Director of Stewardship Programs - Bentley University in Waltham Massachusetts

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Bentley University

Waltham, Massachusetts 02452

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Posting Number: FY14131476
Position Department: Advancement Relations

Description of Duties
Reporting to the Executive Director of Advancement Relations, the Director of Stewardship Programs is responsible for planning, establishing and managing a suite of donor recognition and stewardship programs and policies for the university's major benefactors. The Director is accountable for the program's success and the adherence of policies on the part of university stakeholders. This position is vital to the university's development program and will serve a primary role in retaining and engaging our existing and growing donor base.

Additional Description of Duties: The incumbent will create, implement and manage a comprehensive university-wide gift acknowledgment, stewardship, and reporting program for all gifts made to the university, including named endowment funds, other named gift opportunities and initiatives, and new and renovated facilities.

In addition, the successful candidate will foster lasting relationships between Bentley and its benefactors, promoting positive attitudes toward giving among current and prospective donors, with priority attention to major and leadership gift donors (i.e. newly endowed gifts of $100,000 or greater).

In conjunction with the University's Controller and Office of Financial Assistance, the Director will develop and implement endowed fund establishment guidelines and ensure adherence to established guidelines with university stakeholders.

The Director will also:

Work with Leadership Gift Officers to develop and execute creative and personalized cultivation and stewardship plans for top donors in attainment of fundraising objectives.

Manage the production of endowment reports, which includes creating profiles for each donor and developing and executing strategies for appropriate recognition for leadership gifts.

Work with Advancement Services and Advancement Communications, to plan, design and oversee gift acknowledgement processes to ensure that each gift to the university is recorded and acknowledged in a timely and appropriate fashion, and in a way that maximizes the retention of each donor.

Oversee donor and stewardship reporting efforts including: managing the stewardship of funds; coordinating the development and administration of gift agreements, ensuring that new funds are appropriately documented in the Millennium database and can be administered by the University; overseeing the production of reports for endowed and specified current funds; providing oversight to ensure that restricted funds are being used in accordance to donor wishes.

Participate in the University's prospect management and campaign planning activities to ensure that best practices stewardship processes are implemented for the university's most significant donors.

Coordinate various Presidential travel engagements and events involving donors. Plan and execute donor recognition events for major prospects and donors.

Position Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 7-10 years of experience, preferably in higher education (or a comparably complex organization), in development, stewardship, advancement, or related field. Demonstrated previous experience interacting with high-level donors and developing comprehensive, strategic stewardship programs. Proven skills and ability to manage multi-phase projects from inception to completion, including the ability to build consensus among team members and balance multiple concurrent priorities. This position calls for superior communication and interpersonal skills, as well as creativity, political astuteness, and tact.

Software Knowledge: Proficiency with Microsoft Office products and experience with computer databases and tools (Millennium preferred).

License(s) Required for the Position: Must hold and maintain a valid, unrestricted United States driver's license, with an insurable driving history as determined by Bentley's insurance carrier.

Bentley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, building strength through diversity.

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume