Director of Annual Fund Job Code: 4283Job Grade: JFTE: 100%, Exempt, continuing School of Engineering, External Relations Stanford School of Engineering is a global leader in education and research with a long track record of turning ideas into technologies that make the world a better place. Our exceptional faculty and students are creative risk-takers who pursue excellence across a breadth of disciplines, and our nearly 50,000 alumni include some of the world's most successful leaders in technology and business.
The Director of Annual Fund is responsible for leadership, strategic direction, management, and execution of an alumni-focused annual giving program. The primary goal of the annual giving program is to provide a strong financial base for the School of Engineering in the form of unrestricted dollars. Key activities include acquisition of new donors and retention and upgrading of existing donors. Last year, the annual giving program raised approximately $3.5M. The successful candidate will be someone who has a comprehensive understanding of direct appeal and leadership annual giving, including analyzing and interpreting data to drive strategies, the ability to articulate a compelling case for discretionary annual giving in a complex internal and external fundraising environment, and the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of the target group.
This position serves as a leader within the School of Engineering development team, overseeing a small annual giving team and collaborating regularly with major and principal gifts, donor relations, alumni relations, and events. This position reports to the Senior Director of Development, who reports to the Senior Associate Dean of External Relations.
Stanford is committed to a donor-centric approach to development. Every member of the Office of Development staff plays a role in providing the university's donors with the service and attention that ensures an exceptionally positive and fulfilling philanthropic experience. Website: https://engineering.stanford.edu/ Your responsibilities include:
Design an annual giving program and set goals targeted at increasing unrestricted support for the school.
Work closely with a centralized direct marketing team to carry out direct mail and email program.
Partner with the donor relations team to develop stewardship strategies and tactics for donors at all levels of annual giving and oversee annual fund stewardship efforts, including acknowledgement cards and e-stewardship to thank donors and increase retention rates.
Oversee sourcing and deployment of content for annual giving solicitation and stewardship communications
Work closely with other colleagues in development to align program goals with the overall giving goals of the university's development organization.
Manage a small team of staff.
Monitor, analyze, and report on overall results to internal and external constituencies.
Identify, recruit, and train volunteers and maintain frequent contact with them through meetings, visits, email, and telephone calls.
Establish ongoing relationships with individual alumni through personal visits, phone calls, and meaningful contacts.
Work with a portfolio of assigned prospects/donors to cultivate, solicit, and steward their support.
* Flexibility with other tasks assigned
To be successful in this role, you will bring:
Bachelor's degree and five years of experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.
Demonstrated experience with fundraising in a higher education environment.
Proven record of accomplishment that demonstrates initiative, creativity, transparency, and interpersonal skills.
Ability to develop and initiate new strategies.
Strong problem solving skills, including the ability to create contingency plans and handle emergencies when necessary.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies and effectively develops relationships that enhance overall development goals.
Ability to work well under pressure and manage projects simultaneously.
Excellent organizational and time management skills, including the ability to set and meet deadlines.
Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
*Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
Why Stanford is for You We provide competitive salaries, excellent health care and retirement plans, and a generous vacation policy, including additional time off during our winter closure. Our unique perks align with what matters to you:
Freedom to grow. Take advantage of career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or leader discuss global issues.
A caring culture. We understand the importance of your personal and family time and provide you access to wellness programs, child-care resources, parent education and consultation, elder care and caregiving support.
A healthier you.
We make wellness a priority by providing access to world-class exercise facilities. Climb our rock wall, or participate in one of hundreds of health or fitness classes.
Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
Enviable resources. We offer free commuter programs and ridesharing incentives. Enjoy discounts for computing, cell phones, outdoor recreation, travel, entertainment, and more!
We pride ourselves in being a culture that encourages and empowers you.
How to Apply We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the Apply for Job button. To be considered, please submit your resume and a one-page cover letter along with your online application. Your one page cover letter should briefly describe your background in customer service and provide examples of your experience with attention to detail, responsiveness and decision-making.
Location: School of Engineering, California, United States Schedule: Classification Level:
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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