Donor Relations Coordinator
Working Title: Donor Relations Coordinator
Position Type: University Managerial and Professional Staff
Department: University Advancement
Posting Date: 05-16-2017
The University of Virginia seeks to hire an innovative and creative donor relations professional to fill the role of Donor Relations Coordinator. The Donor Relations Coordinator is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing stewardship and events related work for members of University Advancement's recognition societies (currently the Lawn Society, Cornerstone Society, and Rotunda Society); working with colleagues to develop an annual publication; creating customized stewardship projects for the University's alumni, parents, and friends; proofing gift acknowledgement correspondence for the University's President and Vice President for Advancement; and assisting Donor Relations colleagues with other stewardship and events related work as needed.
The successful candidate will have experience developing a program and creating a plan to execute time-sensitive projects from conception to implementation, thinking creatively and strategically about existing programs and have the ability to develop new ways of stewarding donors and their gifts to the University. The Donor Relations Coordinator will have exceptional verbal, written and interpersonal skills that foster positive relationships with internal colleagues and external alumni, parents, and friends. He/she will have experience proofing and preparing written communication for distribution to internal and external audiences. The Donor Relations Coordinator will have demonstrated success working within and across multiple database systems. The ideal candidate will have donor relations experience, including knowledge of stewardship practices as they related to academia.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Must have the ability to interact with senior administrators, donors/prospects, alumni, and development staff, with an understanding of protocol, political environment and implications, and confidentiality.
Exceptional verbal, written and interpersonal skills that foster positive relationships with internal colleagues and external alumni, parents, and friends.
Must have proven ability to plan and execute special events, including logistical arrangements, budget preparation and management, design of printed materials, and attention to detail.
Must have the ability to manage publication production, including editing, maintaining deadlines, and working with internal and external writers and designers.
Knowledge and understanding of the University's mission, goals, academic programs and organizations.
Must have the ability to research donors/corporations through the internet and development files.
Ability to navigate within and between various database systems to pull information and combine information into single, usable format.
Demonstrated success in solving complex problems and demonstrate sound reasoning and judgment.
Must have demonstrated experience in multi-tasking.
Must have the ability to evaluate and track expenditures related to program budgets.
Keen attention to detail and ability to coordinate all aspects of stewardship projects and programs from conception through implementation and evaluation.
Ability to think creatively and strategically about existing programs and developing new ways of stewarding donors and their gifts to the University.
Must have the ability to work evening and weekends as needed.
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