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Assistant Director of Donor Relations

University of Puget Sound
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 16, 2022

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement
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Assistant Director of Donor Relations
University of Puget Sound
Job ID: 6387
Location: VP for Univ Relations Office
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Staff Posting Details
Appointment: regular, full-time, (1.0) FTE.

Position Summary:

The assistant director of donor relations applies strategic thinking, best practices, and creative skills to develop, plan, and implement programs, communications, and activities designed to foster and nurture lifelong, meaningful relationships between the university and its donors and prospective donors. This position reports to the Director of Donor Relations.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

Donor Relations
    Develop, produce, and execute signature programming, communications, and initiatives for special constituency donor populations in partnership with the director and associate director. Drive strategy for key activities and communications including, but not limited to, planning and executing the President's Leadership Society event(s), fulfillment of President's Leadership Society benefits, presidential gift acknowledgements, and the development of the President's Annual Report. Develop, maintain, and implement a master stewardship plan and communications calendar, which incorporates stewardship activities and tactics and includes multiple mediums to help ensure a consistent cadence of cultivation, acknowledgement, and recognition, and to encourage closer affinity between donors and the university. In collaboration with the director of donor relations, director of university relations communications, Office of Communications, and other campus stakeholders, produce strategic tailored digital and printed stewardship communications, but not limited to, email and social media outreach, campaign materials, giving society materials, stewardship reports, grant reports, video content, webpages, and event invitations. Together with the director and associate director, participate in developing and executing on campus and regional donor cultivation and stewardship programs, including events, communications, and special initiatives. Project manage assigned tasks across departments with university relations and campus stakeholders to meet deadlines and track program-related budgets as relevant. Manage, coordinate, and serve as donor relations liaison for staff colleagues, donors, and vendors to ensure timely and accurate development, production, and installation of donor recognition signage; maintain accurate records -- internal and external -- documenting named spaces and naming opportunities.

    Remain current on donor relations, stewardship, event, and digital/printed marketing trends, strategies and services applicable to higher education audiences.
  • Respond to inquiries from external and internal constituents on behalf of the Office of Donor Relations.
  • Participate in and provide staffing assistance at other development and alumni and parent relations events, including Homecoming and Family Weekend, Summer Reunion Weekend, and other related events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Donor Relations.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no supervisory responsibility.

Budget Responsibilities

This position monitors certain budget accounts within 5049/Donor Relations.


  • The ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with internal and external constituents and establish positive, productive working relationships with donors.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, take initiative, exercise independent judgment, navigate sensitive situations, handle confidential information, think strategically, and manage various projects and competing priorities simultaneously.
  • Evidence of creative, conceptual thinking and the ability to take the conceptual and make it a reality.
  • Experience in development, donor relations and stewardship, marketing and communications, or related field.
  • Background and high level of comfort with event planning and program development.
  • Highly developed computer skills including experience with programs such as Canva/Photoshop/InDesign, HTML email clients such as EMMA, fundraising CRMs, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Strong attention to detail and problem solving skills. Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community. A bachelor's degree. This position requires some travel, night and weekend work. Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community.

Compensation and Benefits: The anticipated budget for this position is $20.98 - $22.84 per hour DOE. Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

Application Deadline: Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.

Required Documents:
    Resume Letter of Interest

Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required background checks. All new hires will be required to submit proof of current COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) or receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the university.

Diversity Statement:
    We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives. We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community. We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply
For complete job description and application instructions, visit:

About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA


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