The A. James Clark School of Engineering seeks an Associate Director of Donor Relations who will help to ensure the school’s donors are appropriately, and strategically, engaged and stewarded. This individual will set priorities for multiple donor relations projects and will help identify and advance stewardship methods. They will also oversee and implement Clark School donor recognition, contact, and cultivation for future gifts. The Associate Director will monitor the designation and use of gifts, as well as assist with the planning and execution of Clark School donor events. In collaboration with the Clark School’s Dean, Assistant Dean, and additional colleagues within the school and central offices, this person will be primarily responsible for nurturing donor relationships and facilitating communications and events that inspire donors to support the school to their fullest potential.
The Associate Director will manage all acknowledgments and communications to donors on the impact of their gifts, and lead high level and small scale donor engagement events for the Clark School. They will also run and advance the school’s Dean Circle recognition society, implement and update all donor recognition signage, and manage all fund stewardship, administration, and reporting.
The Associate Director will serve as a Clark School resource, expert and administrator for all aspects of donor relations. They will report to the Assistant Dean for External Relations and manage one full time administrative staff member.
Experience: Five years of related experience, preferably in donor relations or development.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: • Excellent written, verbal, organizational, and interpersonal skills. • Ability to provide a strategic framework and an implementation process to the donor relations efforts. • Ability to work on multi-faceted and detail driven projects, as well as completing those projects within the given deadlines and budget. • Demonstrated ability to plan and execute exclusive events. • Highly collaborative style with the energy, maturity and leadership to serve as a unifying force and position stewardship discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels. • Proven ability to work cooperatively and effectively with senior management, staff, faculty or constituent groups across all levels of the organization and to maintain productive professional relationships in complex, demanding environments. • Ability to prioritize goals and formulate independent decisions regarding procedures and operations.
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