential cultivation/stewardship events; work with colleagues to develop overarching event strategy, invitations, guest lists, program scripts, briefings, and awards.
Coordinate with appropriate university advancement colleagues, campus partners and offices on events intended to spotlight significant university accomplishments to the donor community or to promote donor engagement, especially the annual endowed scholarship lunch, President’s Circle dinner, etc.; partner with gift officers on the planning and execution of select funding initiatives focused stewardship initiatives.
Create and maintain a system of tracking and acknowledging special moments in the life of the university as well as the lives of the university’s key constituents and develop a plan for strategically leveraging those moments to advance the mission of the university.
Oversee trustee and donor gifts, greeting card and birthday card tracking and process, and serve as a resource for development officers on stewardship and recognition strategies and tactics.
Manage activities to assure success of the annual Trustee Benefit Concert and Gala fundraiser.
Perform other duties as requested, delegated or assigned.
Apply online at www.dom.edu/jobs. Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and resume, including at least three professional references.
Dominican University is an equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We look forward to a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
The following qualifications are required:
Strong command of the English language including:
above-average writing skills, and ability to compose, proofread, edit, and revise
effective verbal communication skills
Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, as well as creativity and resourcefulness
High energy level, self-motivated, and self-directed, able to design and complete complex projects
Ability to prioritize and execute multiple projects under demanding deadlines
Strong attention to detail
Ability to work independently, lead strategically, as well as actively engage as a member of a team
Understanding of the principles and techniques of major gift and campaign fundraising
Able to participate in evening and weekend activities as necessary
Mastery of Microsoft Windows, Excel, Word, Power Point, and Outlook
Possess integrity, strong work ethic, positive “can do” attitude, and a sense of humor
This position requires a background screening.
The following qualifications are requested:
Knowledge of Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge
Education and Experience:
Candidates for this position should have a minimum of three to five years of development or related experience, preferably in a higher education environment.
Direct experience in stewardship and donor relations, events management, and major gift fundraising is highly desirable.
A bachelor’s degree is required with a major in English, communications, marketing or related field preferred.
Dominican University is a Catholic, comprehensive teaching university located in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago, with an enrollment of over 3,100 students. The University is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution, with 50% of undergraduates first generation in college, 67% female, 51% Hispanic of Any Race, and 7% Black/African-American. For more information about Dominican University, see www.dom.edu.