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Assistant Director of Donor Relations

Fordham University
New York City, New York
Commensurate with Experience
Posted Date
Aug 2, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Director of Donor Relations

Development - Systems Management, Lincoln Center

Fordham University


Fordham University has an excellent reputation as a dynamic institution located in New York City.  Founded in 1841, Fordham enrolls more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students in its 9 Colleges and Schools. 


  • Fordham University offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to its employees, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance. We offer tuition remission for employees and their dependents  A generous immediate employer match towards a 403(b) retirement plan. As a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), Fordham is considered a qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, a federal program designed to forgive student loan debt for employees of certain public and certain nonprofit employers. As part of its work-life balance program, the University provides generous PTO including 15 vacation days, 12 sick days, 2 personal days, 6 summer Fridays, and holidays that include paid time off between Christmas and New year.   University employees have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP provides no-cost, professional, and confidential services, to help employees and family members address a variety of personal, family, life, and work-related issues.


Position Summary

The Development and University Relations (DAUR) at Fordham is comprised of many talented and high performing individuals who work across a range of functions from our leadership, to fundraising, marketing and communications, analytics, alumni relations, athletics, special events, stewardship, gifts processing, and WFUV. The division serves the entire University in a variety of different capacities. We are a team of 141 full-time employees.


The Assistant Director of Donor Relations reports to the Executive Director of Donor Relations.


Essential Functions        

  • Researches, writes, and produces compelling customized stewardship communications that articulate the impact of significant philanthropic commitments to the University and reports on programmatic and academic initiatives, major facilities improvements, and the value of financial aid investments. Collaborates extensively with Marketing and Communications Department to ensure effective message strategy to steward and engage University donors.
  • Develops, implements, and manages systematic stewardship and recognition program for endowed and non-endowed scholarship gifts, including processes for collection, intake and distribution of student information and materials sent to donors.
  • Ability to communicate, work with, and effectively manage various forms of communication with a diverse pool of students and coaching students to be ambassadors for Fordham’s donor community.
  • Drafts highly personalized stewardship plans for top donors, focusing on experiential stewardship in collaboration with DAUR leadership and assigned gift officers,
  • Identifies and develops new methods of electronic donor communication. Creates and edits copy, social media, photos, videos, reports, special events, and posts for Fordham website or other deliverables for donors.
  • Oversees production and distribution of semi-annual major gift pledge reminders.
  • Works closely with the Finance Office to ensure endowed funds are appropriately tracked and expended. Assists with periodic fund audits.
  • Helps plan and execute the annual Scholarship Donors and Recipients Reception.


Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in English, Communications, Business, or Marketing/
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in non-profit or higher education.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills. Finalists will be required to submit a writing sample.
  • Computer literacy and fluency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint. Ability to create and execute complex mail merges and formulas within Excel and Microsoft Suite. Ability to navigate comfortably with a database and eagerness to learn new technologies.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across the University, with a customer service orientation.
  • Familiarity with Fordham University and its mission, and the ability to articulate it to donors and volunteers.
  • Availability to work night and weekend events on occasion.
  • Successful candidates should have a knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Jesuit Education.


Preferred Qualifications 

  • Master’s Degree in a related field










Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering an exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 16,000 students in its 9 colleges and schools.  It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre in the United Kingdom. 


Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds.


Fordham is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories

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