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Academic and Student Affairs has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Director of Strategic Engagement and Stewardship.
The Director of Strategic Engagement and Stewardship will be part of the advancement executive team for Academic and Student Affairs (ASA), within the Office of the Provost, driving broad based and targeted engagement opportunities and stewardship for Student Life, the Graduate School, the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, and Enrollment Management (Scholarships and Financial Aid).
As the Director of Strategic Engagement and Stewardship, this person will be responsible for providing leadership to develop and execute broad based and targeted stewardship for individuals and corporations, including communications and events, that demonstrate the impact of donor support and align with current and future fundraising priorities.
The Director will partner with a variety of staff members in addition to the advancement team to strategically develop, manage and evaluate a comprehensive stewardship program for each unit. This individual will align stewardship efforts with funding priorities, create and execute strategic events, and streamline broad based stewardship for all donors.
As a member of ASA’s executive advancement team, the Director will develop and execute an integrated campaign strategy for the most significant donors and prospects for Student Life, the Graduate School, the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, and Enrollment Management.
The Director reports to the Assistant Vice Provost, Academic & Student Affairs Advancement and supervises the Assistant Director of Scholarship Relations.
Duties and Responsibilities
Leadership and Team Management
Work closely with Asst. Vice Provost to develop and manage implementation of a strategic and comprehensive scholarship stewardship process on behalf of ASA.
Along with Assistant Director of Scholarship Relations, build strong partnerships within each unit to develop and execute comprehensive stewardship strategies and activities, priority events and communications focused on key unit funding priorities.
Provide supervision and training to Assistant Director of Scholarship Relations to ensure excellent performance and growth opportunities.
Lead and serve as point person for annual philanthropy and stewardship for Scholarships & Financial Aid.
In partnership with ASA team members, develop compelling narratives of impact that amplify the mission and funding priorities for ASA, Student Life, the Graduate School, the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, and Enrollment Management.
Targeted Stewardship and Events
Work closely with advancement team to develop, implement, and staff targeted events for specific and/or groups of donors and corporations to create a customized, high impact experience for participants. This includes benefactor and laureate notification.
Work closely with the executive advancement team to identify key donors for strategic, customized engagement opportunities and develop and execute on said strategies.
Partner with executive advancement team to engage unit leaders in development and execution of stewardship strategies. Develop productive internal relationships with key partners, including academic advisors, administrators, faculty and front-line fundraisers.
Work closely with unit marketing and communications staff to create and deliver timely and compelling annual impact reports.
Broad based Stewardship and Events
Work closely with Assistant Director of Scholarship Relations to create and manage comprehensive communications and events calendar in collaboration with unit advancement and marketing and communications staff.
Regularly assess and prioritize activities and initiatives for alignment with unit funding priorities and efficient use of resources. Make recommendations for resource allocation.
Supervise Assistant Director of Scholarship Relations to develop streamlined process, DIY stewardship toolkits and strategic event checklists to help units manage their individual stewardship needs. Work with Assistant Director to authentically engage student recipients of philanthropic support.
Serve as a collaborative campus partner in the strategic stewardship of important donors who may be managed outside of ASA. Key partners may include Principal Giving, Regional Giving, and Planned Giving, as well as unit partners in schools and colleges.
With support from Assistant Director of Scholarship Relations, oversee the development, production and successful execution of signature events, which include but are not limited to, EOP Celebration,, Costco Breakfast and related activities. Work closely with unit staff on execution and follow up.
Motivate donor attendance of events and prepare briefing materials associated with event management/fundraising efforts.
Prepare endowment, funding and income reports that demonstrate accountability, including analysis of stewardship, event and communication activity, and outcomes.
Provide staff support for development related activities as needed.
Attend campus-wide stewardship network meetings, providing input and relaying pertinent information from central stewardship staff back to unit. Represent ASA at University, community and professional functions, as appropriate.
As part of the University-wide development planning process, assist the Assistant Vice Provost in the annual establishment of goals, objectives and strategies for development and advancement activities. Regularly evaluate programs, assess progress toward goals, and report on results to the Assistant Vice Provost with recommendations for improvements.
Provide overall project management for new stewardship initiatives.
Participate in the University’s prospect management and tracking system.
Other duties as assigned and necessary.
Core Effective communications: Expresses oneself clearly and empathetically in interactions with others in all forms of communication, i.e., verbal and written, one-on-one and group, etc. Interpersonal Awareness: Builds and maintains positive relationships and actively contributes as a member of working teams to achieve results. Professional Credibility: Takes responsibility for meeting goals, objectives, obligations, and solving problems while representing the mission, vision and values of the organization. Critical Thinking: Obtains, analyzes and evaluates information effectively in the face of ambiguity. Makes appropriate decisions based on relevant information and experience. Ethics and Trust: Models and upholds the values of candor, openness, inclusiveness and honesty despite internal and external pressures. Acts consistently with Washington State ethical guidelines and organizational core values and beliefs. Valuing Diversity & Inclusiveness: Respects, values and contributes to the UW’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity.
Management People Builder: Committed to developing others to become leaders. Driving Results: Effectively communicates objectives and guides direct reports and team members to make decisions and achieve goals. Organizational Planning: Develops and manages comprehensive team goals and measures team progress while balancing short-term and long-term priorities that are consistent with the organization’s mission, priorities and goals. Managing Conflict: Recognizes and addresses conflicts and disagreements in a safe and respectful environment, manages conflicts collaboratively, and builds consensus with the best interests of the organization in mind.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible experience, preferably in fundraising, communications, strategic marketing, donor relations or a comparable role with transferable skills including project management, writing, and/or data analysis.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Demonstrated experience building partnerships across complex organizations and a commitment to student focused fundraising initiatives.
Demonstrated experience with corporate relations and sponsorships.
Demonstrated experience managing events (large and small scale).
Proficiency with standard office software such as: Microsoft Office Suite (Microsoft Word,
Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint), and internet browsers. Willingness and ability to learn how to use the ADVANCE database and reporting systems, Beneportal, Marketo, future CRMs, and other proprietary software products.
Demonstrated ability to accurately query, report and analyze complex data sets.
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and projects in a fast paced environment.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all requirements.
Commitment to the mission of higher education and the importance of access.
Strong systems-thinker who can manage a large volume of work.
An understanding of and commitment to diversity as a key to long-term health of public universities.
Strong writing skills and experience producing compelling impact reports.
Knowledge of affinity-base fundraising models and practices.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Ability to work evening and weekend hours, as necessary, on short or limited notice.
Must have regular and reliable transportation for local travel and willing to travel when necessary.
Frequent local travel expected.
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