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Assistant Director Donor Communications - University Advancement
Tufts University

Date Posted Feb. 23, 2022
Title Assistant Director Donor Communications - University Advancement
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department University Advancement
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Development/Institutional Advancement


The Tufts University Advancement Division (UA) is a comprehensive development and alumni relations enterprise with a staff of approximately 190 FTEs. Functional units within UA include development/fundraising, alumni relations, stewardship and donor relations, special events, gift processing, research and prospect management, gift planning, corporate and foundation relations, and information systems and management. UA's mission is to build strong, lifelong relationships with Tufts University's constituents, match donors' interests with the university's needs and priorities, and secure the financial resources necessary for Tufts to achieve excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship.


The Office of Principal Gifts plays a critical role in Tufts’ major fundraising efforts. Working with the Senior Management Team (SMT) and the school-based Directors of Development, the Office facilitates top university prospect strategy, meetings, tracks university top prospects, and cultivates and solicits many 6-7 figure fundraising prospects for presidential priorities. Select staff members oversee all cultivation and solicitation strategies for cross-school donors and key university programs such as the President’s Council, the Institute for Global Leadership, the Tufts Financial Network, the Women’s Impact Initiative, the International Board of Advisors and Tufts’ Asia Relations fundraising program.  


In order to ensure strategic, meaningful, and robust relationships with donors, UA must create effective communications that bring donors closer to the university, particularly during Brighter World, our ongoing comprehensive campaign.  As donors consider commitments and ultimately invest in the institution, the Office of Principal Gifts establishes and maintains a donor-centered communications program that acknowledges, celebrates, and strategically communicates with donors about their support, and ensures that such activities are aligned with institutional priorities and adhere to institutional protocols.

What You'll Do

The Assistant Director of Donor Communications will report to the Senior Associate Director of Leadership Development and Donor Strategies and will serve as the donor engagement and stewardship point-person for the Principal Gifts Team and other leaders in University Advancement, as assigned. This person will craft donor and prospect communications; design donor relations activities including events, annual stewardship reports and regular acknowledgements; and develop high-level preparatory materials such as briefings for events and prospect meetings for university leadership, including the President, Provost and select Deans.


The Assistant Director of Donor Communications will be responsible for driving timely communications to facilitate the solicitation process, including writing proposals, solicitations, and gift agreements. In stewardship, this person will support donor relations activities for top donors and high-level engagement programs, including the President’s Council, the Tufts Financial Network, the Women’s Impact Initiative, and the International Board of Advisors. The Assistant Director will facilitate strategy sessions with leadership gift officers to proactively assess and manage communications needs for key university donors and work closely with the Central Donor Relations Office, stewardship practitioners at each school at Tufts, and the President's and Provost's offices, as needed.


What We're Looking For

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3-5 years professional experience with a focus on writing, preferably in development, alumni relations, marketing or public relations.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent years of relevant experience
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint is required.    
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills are required. Candidates must have a strong customer service orientation and be extremely detail oriented.   
  • Able to work collaboratively, organize, manage and prioritize multiple projects while meeting defined deadlines.  
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Able to interact and respond appropriately to donors and senior officers in an academic setting, as well as interact with university staff and administrators at all levels.

Preferred Experience:

  • Familiarity with Advance or similar complex database is desirable.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite a plus.

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.


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