Assistant Director of Donor Relations

California, United States
05 Dec 2018
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05 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The School of Engineering

Stanford Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century, creating pivotal technologies that have transformed the worlds of information technology, communications, health care, energy, business and beyond. Our faculty and students are creative risk-takers who pursue excellence across a breadth of disciplines. Our alumni include some of the world's most successful leaders in technology and business. Our staff are critical to enabling Stanford Engineering to accomplish its mission: seeking solutions to some of the world's most urgent challenges and educating leaders who will make the world a better place through the power of engineering principles, techniques and systems. 

The External Relations Office of the School of Engineering at Stanford University is seeking an Assistant Director of Donor Relations. The Donor Relations team is responsible for planning and executing a broad range of stewardship and development communications activities designed to strengthen ties to the School of Engineering and enhance the desire of individuals to provide philanthropic support. Reporting to the Director of Donor Relations, you will work to implement a creative, consistent, and donor-centric stewardship and development communications strategy. If you are an excellent writer and strategic thinker who thrives in a fast-paced environment, this role may be perfect for you!

Your responsibilities include:

  • Support projects that motivate prospects and/or steward existing donors, including drafting acknowledgments, stewardship reports and updates, proposals, and other communications to key groups of prospects and donors.
  • Develop a deep understanding of Stanford’s donor management database and financial reporting systems in order to execute funds management and other specialized stewardship tasks.
  • Execute on and maintaining accurate records of stewardship activity in accordance with the university’s stewardship standards.
  • Work with staff in development and financial offices across campus to coordinate stewardship activity and tracking.
  • Proactive monitoring of the stewardship needs of donors and helping to implement development communications and stewardship plans developed by fundraisers.
  • Produce communications for donor and stewardship events, including itineraries, briefings for the dean and faculty, invitations, correspondence, and other collateral.
  • Maintain a comprehensive repository of content from acknowledgements, gift proposals, briefings, priority papers, and news articles and assisting fundraisers in identifying compelling information to present to donors.
  • Collaborate with fundraisers and academic stakeholders across the school to shape philanthropic messages and effectively communicate those messages to donors and prospects.

To be successful in this position, you will bring:

  • Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Exceptional writing ability and flawless copy editing and proofreading skills.
  • Superb client management skills, including the ability to identify client needs and deliver creative solutions.
  • Excellent analytical and information management skills, including the ability to conduct research in multiple databases and systems and manage information using Excel and other applications.
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously, meet deadlines with minimal supervision, and proactively keep all collaborators informed of project progress.
  • Ability to listen and communicate clearly, concisely, and diplomatically with a range of audiences.
  • Sound judgment in situations requiring independent decision-making and in handling confidential and sensitive material.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.

In addition, preferred requirements include:

  • Experience in a fundraising organization, ideally in development communication or stewardship roles.
  • Experience in higher education, particularly complex research institutions.
  • Experience with relationship or prospect management systems.
  • Familiarity with InDesign and/or Photoshop.

*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 his or her job.

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 TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts, and more!

How to Apply

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample along with your online application. Your cover letter should address your background in stewardship and/or development communications and describe projects and responsibilities that highlight your strengths, attention to detail, responsiveness, and decision making.

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