The Assistant/Associate Director of Stewardship Programs is responsible for providing guidance for the organization’s central acknowledgement process, annual fund activity reporting, and building stewardship strategies to various targeted audiences. This position also develops and maintains efficient and effective systems/processes for tracking and managing donor relations projects and activities.
Based on qualifications and experience, a selected candidate may hold one of these job titles: Assistant Director of Stewardship Programs or Associate Director of Stewardship Programs.
Manage the named faculty reporting process by working closely with communications coordinator to collect content from faculty members, edit reports, and collaborate with design team in layout.
Oversee the scholarship stewardship program, working with members of the communications team to complete bios, organize photography, assist in the editing of profiles, and serve as the lead resource for identifying students for other communication/event needs.
Create and edit target audience appropriate content for use across multiple digital channels.
In collaboration with donor relations writer and collegiate units, develop and implement strategy for stewarding and cultivating donors of capital projects.
Develop and monitor evaluation mechanisms for measuring success and adjust strategies accordingly.
Work closely with writers, creative services, and communications assistant to manage the day-to-day operational aspects and progression of stewardship programs.
Oversee the management of the ISU Foundation’s central acknowledgement process to ensure thank you notes are being sent in a timely manner and partner with Foundation and campus colleagues on new creative ways to thank all donors.
Collaborate with key internal and external partners on the production and delivery of annual endowment and expendable fund activity reports.
Prepare giving history reports for development officers or to include in comprehensive impact reports
Education & Work Experience
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in communications, public relations, or marketing.
3-5 years of professional experience, preferably in donor relations. Experience working for or with a non-profit, specifically institutions of higher education preferred.
Desired Skills & Experience
Communications (both written and verbal) and attention to detail is essential.
Must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Strong editing, proofreading skills to ensure meaningful and accurate information is communicated is required.
Ability to analyze data.
Program development and project management experience.
Must handle a number of activities simultaneously with attention and adherence to deadlines and accuracy.
Ability to work in a team setting and navigate working with a variety of personalities.
Confidentiality is required.
Creativity, patience, a sense of humor and a belief in our organizational mission: Aligning donor passion and generosity to advance Iowa State University’s land-grant ideals.
The Iowa State University Foundation is a private non-profit organization dedicated to securing and stewarding private gifts and grants that benefit Iowa State University. Each year, thousands of generous benefactors make gifts to show their support for Iowa State.