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Director of Stewardship for University Advancement

Company: Kettering University
Date Posted: June 13, 2018

•Excellent organization skills, detail oriented

•Excellent written and verbal communication skills

•Highly organized with the ability to prioritize multiple projects

•Good decision-making skills, tactful, good listener, willingness to search out answers, ability to collaborate and recognize when others need to be involved in activities or decisions

•Creativity, curiosity, sense of humor, high energy level, and an enthusiasm for meeting and working with a wide range of individuals

•Knowledge of principles and techniques relevant to higher education fundraising

•Understanding of individual donor needs and perceptions

•Bachelor’s degree in related field

•Minimum of 3 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, communications or an equivalent client-focused environment

•Demonstrated skills in writing, organization, and attention to detail

•Strong prior experience writing correspondence or copy

•Prior experience with donor databases and prospect tracking systems

•Prior experience working in a staff
capacity for volunteers and executives

•Prior experience with cultivation and recognition events

Understanding and commitment to Kettering University Values
a. RESPECT: for teamwork, honesty, encouragement, diversity partnerships with students.
b. INTEGRITY: including accountability, transparency and ethics.
c. CREATIVITY: fostering flexibility and innovation.
d. COLLABORATION: across disciplines and with all partners.
e. EXCELLENCE: in all we do.


•Work with university advancement team to develop and implement stewardship strategies that strengthen long-term relationships with alumni and donors to Kettering University

•Organize and actualize a fiscal year stewardship calendar, informing alumni and donors of programs and progress at the university that includes e-newsletters and online presence

•Organize a team effort to develop stewardship plans for donors at various recognition levels

•Ensure that details of stewardship plans are compiled and communicated to all involved parties, and that the plan is documented, implemented and included in the banner advancement system

•Write personal acknowledgment and stewardship communication (including letters) for signature by university leadership, board members, and key volunteers

•Collaborate with fundraising staff to develop acknowledgment and recognition procedures for major and leadership gifts that are consistent across audiences

•Work in partnership with university advancement to identify and develop recognition opportunities

•Prepare summaries/proposals that serve as background for leadership meetings and conversations with major donors, corporations, as well as scripts for donor recognition events

•Attend stewardship and cultivation events as needed

•As needed, work with the Director of Special Events to plan, manage and execute large meetings and events that advance donor involvement, cultivation and stewardship for major gifts

•Support a process that prompts leadership and the university advancement team and assists them in maintaining personal contact with major donors and volunteers


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