Director, Donor Communications and Recognition - University Advancement
Washington University in St. Louis
Location: Clayton, Missouri
Internal Number: JR63480
The Office of Donor Relations fosters positive and enduring relationships with donors built on trust and accountability through activities that acknowledge, recognize, and report on gifts, and engage donors in the life of the university. Reporting directly to the Executive Director of Donor Relations, this position is responsible for management and strategic oversight of the Donor Communications and Recognition team, which includes impact reporting, gift acknowledgements and tributes, and donor recognition. This must be an experienced professional skilled in communications, content marketing and strategy, and effective organizational design. In addition, the successful candidate will be able to articulate a clear vision for the future, demonstrate agility and sound judgment, lead and build high-performing teams, and nurture effective working relationships with diverse constituencies. This is a key position that will require contact with the Executive Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, and other senior university officials.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Provides oversight, direction, and day-to-day operations management of the Donor Communications and Recognition team, which includes impact reporting, gift acknowledgements and tributes, and donor recognition.
Sets a vision for the Donor Communications and Recognition team that aligns with and affirms the overarching goals of the Office of Donor Relations, and develops and implements strategies that will support that vision.
Leads continuous improvement efforts to streamline operations and enhance the donor experience. Builds, evaluates and refines donor relations efforts such as gift acknowledgment process, publications, donor signage and a wide variety of recognition opportunities based on best practices in the field.
Builds strategic partnerships and influence with colleagues across UA and the university to help Donor Relations achieve its goals and to gain a deeper understanding of how Donor Relations can support its university partners.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Proven track record of effectively working and leading in a large, complex, dynamic and sophisticated organization.
Experience building and managing teams.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively under pressure, juggle competing priorities, manage projects, organize time and identify resources for projects.
Strong management skills and commitment to staff development.
Ability to set a vision and to influence and inspire others to action, as well as a willingness to dig in and understand the work being done at a more granular level.
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills. Clearly conveys information in a way that is engaging, reflects the audience, and helps others understand and retain the message.
Superb editing skills and ability to modify written communication to reflect the universityâ™s mission and its practices.
Familiarity with content marketing and strategy as well as effective organizational design.
Well-developed project management skills, including experience initiating and implementing a new program or project.
Wide-ranging knowledge of academic units, current affairs in higher education, and research, as well as genuine interest in the ongoing affairs at the university and intellectual curiosity.
Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, and accuracy.
Ability to analyze, condense, and synthesize complex material and provide accurate analysis and summaries.
Ability to work across units and build effective working relationships.
Ability to effectively operate in a highly complex environment.
Bachelorâ™s degree and five years of fundraising experience.
Successful and experienced professional with knowledge and success in institutional development, major gifts, capital campaigns and annual giving with fundraising and prospect call experience, particularly in higher education.
$75,400.00 - $132,800.00 / AnnuallyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.
Washington University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to an individualâ™s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability status, protected veteran status, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation. Women, minorities, protected veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment â“ fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.
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