The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the United States Naval Academy Foundation in the search for a Director of Donor Relations.
The Director of Donor Relations will add specialized skills and strengths to an already strong team committed to building upon the unique qualities and heritage of the U.S. Naval Academy. This new position will assess current programs and protocols and will design a new, integrated stewardship program for the Foundation, optimizing ways of supporting the generosity of donors and the work of fundraisers by focusing on principal gift stewardship activity, including customized stewardship plans, opportunities, and events for the Foundation’s most generous donors. The Director will develop metrics and systems to monitor outcomes of each area of stewardship and donor relations and will serve as an advocate and ambassador to the Foundation’s senior leadership team for all stewardship activities, collaborating with colleagues, donors, and U.S. Naval Academy leadership and faculty to develop a proactive plan for stewardship and donor relations in support of a best-in-class fundraising operation.
The new Director of Donor Relations joins the Naval Academy Foundation at a particularly exciting time. The Foundation is deeply immersed in the quiet phase of a $400 million comprehensive campaign, the largest in its history, one designed to have a transformative impact on one of the nation’s premier leadership development institutions and on the young men and women who will become the next generation of Navy and Marine Corps officers. The Director of Donor Relations will play an integral role in ensuring positive, consistent, and meaningful engagement of the Foundation’s principal gift-level donors, which sustains the relationship between the Foundation and the U.S. Naval Academy.
The United States Naval Academy Foundation supports, promotes, and advances the mission of the Naval Academy by working in conjunction with Academy leadership to identify strategic institutional priorities, and by raising, managing, and disbursing private gift funds that provide a margin of excellence in support of the nation's premier leadership institution. The Foundation helps to advance the Naval Academy and the Naval Academy Alumni Association by providing private resources to achieve and maintain a broad range of mission-enhancing activities that support the institution and its graduates.
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required for this position as is a minimum of seven years of professional experience in donor relations, stewardship or other relevant fundraising positions, or equivalent experience in business development, marketing, sales or other positions interacting with high net worth individuals, and a clearly demonstrated path of professional performance showing increasing responsibility and achievement. Higher education, service academy, and/or military experience is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.
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