Director of Donor Relations

University of West Georgia
UWG Recruiting Location
Closing date
Oct 23, 2021

Job Details

Job Title: Director of Donor Relations
Location: UWG Recruiting Location
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 230415
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Job Summary

The Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship reports to the Associate Vice President for Constituent Relations and Engagement and is responsible for creating and managing a division-wide comprehensive stewardship-focused donor relations program for donors at all levels to positively reinforce private gift support and engagement. As a critical partner within the Division of University Advancement, the scope of work for this position includes donor relations, stewardship, and related communications. The Director is responsible for designing, implementing, evaluating, and maintaining an active donor engagement program that communicates and celebrates the impact of philanthropy at the University of West Georgia, helping University Advancement in reaching its desired outcomes.

Required Qualifications

Educational Requirements
Bachelor's degree required

Other Required Qualifications
Superior and effective interpersonal skills, listening, diplomacy, and the poise and instincts to build strong relationships with all levels within the organization, including leadership, campus colleagues, staff, volunteers, donors, friends, supporters, and UWG communities
Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals
Proven experience in identifying the need for targeted communications and marketing piece
Capability to work under pressure, maintain composure, and make final decisions under tight deadlines through utilizing strategic, problem-solving techniques
Highly organized and detail-oriented
Innate ability to work with cross-functional teams and collaborate with divisional and institutional colleagues
A working knowledge and understanding of donor principles, requirements, procedures, and available resources
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Must have a donor-focused attitude

Required Experience
Minimum of three years of experience in advancement, donor relations, stewardship, fundraising or related field.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Experience
Preferred experience in stewardship, constituent/donor relations, annual giving in a higher education setting. Master's degree with one year minimum work experience.
Commitment to delivering excellent customer service, the ability to work collaboratively and comfort working with ambiguity.
Experience working with various technologies including advanced knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office suite, database and project management software, and CRM systems.
Prior experience in advancement, fundraising, alumni engagement, nonprofit or university setting.
Flexibility to accommodate changing priorities and deadlines.

Proposed Salary


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Ability to work evenings and weekends when required.
Standard office environment; may be required to do some light lifting in conjunction with institutional events; must be able to climb stairs and stand on your feet for several hours.
Some travel may be required.

Describe any budgetary responsibilities

Knowledge of public institution purchasing principles, procedures, regulations, and standards.

Describe the type of decisions this position makes and what are the consequences of error

The Director plans and executes a pristine and authentic acknowledgement process to ensure that all donors are thanked and recognized in a personal, timely and appropriate manner. Failure to use good judgement in the language used, the timing and sincerity of the acknowledgement, and the appropriate tone could adversely affect connection to the institution, fundraising and friend-raising, consistently investment and giving, as well as diminish the reputation of our university. Without the ability to share the ¿must have¿ donor relation elements, such as an honest expression of personal gratitude, the impact of a gift directly tied to how the donor made such a big difference, a story that illustrate a donor¿s impact, a personal signature, a handwritten note in the margin, and more - will result in diminished effectiveness in donor acquisition, growth, and retention. Particularly as it relates to a new capital campaign initiative.

Conditions of Employment

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with the University of West Georgia, as determined by the University of West Georgia in its sole discretion, confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. Applicants may be subject to a pre-employment drug test. Offers are made expressly subject to the applicable federal and state laws, to the statutes, rules and regulations of this institution and to the Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG), which are available for your inspection upon request.

Equal Employment Opportunity

It is the policy of the University of West Georgia to follow federal law in regards to affirmative action and equal opportunity. The University of West Georgia's affirmative action program and related policies are developed in compliance with Executive Orders 11246 and 11375, as amended; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Sections 503 & 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II) and their implementing regulations; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as it amends 38 U.S.C. 4212.

Other Information

This is a supervisory position.
This position has financial responsibilities.
Yes, this position will be required to drive.
This role is considered a position of trust.
This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).
This position may travel 1% - 24% of the time
This position does not require security clearance.

Special Applicant Instructions

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, codified at 20 USC 1092 (f) as a part of the Higher Education Act of 1965, is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies.

It is always the policy of the University of West Georgia Police Department to provide to the public an annual campus security report and comply with the federal law known as the Clery Act.


The University of West Georgia is a leading residential, doctoral comprehensive university that offers a broad undergraduate and graduate curriculum based on a liberal arts foundation. UWG enrolls more than 10,600 students, including an active international student population from more than 80 countries.university_of_west_georgia1.jpg

The university takes its mission of "Educational Excellence in a Personal Environment" seriously and is nationally recognized for the access to research opportunities and technology it provides to undergraduates. It has been named a Best Southeastern College by the Princeton Review for five years in a row and one of America's Best Value Colleges for 2007 and 2008.

university_of_west_georgia2.jpgUWG currently offers 109 programs of study, including 56 bachelor's and 40 master's and specialist degrees, two doctorates and 11 certificates, as well as Georgia's only Honors College. A third doctoral degree and a new master's degree have been approved by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. The Ed.D. in Professional Counseling and Supervision will begin in the summer of 2009, and a Masters in Arts in Criminology will begin in Fall 2008. Gifted high-school-age students can earn high school and college credit through the Advanced Academy of Georgia, one of only 15 U.S. residential college-early-entrance programs.university_of_west_georgia3.jpg

The Graduate School has one of the highest percentages of students enrolled in graduate classes in the University System. Undergraduates have nationally acclaimed access to research opportunities, and instruction is enhanced by faculty member research that is supported by more than $2.2 million in grants.

Only 50 miles west of Atlanta, Georgia, UWG offers a complete college experience featuring residence hall living, intercollegiate athletics and more than 100 student organizations on a beautiful, wooded 375-acre campus.



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