Assistant Director of Donor Engagement, Leadership and Principal Gifts

Kentucky, United States
Salary Not Specified
May 20, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

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Working Title Assistant Director of Donor Engagement, Leadership and Principal Gifts Department University Development Compensation Title Position Number 30022825 Position Status Regular Work Schedule

8:15 am to 4:30 pm; Varies depending on need; Some travel, nights and weekends is required.

Hours per Week 37.5 Months per Year 12 Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

Northern Kentucky University ( NKU ) seeks excellence by enriching its educational environment and culture through the diversity of its administration, faculty and staff and by embracing inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive excellence.

Purpose of Position

The Assistant Director of Donor Engagement, Leadership and Principal Gifts contributes to NKU’s fundraising success by designing and implementing an integrated and comprehensive stewardship program that promotes engagement and connection with donors at the $100,000+ level. This position reports to the Assistant Vice President, Leadership and Principal Gifts and also collaborates closely with communications and advancement services team members.

Primary Responsibilities

-Assists AVP with prospect development and stewardship by building strategies and facilitating unique connecting experiences for university stakeholders, crafting campus visit itineraries, and providing event coordination and support

-Provides high-quality written communication for diverse audiences including: background and supporting materials, correspondence, grants, proposals, gift documentation, acknowledgments, impact reporting, and nominations

-Maintains in-depth knowledge of university priorities, programs, and initiatives, to identify possible engagement opportunities for donor and potential donors

-Coordinating portfolio work-flow for AVP in conjunction with other development team members in the completion of tasks to facilitate donor development activities

-Provides support for board meetings, events, donor visits, and other development officers as needed

-Documents and maintains quality records in databases; primarily Raiser’s Edge NXT

-Some weekend/evening work required. Other duties as assigned.


-Must be well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to prioritize assignments for completion in a timely manner

-Strong written and verbal communication skills to prepare, edit and present effective correspondence

-Ability to problem-solve, research, evaluate and synthesize information for the intended audience

-A working knowledge of Microsoft Windows applications is required and knowledge of Raiser’s Edge is a plus

-Exceptional ethics and integrity, ability to be discrete and maintain confidentiality

-Organizational perspective, ability to work independently in a fast paced environment, comfortable with change and associated ambiguity are valued competencies

-Must have passion for philanthropy, higher education, NKU, and the community that it serves

Any candidate who is offered this position will be required to go through a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law.

Northern Kentucky University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We embrace inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work and seek excellence through diversity among our students, administrators, faculty, and staff. Application by members of diverse groups is encouraged.

Minimum Education Bachelor's Degree Preferred Education Master's Degree Minimum Experience 3 years Salary tbd Pay Grade S72
Requisition Number 2021S1362 Job Open Date 05/20/2021 Job Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Quick Link Is this an internal only posting? Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • NKU Jobs Site
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Employee Referral
    • Other
  2. What is your highest level of education?
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Master's degree or higher
Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. References
Optional Documents

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