Title: Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship
Department:Alumni and Development
Position type: Full-time
Founded in 1810, The Lawrenceville School, one of the country’s premier independent schools, is located in central New Jersey, five miles south of Princeton, 55 miles south of New York City, and 40 miles north of Philadelphia. Lawrenceville attracts outstanding students in grades 9-12, including about two dozen post-graduates. Lawrenceville’s 810 students come from more than 30 states and 30 countries, with more than a quarter receiving assistance from a $10.5 million dollar financial aid budget. Across residential, academic, and co-curricular settings, Lawrenceville challenges a diverse community of promising young people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose, inspiring the best in each to seek the best for all.
The Lawrenceville School seeks enthusiastic, energetic, collegial individuals who want to work with both adults and students in a collaborative and inclusive academic setting.
The Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship is responsible for the management and implementation of the Alumni & Development Office’s donor relations and stewardship program. This includes but is not limited to: coordinating recognition events; reporting on endowed funds and other projects by coordinating information from the Comptroller’s Office and campus partners; conveying the School’s thanks in letters, videos, and other mediums; and working closely with fundraising teams to enhance donors’ relationships with the School.
Typical responsibilities include the following:
Works closely with the Director of Development Communications to write personal thank you letters to select donors. Prepares annual reports for select donors and drafts letters on behalf of the Head Master and others to accompany them.
Creates special acknowledgement letters (spec acks) for the Headmaster and submits them for review, signature, and mailing.
Assists the Director of Advancement and Director of Development to create letters, reports, presentations, and coordinate special events as needed.
Works with the Comptroller’s Office for the designation of funds, endowment growth, and general financial reporting.
Works with the Dean of Faculty to ensure clear and open lines of communication regarding donor interest in specific faculty projects.
Maintains an ongoing inventory of stewardship opportunities and the annual calendar for stewardship activities.
Prepares annual reports for endowment fund donors. These funds include general and restricted endowments, faculty support, financial aid, student life and leadership, arts and humanities, athletics, science and technology, teaching chairs, books, and student and faculty prizes.
Coordinates student letters of appreciation with the Financial Aid Office and current scholars for mailings to donors. Works with fundraisers to coordinate visits between scholars and donors.
Identifies opportunities to build better relationships with donors and coordinates with fundraisers to ensure regular visits and engagements.
Manages key donor recognition events, to include the Sixth Form Dinner, Trustee Emeriti Dinner, Weeden Lecture, as well as groundbreakings and building dedications. Oversees the purchase and placement of all donor recognition gifts and plaques.
Develops and implements individual stewardship plans for top tier donors Develops and implements campaign-related stewardship plan and donor recognition
The strongest applicants will have the following qualifications:
Excellent writing and organizational skills.
Clear, concise, and approachable communications skills.
Experience working with one or more donor databases preferred.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Software.
Must be highly motivated, self-directed and achievement-oriented and show a fine attention to detail.
Must work well with donors, colleagues, and other constituents; comfortable working alone and with others.
Must have availability to work some nights and weekends.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred.
Minimum of 3-5 years’ related experience in stewardship, communications, alumni relations, or related field.
The Lawrenceville School is a diverse and inclusive community and makes all employment decisions without regard for an individual’s race, creed, color, religion, national origin, nationality, sex, pregnancy, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability (including AIDS and HIV related illness), genetic information, refusal to provide genetic information, refusal to submit to genetic testing, ancestry, familial status, marital status, domestic partnership status, civil union status, atypical cellular or blood trait, military service, application for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The Lawrenceville School will also provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals in accordance with applicable law.
The Lawrenceville School conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Eligible employees receive a competitive benefit package that includes health insurance coverage, paid leave and retirement plan options and many other valuable programs.
About The Lawrenceville School
Founded in 1810, The Lawrenceville School offers a comprehensive, coeducational program for 817 boarding and day students from grades nine through 12, who come from 30 states and 34 countries/territories. The school is located in central New Jersey in the town of Lawrenceville, five miles south of Princeton, 55 miles south of New York City, and 40 miles north of Philadelphia.
Through House and Harkness, Lawrenceville challenges a diverse community of promising young people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose. Our mission is to inspire the best in each to seek the best for all.