Le Moyne College, located in Syracuse, N.Y., is an independent college established by the Jesuits in 1946 to provide students with a values-based, comprehensive academic program designed to foster intellectual excellence and preparation for a life of leadership and service. Today, Le Moyne has evolved into a nationally acclaimed college of liberal arts and sciences that draws students from across the U.S. and abroad.
Le Moyne College is a diverse learning community that strives for academic excellence in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition through its comprehensive programs rooted in the liberal arts and sciences. Its emphasis is on education of the whole person and on the search for meaning and value as integral parts of the intellectual life. Le Moyne College seeks to prepare its members for leadership and service in their personal and professional lives to promote a more just society.
Le Moyne College aims to advance the values of diversity and inclusiveness at the college. To do this, Le Moyne seeks scholars and professionals who bring innovation, creativity, and impact to the campus, and who bring greater depth, breadth, and diversity to our campus community.
The Director of Donor Relations at Le Moyne College is a part of the Advancement & Innovation Leadership Team and plays a crucial role in overseeing and enhancing the organization's relationships with donors and supporters. This position is dedicated to promoting a donor-centric culture of philanthropy at the College and involves developing and executing strategic initiatives to engage donors, nurture meaningful connections, and ensure sustained philanthropic support. The Director collaborates with cross-functional teams to implement a comprehensive donor stewardship and engagement approach. The ideal candidate will be a strong collaborator with attention to detail, capable of connecting with internal partners, donors, and prospective donors. The Director of Donor Relations will directly supervise the stewardship function.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Job duties specific to this position:
Donor Engagement Strategy
Develop, implement, and continuously refine a comprehensive donor engagement strategy to cultivate and maintain relationships with individual, corporate, and institutional donors.
Identify and segment donors based on their giving history and preferences to create customized engagement plans.
Establish recognition events, personalized communications, and tailored engagement opportunities for major donors, ensuring a high level of donor satisfaction and loyalty.
Develop exceptional cultivation and stewardship experiences for major and transformational gift prospects and donors, including preparation and management of leaders and speakers.
Create annual scholarship events, designed to engage prospects, donors, and student recipients in the culture of philanthropy.
In collaboration with the Senior Advisor to the Vice President of Advancement & Innovation, develop and execute an impactful planned giving program (e.g. Le Moyne Legacy Society with a focus on recognition and engagement.
Implement data-driven insights to assess the effectiveness of the engagement strategy and make necessary adjustments.
Collaborate closely with Advancement & Innovations Marketing to craft compelling narratives that not only express gratitude but also highlight the tangible impact of donations.
Oversee all donor communication efforts, including acknowledgment letters, donor newsletters, annual reports, and personalized donor impact reports (e.g., Fall Financial Report).
Utilize storytelling techniques to emotionally connect donors with Le Moyne College's mission and the student and faculty recipients and awardees of their generosity (e.g., Spring Impact Report).
Develop a donor-centric content calendar, ensuring regular and meaningful touchpoints with donors to maintain their engagement.
Prospect Identification and Cultivation
The Director of Donor Relations will be a key member of the Advancement & Innovation Leadership Team's coordinated efforts to develop cultivation plans and engagement strategies for existing and prospective donors.
Collaborate with research and analytics teams to identify and prioritize major donors.
Assist in the creation of a systematic approach to track and manage prospect cultivation, from initial contact through conversion to a major donor.
Assist in the creation of personalized cultivation activities, such as campus tours, meetings with faculty and students, and participation in relevant events.
The Director of Donor Relations will be a key member of the Advancement & Innovation Team's collaborative efforts to plan and execute fundraising campaigns.
Assist in the creation of effective solicitation strategies that resonate with donors and align with the College's mission.
Assist in the development of recognition and stewardship strategies for campaign donors, including naming opportunities and impact reporting.
Reporting and Metrics
Track and report on key performance metrics, including donor retention rates, giving levels, and fundraising goals.
Utilize data analytics to assess donor behavior and preferences, enabling data-driven decision-making.
Develop dashboards and reports that provide real-time insights into donor engagement and campaign progress.
Regularly present findings and recommendations to the Advancement & Innovation Leadership Team to inform strategic planning.
Leadership and Management
Lead the development and execution of a comprehensive donor stewardship program grounded in best practices.
Lead annual planning efforts, aligning the Donor Relations team's goals with the broader Development, Advancement, and University strategy.
Job expectations for all Le Moyne College employees:
Demonstrates and role-models all of Le Moyne's mission-based competencies (collaboration, communication, diversity, integrity, leadership and service) in every interaction with all community members and external parties.
Strengthen digital literacy skills through education and the application of digital technologies in order to effectively engage in information gathering, utilization and data management while promoting a security culture.
Supports cura personalis by treating all individuals with dignity, professionalism and kindness.
Promotes cura apostolica by aligning professional goals, objectives, and performance with college's strategic goals.
Demonstrates excellent work attendance, reliability and work ethic.
Attends and actively participates in required meetings and training sessions.
Complies and adheres to all of Le Moyne's established policies, procedures and codes of conduct at all times, including all health and safety requirements and regulations, to promote desired behavior and build awareness.
Must complete all required federal, state, institution and department trainings.
Engages in a planned program of professional development. Continually maintains skills and knowledge relative to the position and technology industry including best practice, evolving operational requirements, and industry trends.
Performs a variety of related duties as assigned.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion job expectations for all Le Moyne College employees:
Demonstrates commitment to promoting a more diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment by supporting the diversity, equity, and inclusion goals of the employee's unit.
Regularly participates in professional development opportunities to become more aware of DEI issues and to consider ways in which their work can be expanded to honor and incorporate the diversity of our community.
Works to neutralize institutional bias by analyzing the policies and procedures of their unit and making suggestions to remove barriers for historically underserved people.
Promotes open communication across Le Moyne's community in order to create an inclusive environment, and understanding of others backgrounds, ideas, and perspectives.
12 paid holidays (In addition to paid time off the week between Christmas and New Years)
Generous time off package
Equal Employment Opportunity
Le Moyne College is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, citizenship & immigration or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.
This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. Le Moyne makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.
To apply for this position please go to https://lemoyne.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=170046 and click the 'Apply Now' button and submit the required materials for consideration:
* Cover letter outlining your interest in the position * Current resume * Contact information for 3 professional references
Bachelor's Degree required.
Minimum of 5 experience in donor relations required, preferably within higher ed
Must possess excellent organizational, communication, customer service, writing, marketing and data analysis skills, and have sound knowledge of fundraising principles, concepts and techniques.
Strong data management skills required. Adobe Suite experience a plus. Candidate must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously, be self-motivated and attentive to details, and exhibit creative and entrepreneurial energy. Ability to work independently but collaboratively as part of a goal-oriented team is essential. An understanding and appreciation of Jesuit mission preferred.
Excellent customer service skills
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Demonstrated time management and organization skills.
Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York, is one of 28 Catholic, Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, Le Moyne was the first to open as a co-educational institution. Since its founding in 1946, the College has modeled and strengthened the 476-year-old Jesuit tradition. Today, Le Moyne enrolls approximately 2,785 undergraduate and 534 graduate students from 33 states and 35 countries. Our MIssion:Le Moyne College is a diverse learning community that strives for academic excellence in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition through its comprehensive programs rooted in the liberal arts and sciences. Its emphasis is on education of the whole person and on the search for meaning and value as integral parts of the intellectual life. Le Moyne College seeks to prepare its members for leadership and service in their personal and professional lives to promote a more just society.For information about us, please visit http://www.lemoyne.edu.