Assistant Director, Donor Relations
Santa Clara University
Department: Development Individual Giving
Part Year: No
FLSA Status: Exempt
Standard Hours (hours per week): 40
University Relations, comprised of the Development Office, Alumni Association, and Office of Marketing and Communications, builds SCU's excellence and character by strengthening relations with alumni, parents, and friends of the University, raising public awareness, and increasing private philanthropy, which supports the University's growth and reputation.
The Donor Relations Department helps nurture lasting relationships between the university and those who support the institution with private gifts. An active advocate for donor interests, donor relations promotes shared responsibility and accountability through timely and motivating acknowledgement, stewardship, recognition and donor engagement practices and policies across the campus and the donor giving spectrum.
In preparation for the university's campaign, we are strategically positioning resources to steward donor gifts and provide donors with compelling recognition and engagement opportunities that foster relationships and continued donor support of Santa Clara University's (SCU) strategic initiatives.
The Assistant Director of Donor Relations works in partnership with donor relations, fundraising, communications, and events staff to design donor-centered programs that enhance donor relationships and engagement with Santa Clara University. The ideal candidate will possess an engaging personality with creative and strategic sensibilities. He/she is inquisitive and articulate with demonstrated skill in executing sophisticated donor recognition programs and events. This position reports to the Director of Donor Relations in the Office of Development.
Highly detailed and organized, this person will manage a variety of high impact donor relations projects, and needs to have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. Must be a team player and willing to collaborate with others, yet independent enough to drive projects on his/her own. He/she is inquisitive and articulate with demonstrated skill in executing sophisticated donor communications, programs, and events.
Due to the level of confidential information handled, this position requires careful judgment and discretion. The diversity of workload requires flexibility, efficiency and the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines for a wide variety of assignments.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES1. Work collaboratively with the Donor Relations Director, fundraisers, communications and University Operations to manage the Universitys donor recognition strategy, including, but not limited to, giving societies and collateral; events; and plaques, signage and other naming opportunities.
2. Responsible for the strategic development and evaluation of University giving societies i.e. SCU Presidents Club, Loyal Bronco, the Nobili Society and Founders Societies, and events for the Thomas I. Bergin Legacy Society.
3. Work in partnership with the Donor Relations Director, fundraisers, communications, University events staff, and leadership in University Relations to develop and execute a strategic plan for meaningful donor cultivation and stewardship events.
4. Contribute to a culture of high performance, excellence and quality.REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES1. Annually evaluate SCU giving societies and benchmark with other peers to make recommendations that will strengthen these programs and donor engagement with the University.
2. Manage SCU giving societies to build donor engagement and loyalty.
3. Work collaboratively with the donor relations director and University events staff to execute annual donor cultivation and stewardship events. These events may include but are not limited to an annual Presidents Dinner, Reunion donor events, a donor holiday party, and tailored cultivation and stewardship events throughout the year.
4. Prepare event briefing materials for the University president and other members of the administration and fundraisers.
5. Coordinate the fabrication and installation of donor plaques and signage for the University in partnership with fundraisers, University Operations, and donors.
Provides Work Direction:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred.This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.
Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal.
May be required to travel to other buildings on the campus.
May be required to attend conference and training sessions within Bay Area or in- or out-of-state locations.
May be required to occasionally travel to outside customers, vendors or suppliers.
May be required to work flexible hours (occasional evenings and weekends).
May at times require physical labor
Typical office environment
Mostly indoor office environment
Offices with equipment noise
Offices with frequent interruptions
Strong working knowledge and understanding of fundraising and donor relations concepts, principles, procedures and techniques.
Understanding and appreciation of the vision and values of a Jesuit Catholic educational mission.
Excellent data and computer skills; proficiency in using advanced functions of word processing, Excel spreadsheets, and web resources. Ability to use databases, conduct research, and manage data for donor events.
Exceptional verbal, writing, and research skills, preferably demonstrated in an academic setting.
Demonstrated interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate, build alliances, and achieve results within a population that may possess competing interests, opinions, and/or expectations.
Must be goal-oriented and a self-motivated individual who can demonstrate accountability, initiative, creativity and focus in a rapidly changing and intellectually stimulating environment.
Ability to motivate, build long-term relationships with and gain the respect of internal and external colleagues and donors.
Demonstrate sound judgment in situations requiring independent decision-making and in handling confidential and sensitive material.
Demonstrated ability to manage time and work load to multitask and achieve goals in a deadline driven environment while maintaining a strong attention to detail.
Demonstrated ability to execute sophisticated donor events for varying constituencies.
Demonstrate a genuine desire to contribute to a collaborative and professional team environment with a positive attitude, sense of humor and flexibility.
Education and/or Experience:
Bachelors degree required. Masters degree is desirable.
A minimum of five years professional experience in institutional development and alumni relations, or a related field is required.
Open Until Filled: Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants:
To view the full job posting and apply for this position, go to https://jobs.scu.edu
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in Californias Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus masters, Ph.D., and law degrees.
Distinguished by the highest retention rate and ranked second among all masters universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Santa Clara University is Californias oldest operating institution of higher-education. The University is focused on creating an academic community that educates citizens and leaders who will build a more just, humane, and sustainable world.
Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.
Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website at http://www.scu.edu/cs/. To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.
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