Communications and Stewardship Officer

Location
Stanford
Posted
Jun 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Stanford University

Communications and Stewardship Officer

Job Number:
75300

PRINCIPAL GIFTS COMMUNICATIONS & STEWARDSHIP OFFICER

Job Purpose: Create and coordinate communications and stewardship plans to cultivate and engage the university's most generous supporters. Develop customized written correspondence and materials to support these objectives.


Principal Gifts Info: Principal Gifts is a central university fundraising program focused on cultivating long-term relationships with donors who have the capacity to make transformational gifts, while leveraging the relationships and vision of university leaders to secure support for strategic university priorities.

Our team seeks an experienced communications and stewardship professional to develop and coordinate customized communications and stewardship strategies to support these activities.

Reporting to the Director of Principal Gifts Administration, the Communications and Stewardship Officer will be responsible for composing targeted correspondence from university leaders, high-level volunteers, and senior staff, and for preparing strategic meeting materials, including briefings, executive summaries, slide decks, and talking points. The candidate will also develop customized written materials for donors and prospects, such as reports, concept papers, case summaries, and proposals.

This will entail working in close coordination with senior front-line fundraising staff, colleagues in partner programs, as well as donors, volunteers, and staff across the university.


Core Duties:
  • Participate in defining communications and stewardship plans to advance Principal Gifts cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies.
  • Coordinate with development officers and staff, in Principal Gifts and in strategic partner programs to:
  • Build an in-depth understanding of each donor's involvement and giving activity.
  • Proactively monitor and manage the communications and stewardship needs of donors.
  • Provide comprehensive, customized communications and reporting to donors.
  • Develop key communications and stewardship deliverables, including written (hardcopy, email, or online content), video, and/or events.
  • Maintain open channels with development officers, as well as communications, stewardship, and donor relations colleagues across the university.
  • Stay informed of the university and its development goals and priorities, particularly those of the president and provost. Additional Core Duties:
  • Compose targeted donor correspondence from university leaders, high-level volunteers, and senior staff.
  • Prepare strategic meeting materials, including briefings, executive summaries, presentations, and talking points.
  • Write and produce customized materials for donors and prospects, such as reports, concept papers, case summaries, and proposals.

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

    Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Strong client service orientation and attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and professionalism to interact with a wide range of people at different levels of an organization.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to edit high-level correspondence.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research, synthesize a wide range of information, and communicate complex concepts.
  • Proven ability to effectively and efficiently manage multiple priorities, with competing deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Tact, discretion, and experience handling confidential information.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite and database applications.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Demonstrated sound judgment in situations requiring independent decision-making and in handling confidential and sensitive material. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*:

  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally use a telephone.
  • Rarely lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds. * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

    WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • May work extended hours or weekends. WORK STANDARDS:
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
    Stanford is committed to a donor-centric approach to development. Every member of the Office of Development staff plays a role in providing the university's donors with the service and attention that ensures an exceptionally positive and fulfilling philanthropic experience.

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Finalist candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment background check.




    Job: Development

    Location: Office of Development
    Schedule: Full-time
    Classification Level:

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: stanfordcareers.stanford.edu

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.






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