The stewardship and donor relations manager is responsible for designing, implementing and coordinating a school-wide comprehensive donor relations and stewardship system that appropriately and consistently promotes interaction with and recognition of donors at all levels.
Partner with gift officers to determine the best strategies for effective stewardship of donors; maintain ongoing and active networking with internal and external constituencies; and advise on the facilitation of recognition events and coordinate various activities for donor societies.
Establish and manage information tracking processes regarding acknowledgement, recognition, on-going communications and continued cultivation of past and current major donors to enhance their relationship with the School and increase the likelihood of continued contributions. Develop and assess policies and procedures across the Office and School that are essential for a comprehensive donor relations program.
Manage and execute the creation of annual endowment financial and impact reports, including the coordination of student letters and faculty reports to donors.
Design and implement a systematic and integrated donor relations program that encompasses donor recognition events, endowed position installations, and building naming dedications. Responsible for devising and using consistent, accurate, and appropriate information-sharing mechanisms for stewarding prospects and donors. Proactively supports the stewardship responsibilities of the development staff by assisting them in establishing and coordinating individualized stewardship plans for donors.
Work collaboratively with advancement staff to compose letters, compile appropriate invitation lists, engage featured program participants, create programs and provide program materials, prepare program scripts and participant remarks (as needed) and create and/or obtain donor awards and recognitions.
Recommend and facilitate on- and off-campus publicity of major gifts and donors with School publications. Advise on and facilitate the recognition of donors in both print and web-based publications.
Oversee, develop, and execute the Annual Report, oversees production of the donor roll, determine the report recipients, and facilitate the mailing.
Support the establishment of campaign giving and naming levels.
Monitor condition of and coordinate maintenance of existing named items and areas on campus.
Strong appreciation for the values of St. Andrew’s School and its key strategic initiatives along with the ability to effectively communicate them for a diverse audience.
The knowledge and ability to create, execute and/or support, and oversee a comprehensive donor acknowledgement and recognition plan, including advising on complex and carefully orchestrated cultivation events and programs for the School’s major donors. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are essential.
The ability to generate creative solutions for stewarding donors in order to advance the School’s efforts to maintain and strengthen high-quality individual relationships with donors. This requires an ability think strategically about donor engagement. Excellent social skills with individuals are required.
Proven skills and ability to manage multi-phase projects from inception to completion, including the ability to build consensus among team members and balance multiple concurrent priorities. It is necessary for the incumbent to possess the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Being detail oriented, well organized, focused and goal-oriented, with a high level of initiative and energy, is essential, as well as adept at problem solving and using judgment in situations requiring independent initiative and tact.
A bachelor’s degree is required with a minimum of three to five years’ experience in development, stewardship, advancement services or related field.
Incumbent must have a high level of independence in accomplishing the responsibilities of the position.
Confidentiality and discretion are mandatory.
The ability to interact comfortably, tactfully, and effectively with varied internal and external constituencies is essential. Incumbent interacts on behalf of the School with donors from all of the School’s various constituencies. Must display a high level of maturity and personal integrity and ability to understand, develop, and sustain resilient and dynamic relationships with donors, colleagues, and the administration. Incumbent must be able to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.
Founded in 1929 with a historically unprecedented commitment to financial aid, St. Andrew's School is an Episcopal, co-educational boarding school for grades 9 – 12 situated on 2,200 acres in Middletown, Delaware. Please visit www.standrews-de.org for more information.