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In preparation for the most ambitious philanthropic campaign in the University’s history, the University of Denver is building an advancement enterprise that mirrors the excellence of our great institution. Advancement efforts at DU have a tremendous impact through our relationships with DU’s remarkable students, dedicated donors, inspiring alumni, engaged families, and wonderful friends. DU is committed to building and fostering a culture of deep engagement and philanthropy in support of our institution as we implement the DU IMPACT 2025 vision and prepare for a fundraising campaign with a bold and courageous goal.

The University of Denver and DU Advancement deeply value inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of constituents. You can learn more about inclusive excellence at the University of Denver by visiting the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. As a part of that effort, we are continuing to grow a team of inclusive, collaborative, inquisitive, innovative, ethical, and transparent advancement professionals who possess deep mutual respect for one another and for our shared profession.

Position Summary

The Director, Donor Relations and Stewardship is a leader, thought partner, and subject-matter expert in the field of advancement. Reporting directly to the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Principal Gifts, Donor Relations and Stewardship, this position is responsible designing, implementing, and directing an integrated and comprehensive donor relations and stewardship program that appropriately and consistently promotes interaction and connection with and recognition of donors at all levels. The Director will also serve as a key advisor to leaders and colleagues in advancement and across campus.

The successful incumbent for this position will be forward-thinking, innovative, and energetic professional with proven success in donor engagement and stewardship, capable of developing and orchestrating the implementation of a multi-year plan to advance institutional efforts. They will also serve as a strong manager, coach, and mentor to the donor relations and stewardship team and will possess an unwavering commitment to the highest quality standards.

Essential Functions

Donor Relations and Stewardship 

  • Provide strategic direction, guidance and accountability for donor recognition, signage, acknowledgements, reporting, correspondence and other activities that engage donors and advance philanthropic commitment by relaying impact, showing appreciation, educating donors, and instilling donor confidence.
  • Foster a University-wide culture of donor-centric donor relations and stewardship and create, execute, and evaluate effective donor relations and stewardship programming.
  • Collaborate with other departments to create strategies for developing donor relations/stewardship standards across campus for the purpose of creating an energetic and enthusiastic culture of philanthropy.
  • Ensure that donors to the University are thanked appropriately, professionally, and timely and accurately according to gift levels, donor history, and special circumstances.
  • Implement communication plans regarding acknowledgement, recognition, on-going communications and continued cultivation of past and current major donors to enhance their relationship with the University and increase the likelihood of continued contributions.
  • Strategic oversight of fund stewardship which includes endowment reports and specialized reports as well as providing guidance to
  • Advancement colleagues on fund balances and utilization.
  • Collaborate with Business Analytics and Intelligence and Advancement and Campaigns teams to create and deliver reports.
  • Provide and present statistical analysis to Assistant Vice Chancellor and Advancement Leadership Team members in relation to Donor Relations programs, the donors we serve, and the impact we have.
  • Partner with the Principal Gifts team to steward top prospects.
  • Proactively support development colleagues in design and execution of annual and multi-year stewardship plans for donors and top prospects.
  • Facilitate the production of seminal donor communications; identify and collaborate on development of digital and print communication opportunities to connect with donors.
  • Evaluate and re-launch strategic donor recognition societies and associated events to maximize impact and increase giving.
  • Collaborate with Advancement colleagues on designing and executing signature donor recognition events.

Management and Leadership 

  • Provide comprehensive leadership of the Donor Relations and Stewardship team within DU Advancement. This includes supporting the day-to-day functionality of the team, as well as facilitating the recruitment, hiring, training, mentoring, evaluation, and professional development of the team (4-6 FTEs).
  • Effectively manage the Donor Relations and Stewardship operating budget, including monitoring transactions and assisting in budget modeling and forecasting processes.
  • Participate in the Advancement Leadership Group.
  • Research and communicate emerging trends and best practices in all areas of donor relations and seek opportunities to share knowledge with both central and non-central Advancement staff members.

Partnerships & University Citizenship

  • Serve as an active and collaborative partner to all advancement partners and other campus colleagues, to foster strategic, effective, and collaborative advancement practices.
  • Model “One DU” leadership.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to lead, take action, create programming; develop solutions, implement plans, analyze results and iterate for maximum positive effect.
  • Track record of success in creating and executing on donor relations and stewardship activities that escalate engagement; ability to develop, plan and implement short- and long-term goals based on program needs.
  • Demonstrated success in managing and motivating a team.
  • Passion for innovation and creative thinking; drive to deliver tangible results.
  • Superior interpersonal skills for developing and maintaining relationships.
  • Strong communications skills.
  • Ability to manage time and meet deadlines.
  • Flexible, highly organized and detail oriented.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Access, Power Point, Microsoft 365, and advanced Excel), Adobe Acrobat, Constituent Relations Management systems.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • 5 years of donor/constituent/member relations experience.
  • Supervisory experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in higher education, or similarly complex setting.
  • Experience serving in a comprehensive fundraising campaign.

Working Environment

Standard office environment
Noise level is quiet to moderate

Physical Activities

Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period
Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs. with assistance

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., some nights and weekends as required

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) February 13, 2023.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 13.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $80,000 - $105,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see nondiscriminationstatement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 67989232
  • Workplace Type: Hybrid
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado, United States
  • Position Title: Director, Donor Relations & Stewardship
  • Company Name For Job: University of Denver
  • Institution Type: 4-Year College or University/Higher Education Institution,Alumni Association
  • Job Function/Discipline: Donor Relations & Stewardship
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Experience Level: Mid-Career
  • Salary: 80,000.00 - 105,000.00 US Dollars (Yearly Salary)
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