Founded in 1917, Providence College (PC) is a premier Catholic
liberal arts institution steadfastly committed to academic
excellence through a dynamic core curriculum, a distinctive
Development of Western Civilization Program, and abundant
experiential learning opportunities. The only U.S. higher education
institution administered by the Dominican Friars, PC is committed
to providing a variety of opportunities for intellectual, social,
moral, and spiritual growth in a supportive environment. Providence
College believes that cultural and intellectual pluralism is
essential to the excellence of its academic programs, and strives
to foster an academic culture and campus community reflecting the
global environment in which we live and work.
The approximately 105-acre campus is situated in Rhode Island’s
capital city and is close to the many cultural and educational
offerings of Rhode Island’s “renaissance city.” Additionally,
Providence is located an hour from Boston and just a few hours from
New York City.
For years, Providence College has been recognized in the U.S.
News & World Report
“Regional Universities – North
Category” and has been commended by several other ranking
Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations
Develop, implement, and assess a comprehensive stewardship program
that acknowledges, celebrates, and strategically communicates with
donors at all levels and forges long-term relationships that
advance the College’s philanthropic and engagement goals.
- Design, document, and execute a strategic and comprehensive
stewardship program for the College’s top benefactors. In
consultation with Major Gift and Principal Gift teams, create and
execute individualized annual stewardship plans for leadership
donors, enhancing current stewardship outreach with creative,
layered, and beneficial communications. Consult with the Director
of Planned Giving in planning stewardship touches for members of
the Harkins Society, recognizing individuals who have named PC in
their estate plans. Develop and lead, in consultation with OIA
colleagues, campaign stewardship strategy to ensure proper
recognition of top benefactors.
- In collaboration with College Events, plan, execute, and
support several advancement stewardship events annually ranging in
size from approximately fifty to several hundred guests. Develop
customized stewardship elements for events, including recognition
gifts for new inductees to the 1917 Society, and touch points for
donors at various levels. Analyze post-event surveys and other
reports to assess donor satisfaction, return on investment of
stewardship programs, and to recommend improvements based upon
- Provide strategic guidance to inspire and enable members of the
team to execute a top foundational stewardship and donor relations
program. Provide ongoing guidance on technical support needed to
complete projects on schedule and as efficiently as possible.
Identify and develop talents of staff members. Advocate for
additional training and professional development opportunities. Set
clear goals and expectations, complete performance check-ins, and
conduct annual performance evaluations to ensure goals and
department needs are met.
- Direct the process for the College’s annual donor gratitude
report. Work with the Assistant Director to define project
workflow, timeline, technical needs, reports, and enhancements. Vet
recommendations to highlight donors and initiatives. Direct and
manage the process for the annual endowment reports for reportable
endowment funds. Develop and execute customized annual reports for
top principal gift prospects and special current-use gifts as
needed. Oversee and review highly customized presidential and other
leadership level thank you letters. Oversee the tracking system for
named spaces on campus.
- Educate OIA colleagues and others regarding best practices in
donor engagement and recognition. Provide guidance and
recommendations to the Director of Annual Giving regarding
stewardship of annual giving societies. Evaluate the effectiveness
of stewardship programs annually and develop strategies that align
with OIA and institutional fundraising priorities. Establish
metrics to assess return on investment of stewardship efforts.
Define and represent the technology needs of the stewardship
functions to OIA colleagues.
- Perform all other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience Required
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution required.
- Five to seven years’ of progressively responsible experience in
donor relations or closely related field in institutional
advancement, preferably within a higher education environment, or
an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, oral and written
communication skills, including the ability to draft creative and
inspiring narratives into insightful stories that personify the
Providence College experience.
- Strong organizational, project management, and decision-making
skills to direct concurrent, time-sensitive stewardship projects
with meticulous attention to detail.
- Ability to use technology to gather, interpret, organize, and
present data, and to communicate creatively with benefactors.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications, database
systems, and social media, and donor communications software (e.g.,
ThankView, Vimeo, Animoto). Familiarity with Affinaquest/Salesforce
- Availability for evening and weekend events and for occasional
The physical demands described here are representative of those
that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the
essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may
be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
- Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of
- Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction
- Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers
rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a
- Communication skills using the spoken word
- Ability to see within normal parameters
- Ability to hear within normal range
- Ability to move about
If other, please enter regular schedule.
Providence College does not discriminate against any person because
of race, color, national and ethnicorigin, sex, gender, except
where gender is a bona fide occupational qualification, sexual
orientation,gender identity, religion, disability, age, veteran
status, or genetic information. The College will develop,and from
time to time update, an affirmative action program and will insist
on a good-faith effort on thepart of its employees to comply with
the program. The College will request and expect its agents
andthose with whom it conducts its affairs to meet the commitment
of this important program.
Posting Detail Information
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
Documents Needed To Apply
- Cover Letter
- Letter of Recommendation