Donor Relations Officer

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sep 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Founded in 1869, Chatham University is a fully coed institution with an enrollment of over 2,200 students and over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence:  sustainability; health & lab sciences; business & communication; and the arts & humanities.  Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson (Class of '29), and is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been selected as one of the Top 50 Green Colleges by The Princeton Review; ranked in the top five nationally for sustainability achievements in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS); and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places "contributing to Pittsburgh's transformation into a destination for green living."

Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the world's first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus.  Consistently ranked as a best college by U.S. News & World Report in the Regional Universities North category, Chatham consists of the School of Health Sciences; the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment; the School of Arts, Science and Business; and the College for Continuing & Professional Studies.

To help support the work of the University we have an immediate opening for a Donor Relations Officer.  The Donor Relations Officer reports to the Director of Individual Giving and Donor Relations.

The Donor Relations Officer is the staff member charged with creating and carrying out programs to ensure that Chatham University properly stewards its donors to fulfill legal and ethical obligations to them, and to encourage ongoing support of the University.  The Donor Relations Officer works across Advancement department lines to ensure that the University’s donors receive accurate and timely receipts and acknowledgement as well as additional reports about the use of their gifts.  The Donor Relations Officer devises and plans opportunities, such as campus visits, events, special reports, and other high-touch activities, for donors’ deeper engagement with University leaders, faculty, and students who benefit from the donors’ support

Job Summary/Essential Functions:

  • Records Management for Donor Endowments
  • Stewardship plans
  • Events
  • Donor Recognition management
  • Donor acknowledgements and pledge reminders
  • Communication planning


Bachelor’s degree.  2-3 years of progressively responsible related experience in development, with strong emphasis on donor relations and stewardship.  Excellent writing skills and event management experience are strongly desired.  Understanding of financial principles and accounting practices related to the administration of endowments; experience with some financial reporting.  This position will require periodic evening and weekend work.

Chatham University offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package, including tuition remission for qualified personnel, and a generous retirement plan.

Interested candidates should visit and follow the instructions to complete the application process.  To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter addressing the qualifications of the position, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Chatham University is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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