Assistant Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship
Ball State University
As a member of the Strategy team, the assistant director will support and execute a comprehensive donor relations and stewardship plan, move key donors through the pipeline, educate campus partners about their role in impactful acknowledgments, connect top tier donors with students, and increase retention overall. The assistant director will join an award-winning team dedicated to creative pursuits that increase philanthropy and engagement at Ball State University.
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Position Function: The Assistant Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship will contribute to a comprehensive donor relations and stewardship program to help recognize, thank and steward the University’s donors. This individual will play a key role in the overall goal of strengthening fundraising efforts through donor retention. The assistant director is someone who excels at project management, attention to detail, creative inquiry, and collaborative partnerships.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. At least two years of experience in donor relations, annual giving, marketing, sales, project management or related field. The candidate does not need to be an expert in all areas of development before starting, but they must be organized, motivated, and eager to learn. Demonstrated ability in working with campus partners, colleagues, volunteers, and/or clients both digitally and in person. Proven ability to work discreetly with sensitive and confidential information. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and be insurable under the university’s auto fleet policy.
Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience in a university advancement and/or Foundation environment. Knowledge of Blackbaud (Raisers Edge) and/or Fundraising Performance Management. Strong attention to detail and ability to project manage many tasks at once. Strong interpersonal skills. Strong technical skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office suites. Supervisory experience. Preference will be given to candidates with donor relations, stewardship, and/or annual giving experience.
Apply online at: https://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/29345. Include the following documents with your application: resume and cover letter addressed to Beth Alexander. The option to upload transcripts, letter of recommendation, and writing sample is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through March 10, 2022.
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.
The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.
The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit:
Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.