Assistant Director, Donor Relations - University Advancement-2011078
Assistant Director, Donor Relations - University Advancement
Carnegie Mellon is enjoying its most productive fundraising years in its history, raising more than $500M over the last three years. University Advancement supports the entire CMU community in securing the financial resources the university needs to continue its ascent. As the division grows, we are seeking an Assistant Director, Donor Relations, with a passion for higher education and who appreciate the role of philanthropy in enabling the university to accomplish its mission. We are looking for talented individuals with a passion for their work and a dedication to the mission of CMU.
The Assistant Director, Donor Relations is responsible for creating, managing, and executing donor relations and stewardship programs. In collaboration with Donor Relations colleagues, gift officers, college partners, and divisional and university leadership, develops strategies and manages execution for programs which may include: fund administration; the university's professorship program; and various stewardship and donor relations initiatives such as stewardship and impact reporting and other donor communications.
Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree or equivalent combination of training and experience is preferred
3-5 years of program management experience preferably within stewardship/donor relations is required; Five to seven or more years of experience in a development field, preferably in an academic setting. Five or more years of donor relations experience and some event planning experience is preferred
Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of stewardship;
excellent project management skills,
ability to relate well to and understand the needs of donors
ability to develop collaborative working relationships with various levels of university stakeholders such as prospect managers, donor relations team members and various offices on campus, such as the financial aid office;
ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
excellent interpersonal, written, and organizational abilities;
excellent analytical, reasoning and problem solving skills;
ability to supervise large-scale projects and budgets, lead small teams, oversee staff training;
strong attention to detail; work independently;
demonstrated knowledge of and expertise with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Oracle and Advance™.
Working Conditions: Required travel to on and off campus locations. Some travel (domestic and international) may be required. Evening and weekend work will occasionally be required. Must be able to negotiate stairs. Should be able to lift 10-15 lbs. Open office setting in area shared by at least one other staff member. Exposure to computer monitor for long periods of time. Must be able to work in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings as required.
Meet with divisional partners, relevant colleagues and supervisor to build program strategy, budget and elements, and report on progress.
Manage assigned donor stewardship programs for a variety of donor constituents (e.g., scholarship, fellowship and professorship donors, as well as capital project donors).
Manage donor recognition societies including communications, programming and benefits.
Plan, organize and support the production of assigned donor events and other engagement experiences.
Create meaningful and unique gifts and other touch points to recognize donor philanthropy and milestones.
Assist with compiling and analyzing program return on investment data and obtaining audience/donor feedback/input.
Prepare and provide regular and special periodic reports to Donor Relations team leaders, UA leadership and University leadership.
Develop effective and coordinated donor communications including: endowment reports, impact reports, beneficiary thank you notes/updates, pledge reminders, recognition society welcomes and communications.
Ensure funds and gifts are properly administered and stewarded including: fund set-up, management and reporting, interacting with Treasurer's office, gift officers and business managers to provide information or investigate issues with program funds including spending/usage and beneficiary awarding. Conduct necessary auditing and financial reporting on program(s).
Serve as Donor Relations liaison to colleges, faculty and university leadership
Act as a central resource to campus constituents on stewardship management and training.
Serve on university committees and acts as resource to colleagues in relevant areas.
Other duties as assigned.
Internal Number: 2011078
About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.