Senior Donor Engagement Writer

Aug 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Senior Donor Engagement Writer

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Senior Donor Engagement Writer - Stewardship Officer 2

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description

The MCD stewardship team is a high-paced, agile, and cohesive team who write and produce materials to engage and steward donors who give to medical research, training, and care at Stanford. We need a great writer who isn't scared of a little science and who knows how to make it interesting to lay readers. It would be great if you are experienced in development work and writing, since you will be a key partner with development officers to help our donors realize the impact their gifts are having on human health. Just as importantly, you'll have a sense of humor and patience to match your writing and relationship management skills.


Manage stewardship programs designed to communicate with the university's donors. Create and implement customized and comprehensive stewardship plans. Write and produce a high volume of stewardship deliverables.


  • Participate in defining the stewardship strategy in adherence to the university's stewardship standards.
  • Develop and implement programs that provide comprehensive reporting to donors.
  • Responsible for the allocation of resources for stewardship reporting, the gift acknowledgment process, and stewardship requests. Proactively monitor and manage the stewardship needs of donors. Build a complete understanding of each donor's involvement and giving activity.
  • Coordinate with staff and development officers to develop and produce key stewardship deliverables, including written (hard copy, email or online content), video, or events.
  • Maintain open channels of communications with stewardship colleagues across the university.
  • May set priorities for stewardship team(s) and manage their overall effectiveness. Develop tracking methods for reporting of the team's overall productivity.
  • May be involved in hiring, training, setting individual performance goals and completing annual performance reviews. * - Other duties may also be assigned


    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 experience leading project teams.
  • Proven ability to effectively and efficiently manage multiple priorities, with competing deadlines.
  • Must be able to conduct research and ability to interpret information available in a database.
  • 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. Certifications and Licenses:


  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, stand/walk, sit, use a telephone.
  • Occasionally light/fine grasping, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds, writing by hand.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Non-commercial Class Driver's license. * - 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.


  • May require working flexible hours, including nights and weekends. WORK STANDARDS:

  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
  • 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, 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.

    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:

    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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