The Office of University Advancement seeks to help every member of the university family make a significant impact on the St. Edward's mission through gifts of time, talent and treasure. On June 30, 2017, we celebrated the conclusion of a ten-year, concerted effort to effectively engage alumni, students, families, and friends philanthropically. Key highlights of the "Opening Doors" campaign included: volunteers gave more than 20,000 hours; 14,000 donors provided more than $100.7-million, more than half of which was for scholarships; leadership donors set a record with 440 President's Associates (donors giving more than $1,000 in a given year). Looking to 2022, the university envisions every St. Edward's student exploring transformational pathways to knowledge, experience, understanding and achievement. To help advance this vision, four teams within the University Advancement Office development, alumni and parent programs, data and information services, and constituent relations and communications are collaborating to engage and inspire current and next-generation philanthropists.
The Associate Director of Stewardship helps to meet stewardship and relationship-development goals for the Office of University Advancement by leading strategic planning and execution of donor stewardship activities. The perfect candidate will have a passion for creating lifelong relationships between the university and its family of supporters, along with a creative approach to donor retention. The position reports to the Director of Constituent Relations.
- Lead development and implementation of consistent donor stewardship standards for major giving clubs, including The Edwardians (lifetime donors of $100k+), members of the Mary Doyle Heritage Society (donors who have included St. Edward's in their gift or estate plans), and President's Associates (annual donors of $1,000 or more).
- Write content and produce related materials for donors to specific projects, such as the Main Building Project or scholarships and endowments.
- Monitor gifts received and recommend impact reports for significant donations; prepare written reports when appropriate by collaborating with faculty, program directors, and/or students.
- Prepare sponsorship reports for key corporate partners.
- Help achieve donor retention goals by collaborating with the Annual Giving team to support stewardship of donors to annual campaigns such as the Faculty & Staff Campaign, the social media campaign Love Blue, Give Gold, and more.
- As a member of the Constituent Relations team, participate in open, constructive conversations about messages and materials produced by the division.
- Inform current and future plans by keeping stewardship activities, their costs and impacts, well documented.
- Other relevant duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree and minimum of 5 years' experience in donor relations, journalism or marketing communications.
- Must be calm, thorough, accurate and very detail-oriented.
- Aesthetic and taste standards appropriate for audience of leadership donors and administrators.
- Willingness to learn and promote university's branding guidelines and identity within communications.
- Ability to diplomatically manage diverse relationships: from faculty members to college students and the President's Office.
- Ability to work in an office where teamwork and professional respect are the foundation for achievement.
- Independent thinker who is also comfortable with established hierarchy of leadership and close teamwork.
- Knowledge of or willingness to learn technological applications as necessary to carry out specific stewardship activities, including but not limited to, relational databases and campus-wide internet software.
- Proven ability to appropriately manage sensitive and confidential information; ability to learn and strictly adhere to FERPA rules for student privacy.
- Successful candidate must complete an employment and/or criminal background check
About St. Edward's University
Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward's University is a private, Catholic liberal arts institution of more than 4,600 diverse students located in Austin, Texas. St. Edward's emphasizes critical thinking and ethical practices, as well as small classes, personalized learning and exciting internship opportunities. The community atmosphere extends to the approximately 800 faculty and staff who work together to make the university a welcoming yet challenging environment for students. An overview of St. Edward's University employee benefits is available at https://www.stedwards.edu/human-resources/benefits-summary
About Austin, Texas
Consistently ranked as one of the "top metropolitan areas to live in," by numerous independent media outlets, Austin attracts approximately 50 new residents a day and has been one of the nation's fasting growing cities. St. Edward's is in the heart of this thriving, entrepreneurial and cosmopolitan city, providing students, faculty and staff with opportunities to live, learn and grow in an environment that offers a wealth of resources and opportunities. In fact, Austin is home to 17 companies on the Inc. 5000 list and boasts 1.7 times the national average of startups. Additionally, as one of the world's great technology centers, Austin, sometimes referred to as "Silicon Hills," is home to technology heavyweights like Dell, National Instruments and Silicon Labs.
For more on the City of Austin's offerings, visit The Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit an online application at https://stedwards.applicantpro.com
Please include resume, cover letter, and three employment references. No Calls Please.
St. Edward's University is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage women and minorities to apply to our vacancies and hire only U.S. Citizens and documented workers. We do not offer sponsorship at this time.