Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship

Posted on 08/06/2021

Goucher College

Baltimore, MD

Job Description

The Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship produces, manages, and implements all aspects of donor relations, gift recognition, and stewardship of donors. The Director is responsible for creative and timely stewardship, which includes but is not limited to designing, drafting, writing, editing, coordinating, and executing an institution-wide comprehensive donor relations and stewardship system that appropriately and consistently promotes interaction with and recognition of donors at all levels.

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Advancement, the Director must develop and sustain positive and mutually rewarding relations between the college and its donors. Establish, implement, and maintain effective stewardship best practices to position Goucher College and convey appropriate gratitude to ensure donors are appreciated and recognized in a timely fashion. Partner with college leadership, administration and faculty as well as Advancement staff to determine the best strategies for effective stewardship of donors; manage stewardship staff; draft, edit and compile detailed annual stewardship campaigns for donors; maintain ongoing and active networking with internal and external constituencies; and advise on the facilitation of recognition events and coordinate various activities for donor societies including the Goucher Society, the Van Meter Club, and the Second Century Associates. This includes the cultivation of individual donors, mail campaigns, design and production of various print materials. The position also requires the coordination of events, meetings, programs and other elements designed to enhance positive relations with all donors.


  • Required:  Bachelor’s degree
  • Professional Experience:
  • Required:  Five to seven years of experience in stewardship or donor relations
  • Preferred:  In a higher education setting

Additional Information

  • Must be familiar with the strategic plan of the institution, using its goals as a guide when making decisions that impact the reputation of the college.  Must use sound judgment, representing the college in a professional manner.  Must have strong interpersonal skills, comfortable dealing a variety of constituencies.  Must be able to coordinate and facilitate the efforts of diverse individuals and groups to accomplish commonly held objectives.  Must be a self-starting team player able to design and carry out individual and team performance measures.
  • Involvement with ADRP, Mid-Atlantic
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:   Familiarity with FERPA
  • This position requires the employee to operate a motor vehicle to perform essential job functions.
  • This position requires the employee to work weekends and evenings.
  • This position does have supervisory responsibilities.

Application Instructions

Consideration of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Please submit the following application materials:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • (3) references

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