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Job Req ID:  5230

Associate Director of Donor Relations and Special Projects

Classified title: Donor Relations Officer

Working title: Associate Director of Stewardship and Special Projects

Role/Level/Range: ATP/4/PD

Starting Salary Range: $57,544 - $79,047

Employee group: Full-Time

Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Employee subgroup: Exempt


General Summary:


Reporting to the Associate Dean of External Affairs in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Associate Director of Donor Relations and Special Projects will lead the creation, development, implementation, and management of high-level stewardship programming for key principal level donors, to ensure that strong long-term relationships are cultivated and maintained. In addition, this position will serve as a strategic partner with major gift officers, by writing and editing project-specific proposals for transformative giving opportunities over $1 million. The Associate Director will be skilled in managing and prioritizing multiple projects simultaneously and effectively in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.



Specific Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Develop and execute a strategic annual stewardship plan for key principal level donors to the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences including formal annual reports, additional reporting correspondence throughout the year, and other creative activities in collaboration with the primary relationship manager and other institutional leadership.
  • Work closely with the Director of Donor and Volunteer Engagement and the Office of Principal Gifts to design special, personalized stewardship touches for top-level donors.
  • Serve as a strategic partner with major gift officers offering advice and guidance that ensures comprehensive, coordinated stewardship, recognition and engagement of top donors.
  • Coordinate the creation of proactive and cohesive stewardship reports.
  • Perform independent research (including communicating directly with faculty, utilizing internal/external online resources, etc.) to discover information beyond that provided by gift officers, in order to ensure comprehensive content for proposal writing and stewardship reports.
  • Research similar stewardship programs and stay abreast of stewardship best practices.
  • Proofread, edit and/or craft original high-level correspondence and stewardship reports on a timely basis.
  • Compile and share impact stories which can be used for stewardship opportunities, Hopkins Fund marketing efforts, and/or major gift proposals.
  • Secure approval regarding photos, bios, quotes, and text for use in internal and external Hopkins publications when necessary.
  • Collaborate with major gift officers to write, proof-read and edit proposals for transformative giving opportunities of $1 million.
  • Lead, organize, and/or participate in other special projects in support of development and external affairs for the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences as necessary.



Minimum Qualifications (mandatory):


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Three years of related experience – experience should be in fundraising, donor relations/stewardship, volunteer engagement, or other relevant field; with at least two years of professional experience.
  • Strong oral, written and interpersonal skills, in addition to the ability to deal effectively with a broad spectrum of professionals.



Preferred Qualifications:


  • Experience working at an institution of higher education.
  • Three years of professional related experience.



Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Candidate should be a confident self-starter with the ability to create strategies to steward top-donors.
  • Ability to interact and develop strong working relationships with high-level administrators and faculty members throughout the institution.
  • Demonstrate sound judgement in situations requiring independent decision-making and in handling confidential and sensitive material.
  • Must be able to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to be flexible and composed in rapidly changing situations and to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to perform within time constraints with a high degree of accuracy, effectiveness, and diplomacy.
  • Must possess exceptional organizational skills with a high-functioning attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, professionalism and the ability to influence and work effectively with a wide range of people at different levels within the organizations (DAR colleagues, faculty, high-level donors and trustees, etc.).  This includes the ability to proof-read, edit and craft original, high-level correspondence and reports.
  • Proficient in MS Office and database applications, with the ability to use database for research and to run reports.
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