The Stewardship Officer is responsible for creating, implementing and maintaining Endowed Giving and Planned Giving programs to contribute to the department’s revenue goals. This role will work collaboratively with the Director of Alumni Relations to grow a robust alumni program. This is a front-line position which will require occasional regional and national travel from time to time.
Manages a portfolio of targeted alumni givers for annual Forge Fund gifts; works to increase number of recurring monthly and multiple year gift commitments
Coordinates and grows endowed funds and restricted gifts
Securing new endowed gifts and insuring current donors are stewarded and receive information that demonstrates the impact of their philanthropy
Creates and grows a planned giving program
Increases number of planned gifts made annually and provides stewardship of donors who have already made a commitment to planned giving
Assists and provides oversight to Director of Alumni Relations in managing alumni communications and engagement; including alumni social media, alumni newsletter and Alumni Weekend
Responsible for enhancing VFMAC alumni engagement to grow renewed commitment, loyalty and giving to VFMAC as their alma mater
Works with Regimental Chapters to promote engagement of alumni off campus; increasing membership and number of gatherings
Identifies, cultivates, and recruits young alumni volunteers to significantly increase their engagement and grow their giving
Works collaboratively with the Business Office and all alumni groups and associations; attends Alumni Association Board of Directors (AABOD) meetings
Other duties as assigned.
Attendance at alumni events is required, including occasional weekend, morning and evening hours
Occasional travel is required throughout the United States
Fundraising experience in an education setting
Self-starting strategic thinker whose hallmark qualities include being persistent, being personable and possessing a desire to succeed
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and an ability to relate to a variety of people of all ages and backgrounds
A personal commitment to excellence, integrity and the mission of VFMAC
Availability to work nights and weekends
Education: Bachelors Degree required in Marketing and/or Communications.
Experience: A minimum of 5 years of fundraising experience and leadership, an understanding of industry ‘best practices,’ and strong familiarity with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures.
Candidate must have exceptional communication and interpersonal abilities as well as strong organizational skills.
Must have the ability to work collaboratively with alumni and peers at VFMA&C.
Well organized, detail-oriented, a self-starter, creative, ability to write and communicate effectively, ability to manage sensitive information, ability to be flexible and open to change.
Must be able to work evenings and weekends as necessary.
Must have own transportation, be flexible and have the ability to travel as required.
Must be proficient with Microsoft Word, Mail Merge, Excel, donor database software, Internet research, and Outlook. Experience with; ideally Blackbaud or eTapestry.
Ability to carry/push/pull objects less than 30 pounds.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.