Senior Associate Director, Donor Relations

California, United States
Thursday, 28 January 2021
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Sunday, 28 March 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Stanford University is one of the world’s premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives.  We believe Stanford’s future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.

The Office of Development Donor Relations team is seeking a Senior Associate Director of Donor Relations to lead a successful donor relations program for the School of Humanities and Sciences. Managing a team of two donor relations professionals, the Senior Associate Director of Donor Relations works to implement creative, consistent, and donor-centric donor relations in support of Stanford’s largest school. The Senior Associate Director is responsible for strategy development and executive of a broad range of donor relations and development communication activities designed to strengthen ties to the School of Humanities and Sciences donors and inspire philanthropic support.

If you are a motivated, positive individual, who thrives in a collaborative environment with demonstrated leadership skills and donor relations experience, this role may be a great fit for you!

About the School of Humanities and Sciences

The School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) is the center of a world-class liberal arts education at Stanford University. H&S encompasses 23 departments—from art and art history, English, and history to economics, mathematics, and biology—as well as 23 interdisciplinary programs. As the university’s largest school, H&S serves as the foundation of a Stanford undergraduate education no matter which discipline students pursue as a major. All undergraduates take a range of courses in H&S that challenge them to think critically about the world and their roles in it. Graduate students work alongside world-renowned faculty to pursue and shape foundational research that leads to breakthroughs and discoveries that shed new light on the past, influence the present, and shape the future. Together, faculty and students in H&S engage in inspirational teaching, learning, and research every day.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Setting strategy and delivering consistent donor-centric recognition, reporting, acknowledgements, events, and communications to donors to the School of Humanities and Sciences.
  • Managing and implementing an annual reporting cycle for a portfolio of funds representing the top fundraising priorities for the school.
  • Overseeing fund management for the schools 1,000 plus funds and ensuring that gifts are utilized in accordance with donor expectations and university policy in a timely manner. Resolve discrepancies and escalate when needed.
  • Ensuring donor relations messaging aligns with school/unit communications plans and strategic priorities of the school.
  • In partnership with senior leaders, developing and implementing reporting and recognition programs for the school’s top donors.
  • Tracking and analyzing results of donor relations activities within the school. Facilitate a community of practice for those who conduct donor relations efforts on behalf of the school.
  • Monitoring, analyzing, and reporting on overall results to internal and external constituencies.
  • Designing and managing donor recognition events.
  • Hiring, training, setting individual performance goals, and completing annual performance reviews for the donor relations team.
  • Maintaining relationships with gift officers and donors. Developing and cultivating open channels of communications with colleagues across the university.
  • A commitment to promoting and supporting an environment of diversity and inclusion.

To be successful in this position, you will bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree and seven years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Ability to understand and articulate how donor relations supports and advances the broader fundraising agenda.
  • Demonstrated strong project management and fund compliance skills.
  • Demonstrated experience using multiple data management systems to pull information to create coherent reports.
  • Strong client service orientation and attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and professionalism to interact with a wide range of people at different levels of an organization.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to edit high-level correspondence.
  • Proven ability to effectively and efficiently manage multiple priorities, with competing deadlines.
  • Demonstrated sound judgment in situations requiring independent decision-making and in handling confidential and sensitive material.

Additional preferred skills include:

  • Experience in development communication or donor relations roles.
  • Experience in higher education, particularly complex research institutions.
  • Experience with relationship or prospect management systems.
  • Experience with project management software.

Why Stanford is for you:

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide excellent retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, swim in our Olympic-sized pool, or choose from hundreds of health and fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide highly competitive health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commute programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4323
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: J
  • Requisition ID: 88266