Donor Relations Specialist

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The Donor Relations Specialist plans and coordinates day-to-day activities in the Office of Donor Relations to support the University’s fundraising staff. The position’s primary functions will be to receipt and acknowledge all University gifts and manage donor retention programs. The position will also maintain the Donor Relations budget and assist the Director. The position will work collaboratively across departments to support the development of funds, assist with the creation and execution of reporting, and coordinate named spaces across campus. This role will require a high level of comfort in writing, editing, and reviewing data.

• Bachelor’s degree; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions
• Graduation from a four year college or university and two years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions

Essential job duties:
• Receipts and acknowledges all University gifts
• Coordinates and organizes the day-to-day operations of Donor Relations serving as the primary contact for the office, maintaining the Donor Relations budget, and supporting the Director
• Creates and manages donor retention programs
• Pulls, reviews, and edits a variety of lists and reports
• Executes a variety of tasks around acknowledgement letters, reporting, and retention initiatives

Other work responsibilities:
• Supports the development of donor created funds
• Drafts and edits a variety of materials including acknowledgement letters, reports, communications, and donor recognition
• Manages and maintains the Donor Relations fund files and the Donor Relations process manual
• Coordinates a variety of donor relations mailings
• Works independently and assesses a variety of situations that may not have standard resolutions

Experience, skills, training and education:
• Bachelor’s Degree with three or more years of professional experience in Donor Relations, Advancement Operations, or Development
• Prior work experience in higher education
• Superior organization skills and attention to detail
• Ability to independently coordinate, manage, and complete assignments in a timely manner
• The ideal candidate will enjoy working in an office environment, possess strong writing and editing skills, and will be comfortable spending the majority of their time in highly detailed work. Candidates should like structure to their days and also be adaptable to the demands of a dynamic environment, all while maintaining a positive attitude.

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