Assistant Director of Development, Diverse Alumni Communities

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Assistant Director of Development, Diverse Alumni Communities

Stanford University

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Assistant Director, Diverse Alumni Communities

(Development Officer 1)

University Major Gifts

Job Code: 4291

Salary Classification: I, 100% Exempt

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


Reporting to the Director of Development, Diversity and Next Generation Giving, plan and implement a specific fund-raising program for the university, focusing on diverse communities, building a portfolio and pipeline of donors for leadership annual giving and major gifts. Operate independently in assigned areas and take responsibility for prospect identification and solicitation, proposal development, and coordination of internal support activities. Work with staff, donors, volunteers, and other university staff to assist in establishing and maintaining relationships with a diverse alumni constituency.


University Major Gifts is a department within the Office of Development at Stanford University. It is comprised of regionally focused field staff who work throughout the United States to build and maintain relationships with Stanford alumni, parents and friends to advance Stanford's mission. Staff in Major Gifts collaborate with their colleagues in the schools and units, principal gifts, and The Stanford Fund to coordinate activity with donors and potential donors.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Working with Major Gifts, The Stanford Fund and other units and the schools, begin to develop strategies to identify, prioritize and manage a portfolio of assigned prospects/donors focusing on diverse communities and next generation donors.

  • In consultation with the Director, develop solicitation goals, objectives, and strategies for fundraising projects. Cultivate and solicit gifts to the university.

  • Partner with the Stanford Alumni Association as appropriate regarding engaging alumni from diverse communities.

  • Incorporate Field Qualification activities for the university and schools and units as appropriate, in consultation with the Director.

  • Design programs and manage appropriate appeals (e.g., direct mail, email, video, phone, and other channels), to best engage diverse communities and track progress toward a major gifts pipeline, beginning in the top three markets of Northern CA, Southern CA and New York.

  • Make volunteer assignments as appropriate, and follow up with volunteers to ensure completion of assigned solicitations.

  • Work closely with other colleagues in development to align program goals with the overall giving goals of the university's development organization.

  • Track, analyze, and report on overall results of development activities to internal and external constituencies.

  • Other duties may also be assigned.

To be successful in this position, you will possess:

  • Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

  • Demonstrated experience/effectiveness in fundraising in a higher education environment including prospect identification, relationship building, and solicitation is preferred.

  • Proven ability to work efficiently, juggle tasks simultaneously, meet deadlines, and achieve goals.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to interact with a wide range of people, including those from diverse communities.

  • Outstanding communication skills and exceptional attention to detail and follow-through.

  • Ability to effectively communicate with both internal and external constituents

Why Stanford for you:

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.

  • A caring culture. We provide excellent retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.

  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, swim in our Olympic-sized pool, or choose from hundreds of health and fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide highly competitive health care benefits.

  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails and museums.

    Enviable resources. Enjoy free commute programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

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.

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 the job.

How to apply:

We invite you to apply for the position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and a resume with your online application. The cover letter should briefly describe why you believe you are a good fit for this position.


Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4291
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: I
  • Requisition ID: 83843


Location: Office of Development, Redwood City, California, United States
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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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Posted: 7/11/2019
Application Due: 7/11/2031
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