Director of Donor Relations - University of La Verne in La Verne California

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University of La Verne

La Verne, California

United States


Detailed Job Description

The University of La Verne is a 124-year old, private independent, comprehensive, doctoral granting institution in Southern California with a strong emphasis on values, teaching excellence, community engagement, and an increasing commitment to research and publication. The University offers high quality, liberal arts and professional degree programs at the undergraduate to doctoral levels comprised of 11 campuses with the main campus located in the City of La Verne, 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Regional campuses range from Vandenberg in the North, to Irvine in the South, and from Oxnard in the West to Victorville in the East.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Advancement Operations and Services, the Director of Donor Relations develops and administers the University’s on-going donor stewardship program in collaboration with the other programs within University Advancement.

Specific Duties

Create, maintain and effectively roll out a comprehensive and strategic donor stewardship program that will encompass an equitable donor gift program; a philanthropic naming policy; and gift agreement acknowledgement/signing activities.

Works with Advancement Services and Development Officers in effectively managing timely and appropriate written acknowledgement of gifts and pledges in accordance with IRS regulations, the Donor Bill of Rights and University policies.

Works with the Offices of Financial Aid, Finance, Admissions and various academic units to oversee the selection of the named scholarship recipients; management of endowed fund reporting and serving as a resource for determining fund purposes, restrictions and use; initiates and facilitates communications with and reports to donors and recipients of named scholarship funds; collaborates with Provost’s office and academic departments to ensure and track periodic reporting to donors of other named endowed funds.

Plans and implements donor recognition events, particularly the annual endowed scholarship reception/luncheon and ad hoc scholarship luncheons for foundations and key donors, as well as facilitating donor campus visits.

Consult with Annual Giving, Planned Giving and Development Officers toward the administration and/or establishment of University-wide giving societies, outlining membership requirements and benefits.

Maintains documentation of fund purposes in central database/files and provides information to departments.

Performs other duties and special projects as assigned by the Vice President of University Advancement or the Senior Director of Advancement Operations and Services.

Minimum Qualifications

A highly motivated self-starter with a Bachelors degree and customer service orientation.

3-5 years in donor relations/Advancement/Fundraising, preferably in Higher Education

3-5 years of experience with demonstrated skills in writing, organization, and attention to detail with strong prior experience composing correspondence and/or copy as well as excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in donor relations, ideally in higher education. Working knowledge of Advancement Database (Banner) is desirable.

Benefits Summary

Benefits of employment include a comprehensive health and welfare plan, tuition remission program for employee, spouse and dependent children and a generous 10% contribution to the University’s 403B retirement plan.


La Verne Central Campus

Special Instructions to Applicants

Open Date 09/04/2015

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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