Director, Diverse Communities and Next Generation Giving

California, United States
17 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description.

Recently announced among several presidential initiatives at Stanford University was “IDEAL” - Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access in a Learning Community. Through IDEAL, Stanford intends to achieve sustainable change by excelling at recruiting and retaining talent in a diverse community.


OOD is also committed to “IDEAL” by advancing sustained, donor-centric giving in historically underrepresented racial and ethnic communities of color, our LGBTQ communities, and with our next generation of givers. Alumni participation rates continue to grow with giving among our diverse and next gen constituencies becoming more proactive and robust. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President and Senior Director of University Major Gifts, Director of Diversity and Next Generation Giving will focus on engaging individuals with capacity and willingness to make large gifts to Stanford.

This position is expected to move to Stanford’s Redwood City campus in the spring of 2019.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Develop fundraising strategies and lead development efforts and execution of fundraising goals and activities for such programs as diverse communities, next generation fundraising, as well as development work with other prospective donors who may be newer to philanthropy.
  • Work with members of the diverse and next generation communities to develop relationships that will lead to gifts in the $250,000-$10,000,000 range.  Drive the strategy for outreach and identify meaningful areas of engagement.
  • Gain familiarity with this constituency and develop strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Maintain an active, current body of knowledge relative to Stanford’s current fundraising priorities
  • Provide staff support for university leaders, faculty, and high-level volunteers who can help with potential donors.
  • Work with the LEAD (Lifelong Engagement and Advocacy for Development) program and regional gift officers across the university to engage alumni, parents, and friends who have the capacity to make major gifts.
  • Partner with SAA as well as other campus departments and centers (First Gen Office, Haas Center for Public Service, BEAM, VPSA, etc.) to ensure collaboration on issues around diversity at Stanford.
  • Manage a staff of two fund-raisers.
  • Inspire and motivate staff by fostering a work environment that encourages new ideas, risk-taking, team-based efforts, celebrating current achievements and setting/meeting philanthropic goals.
  • Direct staff and provide leadership to achieve goals and vision of the organization. Responsible for hiring and retaining staff, career coaching, personal development for direct reports and accountable for the performance of employees.

*   Other duties may also be assigned.

To be successful in this position, you will bring:

  • Bachelor's degree and seven years of relevant experience and management experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience. Previous experience in an educational institution or nonprofit organization is desirable.
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience, sensitivity, and diplomacy.
  • Excellent judgment, interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to lead and motivate others and earn the respect of associates at all levels.
  • Strategic skills to craft and help implement fundraising plans.
  • Demonstrated managerial talent in guiding major gifts efforts.
  • Proven ability to meet fundraising goals with a strong track record in managing and balancing donor and faculty relationships.
  • Ability to manage a large number of fundraising activities simultaneously.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Effective management experience and excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated experience recruiting, evaluating, mentoring, and placing staff.
  • Demonstrated experience engaging and motivating groups of diverse individuals, including strong volunteer management skills.

Major Gifts:

University Major Gifts is a department within the Office of Development comprised of regionally focused field staff who work throughout the United States to build and maintain relationships with Stanford University alumni, parents and friends to advance Stanford's mission. Staff in Major Gifts collaborate with their colleagues in the schools and units, principal gifts, and The Stanford Fund to coordinate activity with donors and potential donors.

Why Stanford 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 TedTalk, 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!