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The Director of Donor Relations reports to the Executive Director of Principal Gifts and works closely with the Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Advancement. The position manages special programs and events for the university’s most generous benefactors and prospects with the capacity to make gifts of $5M+. This is a key position which will build the Donor Relations Program from the ground up, including eventually hiring staff. It requires contact with the executive vice chancellor for University Advancement, the Chancellor, Provost and other senior university officials. The position delivers exceptional service to Washington University benefactors and plays a central role in setting and delivering principal gifts fundraising and engagement strategies and meeting program goals.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Build and oversee a comprehensive program which caters to the university’s most generous donors, including donor relations, stewardship and special events which help to advance university-wide fundraising priorities at the highest levels.
Accountable for key deliverables including project management for donor and prospect engagement initiatives, experiences/events, and cultivation and stewardship materials and activities.
Oversee preparation of well-researched, well-written, and highly individualized impact reports for key donors.
Collaborate with university and advancement leadership, advancement colleagues, faculty, and staff to develop and implement highly-personalized engagement, cultivation, and stewardship strategies.
Oversee creation of comprehensive briefing materials and special reports to prepare university representatives, including the Chancellor, Executive Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, provost and senior advancement colleagues, for meetings with principal gift prospects and donors.
Plan highly-tailored prospect and donor events and campus visits.
Plan and deliver innovative, creative, and individually-tailored multimedia stewardship activities a key component of our donor-centric model.
On site event management and some travel will be a component of the position.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required, as well as a minimum of five years of experience in fundraising, development, and/or special events, preferably in higher education.
Exceptional communication, relationship-building and inter-personal skills. Ability to work with individuals from across the university.
Creativity, flexibility, and a proactive approach are vital in this role.
Excellent communication skills—verbal and written—and will demonstrate exceptional integrity.
Experience, sensitivity, and diplomacy; understanding of the high-level relationship-building and strategies involved in securing complex gifts.
A keen sense of accountability, sound judgement, and ethical professionalism in a deadline-driven, high-performing environment.
Demonstrated time and project management skills and ability to work independently with little supervision.
Ability to set priorities and successfully manage multiple projects and competing deadlines.
Comfort and familiarity with prospect cultivation, strategy, solicitation and stewardship at the principal or major gifts level.
Sound judgment and demonstrated experience dealing with sensitive and confidential data in a professional and ethical manner.
Flexibility to take on new assignments and deal with ambiguity as new programs and paradigms emerge.
Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, frequently problem solving for others’ projects and prospects.
High energy, initiative, creativity, drive, and discretion.
Supervisory and significant management experience in donor relations, major gifts, event management, and project administration.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Principal Gifts - University Advancement. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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