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Assistant Director of Strategic Donor Relations and Stewardship

Office of Alumni & Development

Assistant Director of Strategic Donor Relations and Stewardship

  • 529989
  • Morningside
  • Office of Alumni & Development
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Oct 3 2022
  • Grade 11
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range:

Position Summary

Reporting to the Associate Director, the Assistant Director will play a vital role in building, implementing, and managing University-wide stewardship programs that recognize, inform and engage donors through strategic communications, reporting and outreach activities.  The Assistant Director will work independently, under the direction of the Associate Director, to provide high-level project management, as well as analytical and technical expertise to support and advance the goals of the Office of Strategic Donor Relations and Stewardship and Office of Alumni and Development.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Coordinate University-wide financial reporting to endowment and Columbia Donor-Advised Fund donors. This includes preparing financial reports, drafting associated communications, and managing report distribution. Incumbent will partner closely with school-based stewardship colleagues to ensure appropriate donors from across the University receive financial stewardship as appropriate. 
  • Manage stewardship data infrastructures to ensure that donors are properly tracked in the central database. This includes identifying and coding new Benefactor Society members and endowment financial report recipients; performing data analyses; conducting data audits; generating mailing lists; and recommending strategies to enhance processes, increase efficiency, and solve data gaps.
  • Develop, drive, and execute programming for Columbia’s Benefactor Society, honoring lifetime donors of at least $1 million. This includes identifying and welcoming new members, planning and executing Presidential communications and special events, coordinating and executing mailings, educating colleagues, and undertaking special projects as assigned. Incumbent will also provide strategic direction for initiatives in partnership with various offices within the Office of Alumni and Development to connect with this group in new and exciting ways.
  • Oversee University-wide public donor recognition initiatives, including developing and implementing long-term strategies for optimal recognition formats (physical, digital, etc.) relative to donor constituents.
  • Serve as a University leader and resource for best practices in recognition and naming standards, processes, and procedures for school-based development and stewardship colleagues across Columbia’s schools, departments, and programs.     
  • Work closely with the Associate Director to support growing stewardship needs for the University’s most generous donors to ensure they are engaged and informed of the impact of their gifts including management and execution of stewardship events, writing and production of ad hoc personalized impact reports, creation of specialized financial reports, and the production of bespoke gifts.
  • Assist Associate Director with other duties related to fostering the strategic direction of University-wide stewardship. Work to support and advance overarching goals of the Office of Strategic Donor Relations and Stewardship and Office of Alumni and Development.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with at least four years of related or transferable experience. Candidate must be flexible and willing to take on new responsibilities within a growing program. Competencies should include a firm understanding of donor relations practices; demonstrated project management skills; excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills; robust data management skills with particular strength in Excel; overall proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and experience with donor databases; and demonstrated ability to multi-task while maintaining accuracy and independently establishing priorities. Candidate must have excellent attention to detail, creativity, good intuition, discretion, and strong interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of Advance and Salesforce databases.

Other Requirements

Subject to business needs, the Office of Alumni and Development supports a hybrid work arrangement for this position. Options will be discussed during the interview process.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

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