Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship - Tenders Global

Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship

Washington State University

Available Title(s):

1155-NN_ADMINPRO – Director

Business Title:

Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship

Employee Type:

Admin. Professional

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

12 Month

Position Details:

Summary of Duties:

The Director of Donor Relations will lead and develop the strategy for donor recognition, fund reporting, gift utilization, and stewardship initiatives that actively promote the Washington State University (WSU) Foundation’s priorities and goals, including those in support of WSU’s comprehensive campaign.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President, Donor Engagement and Communication, and collaborating across WSU Advancement, the incumbent will design, implement, and coordinate a comprehensive stewardship and donor relations system that appropriately and consistently promotes interactions with and recognition of donors at all levels. In addition, the Director of Donor Relations will be responsible for collaborating with senior leaders and key stakeholders to ensure effectiveness and streamlined functions. They will also provide strategic direction for projects designed to enhance the giving experience. In addition, the individual will participate in activities associated with engaging external constituencies through events and programs, including those related to fundraising. Constituencies include donors, volunteers, alumni, faculty, staff, local community, government, and the general public. The Director will translate constituent needs and priorities into customized programs to create, enhance, and sustain relationships between WSU and its supporters.

The Director serves as an organizational expert on donor relations and stewardship programs and as a resource for colleagues across WSU Advancement. They will be responsible for building and managing a model for schools and units to follow to elevate overall gift stewardship and donor relations. This position should build and maintain strong relationships with WSU’s highest-level donors.

The incumbent has a significant responsibility to organize work to achieve broadly stated goals for the division. The Director identifies objectives, directs programs, and develops strategies and policies, while also supervising staff and holding accountability for stewardship of financial resources in a manner consistent with broadly defined compliance goals and objectives.

Travel, evening, and weekend work is occasionally required.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and six (6) years of progressively responsible relevant experience, which has included at least three (3) years of managerial experience. A Master’s degree in a related field may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience. Education and experience can be tailored to fit the specific organizational entity/directorial assignment

  • Experience developing and formalizing processes and procedures

  • Experience in the full spectrum of development including, or similar to: gift policies, solicitations, donor recognition, and stewardship management and administration

  • Demonstrated highly developed project management skills

  • Strong organizational, managerial, and leadership skills

  • Knowledge and experience with budget planning and prioritization of projects, programs, and activities

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and some weekends.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Attention to detail and the ability to handle multiple and varied tasks independently, while also working collaboratively

  • Experience engaging and managing independent consultants and outside vendors

  • Effective written and oral communication skills, with the ability to listen and communicate effectively at all levels of the organization

  • Ability to engage and influence people, using tact and diplomacy, and maintaining a high level of confidentiality

  • Superior customer service skills

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

Additional Information:

Area/College: WSU Foundation

Department Name: Donor Engagement and Communication

City, State, Zip: Pullman, WA 99163

Department Link: WSU Foundation

Monthly Salary: $6,012.09$9,403.52 In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, this salary reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate’s current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position. Successful candidates typically begin up to mid-point of the salary range. For additional information, please review WSU’s Administrative Professional Compensation .  

WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts. For additional information, please review the detailed Summary of Benefits offered by WSU for AP staff and Total Compensation .

Overtime Eligibility: This position is not overtime eligible

FTE: 100%

This is a permanent position.

Posting Close Date: Applicants must submit their completed application by Monday, January 8, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34 , engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need.  A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.

Application Instructions: All applicants must upload a cover letter and resume/CV to their online application. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications. Documents may be submitted in one file or separate files. Applicants are encouraged to upload as a PDF if possible. Applicants will be requested to provide contact information for professional references within the online application.

  • External candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/CV” section of your application.

  • Internal candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/Cover Letter” section of your application.

Required Documents:

  • Resume/CV

  • Cover Letter

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected] .

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