The Assistant Director, Stewardship (Assistant Director of Donor Relations), will spearhead stewardship activities for donors to scholarships and need-based aid at the University of Virginia. Reporting to the Associate Director of Donor Relations, this position will work collaboratively with partners from across the University to provide creative, engaging and impact stewardship experiences for supporters of one of the University’s highest priorities – scholarships.
This position will develop, implement, and manage systematic stewardship and recognition program for expendable and endowed scholarship gifts at all levels, including the Bicentennial Scholars Program. With collaboration across the schools and units, as well as with the scholarships fundraising team, student financial services, and Advancement Communications, the Assistant Director, Strategic Stewardship will develop meaningful content for scholarship donors, will build relationships with scholarship recipients during their time on Grounds, and will ensure accurate tracking, reporting, and awarding of scholarships on an ongoing basis.
The ideal candidate is process-driven, has strong writing and communication skills, and thrives in a collaborative environment. The ideal candidate will understand the importance of stewardship and its role in successful fundraising, is a highly organized project manager with great attention to detail, is committed to the University’s mission, and is highly motivated to serve as an effective steward of our donors and their gifts.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Bachelor's degree in a related area and three or more years of experience is required.
Demonstrated success in donor relations, stewardship and/or student financial services is preferred.
Working knowledge of fundraising, donor relations, and public relations.
Ability to navigate database systems and analyze information.
Analytical and critical thinking skills.
Exemplary interpersonal communication.
Strong writing skills.
Problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
Strong attention to detail.
Ability to meet deadlines.
Effective project management skills.
Availability to work evenings and weekends as needed.
About University of Virginia
In 1819 Thomas Jefferson fulfilled his lifelong ambition to create a better institution of higher learning, one that would prepare America's citizens to lead and govern the new nation. His University would be the first to engineer cross-disciplinary exchange between the sciences and humanities, history and chemistry, and students and professors. It would encourage the academic enterprise to advance knowledge, train leaders and break through traditional boundaries.Nearly 200 years after its founding, the University is at the forefront of important cross-disciplinary work being done by faculty and students across its 11 notable schools. That work draws on the considerable resources and innovative thinking of this tier-one research institution, which is also the nation’s #2 public university.