Assistant Director Stewardship & Donor Relations

Knoxville, TN
Apr 29, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Director, Stewardship & Donor Relations

University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

UT Foundation, Inc.


The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Office of Institutional Advancement is seeking an Assistant Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations.  Reporting to the Manager of Strategic Research, the assistant director will support advancement and stewardship functions within and related to the UT Institute of Agriculture. This position will be responsible for initiatives and functions that provide a positive reinforcement of private gift support, recognition of donors, impact of dollars, communication of these outcomes to a variety of audiences, and moving donors along the philanthropic continuum.

As the primary touch point for stewardship activities at the institute, the assistant director will work with UTIA faculty and staff to steward donated funds in a timely manner and as agreed upon by the donor and university.  The assistant director will coordinate the compilation of annual endowment impact reports, and manage the Office of Advancement’s gift acknowledgement process.  This position will be responsible for preparing and implementing individualized stewardship plans for high-level donors, as well as creating and managing specialized stewardship initiatives for all institute donors or segmented donor groups, and working with other UTIA or university staff to utilize available technology and creative methods, as appropriate. These initiatives could include, but are not limited to, both virtual and in-person donor events, giving societies/clubs, campus visits, cards, mailings, emails, and other targeted stewardship efforts. The assistant director will also coordinate stewardship efforts for shared campaigns with UTK, such as the Big Orange Give, Big Orange Family Campaign, and Senior Impact. With a focus on annual donors, responsibilities will also include identifying, assessing, cultivating and stewarding donors to determine appropriate strategy for moving them to the next gift level.

The Foundation is an interdependent nonprofit corporation that enriches the lives of the students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the University of Tennessee through alumni engagement, financial stewardship and private investments.

Through the Office of Institutional Advancement, the UTIA partners with the UT Foundation, Inc. to enrich the lives of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the University of Tennessee. This office coordinates activities and opportunities to engage with the entire agricultural community in respect to the land grant mission. With office locations in Knoxville, Spring Hill and Jackson, it mirrors the footprint of the Institute to best assist constituents. The UTIA Advancement Team’s motto is to serve by serving with you.

Required Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and 3 years of relevant work place experience in advancement, higher education, or related field.

Preferred Qualifications: Preferred experience in stewardship, donor relations, annual giving, or working with college students and/or faculty.  Master’s degree with one year of minimum work experience acceptable. 

Job skills:

Superior organizational and project management skills, excellent written and oral communication, strong attention to detail, and the ability to synthesize information and compose clear and effective materials.  Candidate must have the ability to manage and coordinate multiple complex projects while consistently meeting deadlines. Must be able to learn and use a variety of data systems as well as Microsft Office and must be comfortable working with financial data. Excellent interpersonal skills are required to build and maintain relationships with a diverse group of donors, faculty, and staff.  Must have a donor-focused attitude.

The Assistant Director will be highly supportive of and committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. To build a diverse workforce The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women.  EEO/AA employer.

In order to be considered for candidacy, please include a cover letter and resume in addition to the online profile. Applicants should complete the on-line profile in entirety to demonstrate the minimal education and experience required for this position. Incomplete profile information as it relates to the requirements listed will eliminate candidacy for this opportunity.

Apply online at the link below using keyword 21000000O5.

The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer.  All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the University of Tennessee Foundation’s legal duty to furnish information.

Job: Executive/Administrative
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-Knoxville
Organization: Ag Development Pay
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Apr 27, 2021, 11:07:56 AM

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