The Office of Development (OOD) advances Stanford's mission by raising philanthropic support from alumni, parents, families, friends, and institutional funders. Working in concert with volunteers and academic leaders, OOD staff members strive to accelerate Stanford's purposeful impact in the world. Stanford is committed to a donor-centric approach to development. Every member of the Office of Development staff plays a role in providing the university's donors with the service and attention that ensures an exceptionally positive and fulfilling philanthropic experience.
Stanford University's donor relations team, within the Office of Development, plays an integral role in Stanford's fundraising success. The team is tasked with communicating appreciation for, and impact of, gifts to the university; connecting donors with the mission of the university; and ensuring a sense of confidence and pride in philanthropically supporting Stanford.
The Associate Director, Donor Relations, is a new position that will develop, manage, and implement the donor relations engagement strategy for donors who support presidential and provostial priorities as well as select leadership donors to the university. The Associate Director will be the primary point of contact for donor relations engagement activities involving presidential and provostial-administered funds, including impact reporting, fund and data management, and special recognition projects. In addition, the Associate Director will partner with the Senior Associate Director of Donor Relations to create and implement customized and comprehensive stewardship plans for a portfolio of donors who give deeply and broadly across the university.
Impact reports and engagement activities that highlight scholarships, fellowships, faculty positions, and programs tell the donor how much their gifts mean to further the work of students, professors, and academic programs. As such, they are key to maintaining excellent relationships with this important Stanford constituency. This is a great opportunity to strengthen ties between Stanford and its donors and alumni and to step into or further your career in donor relations.
This role reports to the Senior Associate Director of Donor Relations within Stanford's Central Office of Development, and is a member of the Communications, Digital, & Donor Relations team. In addition, they partner closely with the Principal Gifts.
Your responsibilities will include:
Partner with key campus and fundraising leaders to define and implement the donor relations strategy for the school/unit portfolio of donors in adherence with the university's donor relations guidelines. Ensure messaging aligns with school/unit communications plans and strategic priorities. Identify key information, messages and topics.
Set priorities for school/unit donor relations functions and manage their overall effectiveness. Develop tracking methods for reporting of the team's overall productivity.
Coordinate with staff and development officers to develop and produce key donor relations deliverables, including written (hard copy, email, or online content), video, or events.
Research, develop, write, and manage high-profile reporting on complex topics in addition to backgrounders, biographies, briefing materials, talking points, and other related materials.
Distribute reports utilizing a variety of mediums, including print, email, and other digital reporting tools.
Compile and manage data using multiple financial and reporting systems.
Manage vendors/consultants on specific projects and may oversee key vendor and consultant relationships.
Execute fiduciary responsibility to ensure that gifts are awarded and utilized in accordance with donor expectations and university policy in a timely manner. Resolve discrepancies and escalate when needed.
Proactively monitor and manage the donor relations needs of donors.
Establish and maintain strong partnerships with gift officers in order to maximize engagement for their portfolios of donors. Build complete understanding of each donor's involvement and giving activity.
Maintain open channels of communications with donor relations colleagues across the university.
Assess donor relations opportunities and track donor relations trends. Recommend donor relations improvements based on findings.
May manage program budget, goals, and objectives in alignment with organizational goals, in partnership with senior associate director.
A commitment to promoting and supporting an environment of diversity and inclusion.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
To be successful in this position you will bring:
Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
Strong client service orientation with the ability to understand a variety of client audiences, including students, faculty, and school or unit donor relations staff.
Excellent interpersonal skills and professionalism to interact with people at all levels of an organization, including faculty, senior university leaders, high-level donors, and volunteers.
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including composing and editing clear and effective materials.
Demonstrated project management skills, including organizing and managing multiple complex projects with competing deadlines.
Strong attention to detail and ability to quickly understand and remember details about donors and projects.
Proficient in MS Office Suite, database applications, and online survey tools.
Experience with or ability to learn Stanford systems. Familiarity with email, design, and digital donor reporting tools such as InDesign, Ovrture, Thankview, or Marketo preferred.
Ability to exercise discretion with sensitive and highly confidential information.
WHY STANFORD IS FOR YOU:
Stanford University is one of the world's premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives. We believe Stanford's future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.
Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more
The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
How to apply:
To be considered, please submit a cover letter and a resume with your online application. The cover letter should briefly describe why you believe you are a good fit for this position.
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Leland and Jane Stanford founded the University to "promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization." Stanford opened its doors in 1891, and more than a century later, it remains dedicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world. The University's thriving diverse community is comprised of nearly 7000 undergraduate students, 12000 graduate students, 2000 faculty members, 1900 postdoctoral scholars, and over 11,000 academic and administrative staff in seven schools including several interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. The campus spreads over 8000 contiguous acres and nearly all undergraduates live on campus. Stanford offers bachelor's and master's degrees in addition to doctoral degrees (PhD, MD, DMA and JD) plus a number of professional and continuing education programs and certifications. More at http://facts.stanford.edu and http://www.stanford.edu. Stanford is an equal empl...oyment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford also welcomes applications from others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.