Associate Director, Donor Relations

California, United States
08 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
08 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About Us

The Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences (SE3) develops the knowledge and talent to understand the workings of the planet and to help solve resource and environmental challenges.

The school’s external relations team is seeking an associate director of donor relations. This is a vital role on a small team, ideally suited to a strong contributor who is a self-starter and who will thrive on managing every aspect of the school’s donor relations program. This position will be a great fit for a self-starter who will enjoy learning new things every day, interacting with Stanford Earth faculty and students, and crafting stories about exciting and important research. The successful candidate will demonstrate both strong writing and editing skills and strong project management and administrative skills.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Manage the school’s donor relations portfolio: propose timing and activities, and create content as part of an overall strategy to thank and engage donors and illustrate the impact of their support
  • Create and maintain an annual calendar of stewardship activity and meet set deadlines throughout the year; track and document individual donor relations strategies
  • Research and write compelling and engaging reports describing work supported by donors across the school
  • Achieve a deep understanding of Stanford systems, including donor management database and financial reporting system in order to execute funds management and other donor relations tasks
  • Manage gift acknowledgement process

* Other duties may also be assigned.

To be successful in this position, you will need:

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • 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.
  • Ability to conduct research and interpret information available in a database.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Tact, discretion, and experience handling confidential information.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite and database applications.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Demonstrated sound judgment in situations requiring independent decision-making and in handling confidential and sensitive material.

In addition, our preferred requirements include:

  • Experience in a fundraising organization, ideally in donor relations or development communications roles
  • Experience in higher education, particularly complex research institutions

* 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.

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 and résumé along with your online application.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

Additional Information

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4322
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: H
Requisition ID: 83814

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