University of St. Thomas

Associate Director of Donor Relations, Principal Gift Stewardship

St. Paul
Jun 16, 2017
Jun 17, 2017
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for an Associate Director of Donor Relations, Principal Gift Stewardship within the Office of Development - Institutional Advancement.

Reporting to the Director of Donor Relations, the Associate Director of Donor Relations, Principal Gift Stewardship, creates, implements, manages and assesses a comprehensive donor relations strategy that focuses on donors of $1 million and more. The Associate Director provides programmatic support for all principal and leadership gift development efforts supporting, in particular, the executive fundraising activities of the Associate Vice President, Principal & Leadership Gifts, the Vice President, Development & Alumni Relations and the University President. The position works on some of the highest value proposals and stewardship efforts for donors that include University of St. Thomas Trustees. The Assistant Director works across the University Development & Alumni Relations division and the entire university.

Essential Functions:

1.    Supporting Trustee philanthropic engagement efforts
Provide the framework, process, tools, and assistance to support senior UDAR and University leadership in Trustees engagement regarding philanthropic and other interests at St. Thomas. Annually create comprehensive reports for each Trustee that outlines historical giving and impact. Prepare annual holistic giving summaries and impact reports for each Trustee and track other Trustee metrics related to their engagement with St. Thomas. Collaborate with Advancement Communications on impact reports and other publications that require design and technical assistance. Write communications on behalf of the University president and other executive leadership. Develop highly customized engagement opportunities for individuals and groups within this constituency. Oversee the trustee engagement experience during campus visits.

2.    Programmatic support of Principal & Leadership Giving (PLG) strategy meetings
Assist the Vice President, Development & Alumni Relations and the Associate Vice President, Principal & Leadership Gifts in strategy meetings to support a comprehensive PLG program. Working closely with Prospect Management & Research as well as Development Systems, create tracking and reporting tools to support the overall program. Attend all PLG planning and strategy meetings ensuring that all meeting materials are accurate and up-to-date.

3.    Custom stewardship program for Principal Level ($1M ) donors
Create the strategy, process and tools for a robust and sustainable stewardship program for all Principal donors. Work closely with assigned gift officers and their administrative assistants on a 12-month annual plan for each PLG donor. Share “best practices” and successful plans across UDAR so that gift officers assigned to lower level donors may have the tools and resources necessary to create their own custom stewardship program in coordination with Donor Relations. Collaborate with Advancement Communications on impact reports and other publications that require design and technical assistance; and Special Events staff on any event-based initiatives.

4.    Liaison between UDAR leadership and Advancement Services departments
Coordinate information exchanges and updates between executive fundraising operations (including the Office of the President) and the primary Advancement Services and support offices (Prospect Management & Research, Gift Accounting, and Donor Relations). This information includes call reports, moves/actions, and gift proposals. Create processes and procedures that leverages and empowers the executive assistants in this effort.

5.    Other Donor Relations activities
With the Director of Donor Relations, develop sustainable high-end stewardship and recognition strategies that align with other ongoing Donor Relations programs including Scholarship Spotlight or recognition societies. Oversee the design and launch of a new lifetime giving society, the Ireland Society

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages. Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program. The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents. In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.


Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and five (5) years’ experience in donor stewardship or fund-raising programs, custom communications, and project management. Knowledge of higher education environment and familiarity with the characteristics of a comprehensive university a plus. Evidence of having achieved successful results in previous position(s). Seeking candidates with relationship-building experience, customer service orientation and the ability to be a self-starter.

Knowledge of: Project planning and management; trends and practices of fund-raising and donor relations programs; effective written and oral communication methods; computer applications related to the work.

Skill in: Designing, developing, administering and directing programs; assessing needs and developing internal resources or utilizing external resources to meet these needs; using tact, discretion and prudence in dealing with those contacted in the course of the work; maintaining confidentiality; making effective oral presentations to large and small groups. Excellent written and verbal communications skills and a strong customer service orientation.

Abilities:  The ability to handle numerous projects simultaneously; ability to take initiative and solve problems both independently and as part of a team; and the desire and ability to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of a university development program. 

Commitment to the mission of the University of St. Thomas.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.  The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.

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The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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