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Assistant Director, Donor Relations

Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

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Temple University's Office of Institutional Advancement serves as the fundraising and alumni relations center for the University.  Departments within the office include advancement services, annual giving, development stewardship and donor relations, research, events, and alumni and constituent engagement.   

Reporting to the Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations, the Assistant Director contributes to Institutional Advancement (IA) goals by facilitating acknowledgments, drafting communications, and providing project management to strengthen donor confidence, enhance the donor experience, and increase donor satisfaction and retention. Within Temple’s hybrid centralized/decentralized advancement organization, the Assistant Director works closely with the Director and collaborates with a broad range of advancement colleagues to manage, execute and assist with donor relations, recognition, and stewardship projects which help inspire a culture of philanthropy at Temple.

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree and three or more years of experience working in donor relations/stewardship, preferably in a higher education setting. Equivalent experience in advancement services or frontline development may be considered.

Required Skills and Abilities:

*Excellent communication skills

*Proven organizational skills to manage multi-phase projects from inception to completion, including the ability to balance multiple concurrent priorities.

*Demonstrated proficiency in Banner or equivalent development database. Advanced competencies in data management tools including Excel and mail merge. Must be willing to undergo training in internal systems and practice. 

*Effective interpersonal skills including the ability to work with sensitive and confidential information in a discreet and professional manner.

*Attention to detail and high level of accuracy in work.

*Thorough understanding of donor relations and stewardship principles; working knowledge of corresponding fundraising and advancement services functions preferred.

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and. employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

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Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Main Campus
Job: Staff
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular


One of the nation’s top urban public research universities, Temple University is a dynamic workplace in the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant cities. Founded in 1884 as a night school for the working-class men and women of North Philadelphia, for 130 years Temple has retained its core mission of being a beacon of educational opportunity to students of every background, while adding a national and global reputation as a leader in education, research and real-world oriented instruction.

With nearly 39,000 students and 290,000 living alumni, Temple has a major impact on its region and on Philadelphia, the nation’s 5th largest city. One in seven college graduates in the Philadelphia area holds a Temple degree, and the university is the 4th largest provider of professional education in the nation (law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and podiatry). Temple offers 17 schools and colleges, 399 academic degree programs, 17 Division 1 intercollegiate men’s and women’s athletic teams, as well as nine campuses including international campuses in Italy and Rome.  

Like the students the university serves, Temple’s approximately 8,000 employees are hardworking, diverse and energized by the vibrant and supportive work environments across the university, all aligned towards advancing the teaching, research and service missions of Temple University.

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