Associate Director of Donor Relations and Development Communications, Stanford Law School
Job Number: 88828
Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description
Stanford Law School's External Relations Office seeks to hire an Associate Director of Donor Relations and Development Communications (DRDC). The DRDC team is responsible for planning and executing a broad range of stewardship and development communications activities designed to strengthen ties between the school and its donors and alumni, and to encourage philanthropic engagement. Reporting to the Director of Donor Relations and Development Communications, this individual's focus will lean toward managing a portfolio of reporting needs, creating unique content for reports, and creating content for other specific alumni, donor, and volunteer audiences leveraging channels including video, slide decks, as well as print/digital reports. This role is a great opportunity for a thoughtful writer and creative problem-solver who thrives in a fast-paced environment.
Plan, manage, design, develop, and implement highly-individualized donor relations strategies and programs designed to communicate with the law school's donors. Will partner with development officers to maximize donor engagement and advance development goals.
Your primary responsibilities will be to:
Participate in defining the donor relations strategy for the school's portfolio of donors in adherence to the university's donor relations guidelines. Ensure messaging aligns with the school's communications plans and strategic priorities. Identify key information, messages and topics.
Develop and implement projects that motivate prospects and/or steward existing donors, with a primary focus on creating unique content for stewardship reports and updates, proposals, and other communications to key groups of prospects and donors.
Oversee design and production of development materials from creation to deployment. Research, develop, execute and manage high profile written reporting on complex topics.
Develop a deep understanding of Stanford's donor management database and financial reporting systems in order to execute funds management and other specialized stewardship tasks.
Execute on and maintain accurate records of stewardship activity in accordance with the university's stewardship standards.
Work with staff in development and financial offices across campus to coordinate stewardship activity and tracking. Maintain communication with stewardship colleagues across the university.
Monitor the stewardship needs of donors and help to implement development communications and stewardship plans developed by fundraisers.
Coordinate with staff and development officers to develop and produce key donor relations deliverables, including written (hard copy, email or online content), video, or events.
Create communications for donor and stewardship events, including briefings for the dean and faculty, invitations, correspondence, and other collateral.
Maintain a comprehensive repository of content from acknowledgements, gift proposals, briefings, priority papers, and news articles and assisting fundraisers in identifying compelling information to present to donors.
Collaborate with other members of DRDC team, fundraisers, and academic stakeholders across the school to shape philanthropic messages and effectively communicate those messages to donors and prospects.
Assess donor relations opportunities and track donor relations trends. Recommend donor relations improvements based on findings.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
Bachelor's degree and minimum five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
Strong client service orientation and attention to detail.
Excellent interpersonal skills, and professionalism to interact with a wide range of people at different levels of an organization.
Ability to clearly and credibly communicate a diverse array of topics.
Ability to articulate progress and impact in a way that is understandable and meaningful to various constituencies.
Demonstrated understanding of a wide variety of donor audiences.
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to edit high-level correspondence.
Demonstrated experience leading project teams.
Proven ability to effectively and efficiently manage multiple priorities, with competing deadlines.
Must be able to conduct research and ability to interpret information available in a database.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Tact, discretion, and experience handling confidential information.
Proficient in MS Office Suite and database applications.
Demonstrated project management skills.
Demonstrated sound judgment in situations requiring independent decision-making and in handling confidential and sensitive material.
In addition, preferred requirements include:
Experience in a fundraising organization, ideally in development communication or stewardship roles.
Experience in higher education, particularly complex research institutions.
Experience with relationship or prospect management systems.
Familiarity with InDesign and/or Photoshop.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Stanford Law School seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. To that end, new staff hires must successfully pass a background check prior to starting work at Stanford University.
Location: School of Law, Stanford, California, United States Schedule: Classification Level:
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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