Associate Director, Donor Relations
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Alumni Relations and Development
Reporting to the Senior Associate Director
of Donor Relations, the Associate Director, Donor Relations
conceptualizes and executes inspiring and informative stewardship
reports and activities for transformational donors. In so doing,
the Associate Director informs individual donors about gift use and
communicates the impact of their support, working closely with
frontline fundraisers and partnering on "deliverables" with senior
administrators and faculty across the University.
Princeton University Advancement
works to inform, inspire, and involve Princeton’s global community
of alumni, parents, and friends in ways that enable the University
to fulfill its mission of advancing learning through scholarship,
research, and teaching to serve humanity.
Two positions available
For full consideration, a cover
letter is required along with your application
- Conceptualizes and plans tailored annual and longer-term
stewardship strategies for a portfolio of approximately 25 donors.
These strategies will leverage both understanding of donor
engagement strategies and in-depth knowledge of individuals' giving
and the associated areas of support, which could range from
facilities projects to newly-established academic centers to other
research and programmatic initiatives.
- Collaborate with frontline fundraisers and campus partners to
ensure that strategies align with broader engagement and
stewardship plans, as well as reflecting up-to-date information
about campus initiatives.
- For each assigned donor, manages and ensures quality control
for all aspects of donor acknowledgment, recognition, and
reporting, and, in close collaboration with campus partners,
monitors financial and legal compliance with terms of gifts.
- Executes deliverables for each personalized stewardship plan,
including researching and writing stewardship reports and other
correspondence that provide appropriate updates on progress to
program goals or objectives; responding to donor questions or
sharing timely updates between scheduled reports; identifying
opportunities for meetings to build strong donor relationships with
beneficiaries of support; and seeking creative opportunities for
engagement beyond reports to illustrate the impact of their
- To ensure more effective stewardship, develops strong
relationships with donors, philanthropic advisors, family
foundation staffs, and other individuals associated with gifts to
- Meets with donors and other individuals, as appropriate or
requested; staffs senior University leadership for stewardship
calls and meetings with donors; effectively represents Princeton
and communicates its mission, both verbally and in writing, to a
variety of constituencies, including transformational donors.
- With the Director and colleagues in Donor Relations, helps to
identify ways to continually enhance Donor Relations program,
allowing Princeton's initiatives and practices to be innovative,
efficient, and at the forefront of trends and industry practices;
execute other tasks related to the stewardship function in the
Office of Development as requested by the Director of Donor
- Bachelor's degree and minimum of five years strongly related
- Superior writing, editing, analytical, and oral communication
skills including the ability to collect, review, synthesize, and
present information and to communicate effectively with diverse
groups and build collaborative relationships.
- Proven ability to develop and foster relationships with people
at all levels of an organization, and to collaborate and influence
at a high level. Evidence of self-motivation and the ability to
work both independently and in teams, with high personal standards
representative of Princeton’s commitment to excellence.
- Strong project management skills necessary to set and monitor
progress against goals, engage stakeholders, develop plans and
timelines, and to measure success toward goals.
- Ability to respond quickly to changing business needs and
priorities and to handle multiple projects simultaneously. Ability
to produce high-quality and compelling work product under tight
deadlines and work with a high degree of flexibility in a
highly-collaborative, fast-paced, goal-oriented environment.
Willingness to search out answers, and ability to recognize when
others need to be involved in activities or decisions.
- Discretion, good judgment; a strong appreciation for special
needs associated with sensitive data and commitment to keep
confidential all data related to Princeton and its alumni and
- The highest standards of professionalism and performance as
evidenced by collaborative teamwork, initiative, critical thinking,
good judgment, consistency of output, timeliness and
- Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and
weekends, and travel as required.
- Familiarity with natural sciences, computer and data sciences,
and other disciplines in STEM fields, and a demonstrated ability to
translate scholarly and research materials into more accessible
- Familiarity with Princeton University and its mission, as well
as the ability to fully articulate it to donors and volunteers
Princeton University is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
and all qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard
to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity or expression, national origin, disability status,
protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by