Assistant Director of Donor Relations
Regular or Temporary
Hours Per Week
Weeks Per Year
Full or Part Time
Trinity College is currently seeking a talented and energetic
Assistant Director of Donor Relations (Stewardship) who will be
responsible for supporting a successful donor relations program.
Under the direction of the Director of Donor Relations, the
Assistant Director will assist in providing support for the
broad-based and fundamental activities of Trinity’s comprehensive
Donor Relations program. This individual will oversee a variety of
stewardship and acknowledgment programs including the Scholar
Program. The incumbent will also manage and supervise the
production of a variety of communication materials designed to keep
donors apprised of scholar and faculty achievements and celebrate
gifts made to the College. The purpose of all donor relations and
stewardship activity is to engage Trinity’s alumni and donors and
to involve them in substantive ways in the life of the College,
predisposing them towards new and additional gifts, and provide
strategic support for the College’s fundraising efforts.
At Trinity College, we seek to have our staff reflect the changing
demographics of our student body. Our student body is diverse,
representing 41 states and 70 countries with 21% students of color
and 50% women. Just over 90% of students live in campus residences.
Trinity is a highly selective, independent, nonsectarian liberal
arts institution located in Connecticut’s capital, Hartford. With
over 2,100 full-time undergraduate students and 91 graduate
students, the College maintains a rigorous academic profile
complemented by a vibrant and diverse co-curricular program. The
College enjoys the benefit of being situated in an urban center and
has strong academic, social, and philanthropic connections to our
home city of Hartford. As a preeminent liberal arts college in an
urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold,
independent thinkers who lead transformative lives.
- Directs and develops the Trinity Scholarship program including
the creation of donor annual reports. Serves as the point person
for student scholars to obtain information and respond to
inquiries; facilitates thank-you letter program; collaborates with
Advancement colleagues in the collection, proofreading, editing,
and distribution of scholarship reports; collaborates with
Communications to develop and produce associated materials.
- Serves as the point person for Award Management system
(previously AcademicWorks) to manage data in support of the
- Manages the creation, review, and distribution of weekly
acknowledgments, as well as all of the honor/in memory/in tribute
- Directs and develops all stewardship of the Trinity internship
program, including the creation of donor annual reports.
- Works with Director of Donor Relations and the Assistant
Director of Donor Relations (Engagement) to organize annual scholar
reception, virtual scholar/donor meetings, and other scholar events
- Represents Donor Relations in regular i-Modules (online
constituent engagement management system) meetings. Utilizes system
in conjunction with other communications related to Donor Relations
and other Advancement programs.
- Assists the other members of the donor relations team in
executing major events, including but not limited to assisting with
the planning and implementation events celebrating leadership
philanthropy (lectures, dedication events, giving society events,
etc.), volunteer management, and donor cultivation events. Assist
in managing these events on-site by interacting with special
guests, speakers, and key Trinity staff. Other ancillary duties as
assigned by Director of Donor Relations and VP of Advancement
including assisting VP of Advancement with correspondence,
research, reports, etc. as requested.
- Investigates and recommends innovations for the expansion and
enhancement of donor relations and stewardship programs.
- Bachelor’s degree with college course work in English or
communications preferred, plus a minimum of three years’ experience
in communications or writing, donor relations, or higher
- Must demonstrate excellence in written and oral communications,
including writing, editing, and proofreading
- A proven ability to create, implement, and assist on events and
new programs, and an ability to discreetly handle confidential
information about donors and volunteers
- Proven ability with project management and a willingness to
organize and juggle multiple projects; must be motivated and able
to create innovative ideas to achieve results, and recognize and
- Capacity to respond with insight, tact, and sensitivity to
donors’ concerns; must exercise diplomacy and discretion in dealing
with high-level donors and confidential information.
- Strong interpersonal skills and customer service orientation;
poised, professional manner and the ability to communicate clearly,
directly, and empathetically in all interactions including verbal
and written communications, one-on-one conversations, and in
- Must have excellent organizational skills, be able to handle
multiple complex tasks at once, and able to work with a sense of
- Demonstrated creativity, organizational ability, empathy, and
strong attention to detail
- Ability to make decisions in ambiguous situations, exercise
good judgment based on information and analysis in a fast-paced,
dynamic, deadline-driven environment in an organized and
- Must be able to represent Trinity College and the Advancement
Office effectively to faculty, donors/prospective donors, and
members of the community
- Willingness to work and/or confer at various hours as required
by deadlines and/or events
- Value Trinity’s commitment to inclusiveness; demonstrate
respect and commitment to diversity
- Demonstrated fluency with Microsoft Office applications
- Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as
Special Instructions to Applicants
Application Materials Requirements
- Familiarity with fundraising principles and experience in a
higher education or academic setting
- Experience with Award Management (AcademicWorks), PeopleSoft,
and/or CRM systems
- Comprehensive knowledge of Trinity College’s mission and
programs and/or experience in another college setting
- Resume and cover letter
- Cover letter must include a statement about your work or
experience with diverse communities and/or constituents.
- Writing sample
- Special note: candidate should be comfortable and adaptable in
the current remote working environment and be able to successfully
navigate and interact with the technologies available to fulfill
the duties of the position in such environment.
For optimal consideration, please submit your application material
by May 18, 2021.
Trinity College is an independent, nonsectarian liberal arts
college for men and women, with approximately 2,200 undergraduate
students and 200 faculty members, located in Hartford, Connecticut.
Our Mission is “Engage. Connect. Transform.” As the preeminent
liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares
students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative
lives. Trinity is an actively engaged community of students,
faculty and staff who work together to develop and sustain the
intellectual and creative opportunities central to a first-class
liberal arts education. Hartford, the state capital, provides many
opportunities for cultural and social engagement.
The College is committed to building a representative and diverse
faculty, administrative staff, and student body. Trinity is an
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities
are encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities should
request, in advance, any needed accommodation in order to
participate in the application process.
For all faculty positions, completion of the Ph.D. or appropriate
equivalent is expected. Candidates should have a strong commitment
to undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching in a liberal arts
context, and a well-articulated plan for sustained research.
Trinity is especially interested in candidates who can contribute
to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through
their research, teaching, and service.