Assistant Director, Donor Relations and Stewardship
Brandeis University – a distinguished private research university recognized for its academic excellence and leading-edge research – has an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Director, Donor Relations and Stewardship.
Located in the suburbs of Boston, a global hub for higher education and innovation, Brandeis is dedicated to first-rate undergraduate education while making groundbreaking discoveries. Established as a nonsectarian university in 1948 by members of the American Jewish community, our visionary founders shared a commitment to social justice and to making the world a better place.
Our founders’ pioneering spirit and intellectual pursuits continue today at Brandeis – from helping to solve a national public health crisis through work at its newly established Opioid Policy Research Collaborative, to the biological discoveries that last year earned two faculty members a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. We aspire to further such important endeavors and are looking to grow our team with individuals who share our passion and commitment. In preparation for its next ambitious campaign, Institutional Advancement (IA) seeks to strengthen the bonds with the University’s many constituencies. By working together, we will secure the financial resources necessary to continue the legacy of excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship at Brandeis.
“Brandeis is a community rooted in purpose, guided by enduring values, and determined to lead. Come add your talents and your voice to this vibrant and distinctive community.” - RON LIEBOWITZ, PRESIDENT OF BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY
The Assistant Director will be an asset to the Donor Relations Office, playing an integral role in their key operations. He/she will work closely with the Annual Giving team to create and implement an annual giving stewardship program and reinvigorate current recognition societies. The Assistant Director serves as a manager of individual stewardship plans for some major gift donors and for those in the pipeline, and works as a collaborative member of the Donor Relations team to ensure writing projects are completed in a timely manner. This individual will also oversee digital and video reporting stewardship efforts within this office.
Primary Responsibilities and Essential Activities
Collaborates with the Annual Giving team to create and distribute regular targeted stewardship pieces to complement solicitations, and maintains the automated gift acknowledgement process for all gifts to the University. Establishes a first time donor stewardship protocol and assesses our current recognition society efforts for increased engagement opportunities. Creates annual fund stewardship for major gift donors who give unrestricted each year.
Creates and implements stewardship plans for a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects, partnering with prospect managers to ensure the donor is well informed. Determines long and short term strategies for keeping donors engaged and informed. Provides annual reports to donors on how their named funds are supporting the goals of the University.
Writes gift acknowledgements, condolences, and other correspondence for the President and the Sr. VP for Institutional Advancement.
Supports the stewardship efforts for scholarship and fellowship reporting by creating student profiles and meeting with students throughout the year to ensure their suitability for restricted scholarships. Assists in event planning for both the Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon and annual letter writing party.
Oversees integration of video and digital reporting into Donor Relations stewardship efforts.
Maintains a portfolio and strong working knowledge of major donors and keeps updated on programs, initiative, news items, and activities related to students and faculty at the University. Assists with other projects as determined by the Director of Donor Relations.
Bachelor’s Degree Required.
At least 3 years of professional writing experience.
Proficiency in computers and the ability to use all alumni and donor data bases in the execution of the job.
Strong relational and team work skills for both internal and external relations; able to work collaboratively with a diverse community of internal and external constituents.
Attention to detail and the ability to work independently, with minimal editorial oversight, are essential.
How to Apply: Submit cover letter and resume as a single document at http://www.brandeis.edu/humanresources/jobs/external.html. Elect option for "New Applicant". Sort the job listing by clicking the Job ID column heading. Locate the desired job listing. Click the job title and then Apply Now.
Internal Number: 528148
About Brandeis University
Characterized by academic excellence since its founding in 1948, Brandeis is one of the youngest private research universities, as well as the only nonsectarian Jewish-sponsored college or university in the country.
Named for the late Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis of the U.S. Supreme Court, Brandeis University combines the faculty and resources of a world-class research institution with the intimacy and personal attention of a small liberal arts college.
For students, that means unsurpassed access--both in and out of the classroom--to a faculty renowned for groundbreaking research, scholarship, and artistic output. At Brandeis, professors bring newly-minted knowledge straight from the field or lab to the graduate and undergraduate classrooms.
Brandeis supports an innovative and exciting program of learning that emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and the solution of real-life problems. Undergraduates, from the very first year, enjoy leadership positions and research opportunities typically available only to upperclass and graduate students.
Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, on 235 attractive suburban acres, Brandeis is in an ideal location just nine ...miles west of Boston.
Brandeis is ranked in the top tier of the nation's universities. Our graduates depart to pursue careers in a wide array of fields, and advanced studies in the nation's leading graduate and professional schools.
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