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Director of Stewardship and Annual Giving

Company: University of St. Thomas

Location: Houston, TX

Posted: February 8, 2018

About The University of St. Thomas
The University of St. Thomas (UST) is the Catholic university in Houston, Texas. UST welcomes undergraduate and graduate students of all races and religions. Located in a diverse and vibrant urban environment with professional opportunities, the campus is just minutes from downtown and the famed Texas Medical Center where many students perform prestigious internships.

UST is committed to the Catholic intellectual tradition and the dialogue between faith and reason. By pursuing excellence in teaching, scholarship and service, the core values of UST’s founders, the Basilian Fathers: goodness, discipline and knowledge are embodied and instilled in the students. UST fosters engagement in a diverse, collaborative community. As a comprehensive university grounded in the liberal arts, UST educates students to think critically, communicate effectively, succeed professionally and lead ethically.

Position Summary
Reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement (VPIA), the Director of Stewardship and Annual Giving is an integral part of the University’s advancement program and is responsible for fostering lasting relationships between the university and its benefactors, promoting positive attitudes toward giving among current and prospective annual, major and planned gift donors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

      • Oversee and manage the stewardship of named funds
      • Review fund frameworks and gift agreements
      • Oversee and manage donor reports for endowed and specified current funds including professorships, faculty development funds, scholarships, student research funds, etc.
      • Provide project-based support and reporting to upper management
      • Look for opportunities to connect and engage donors and fund recipients as much as possible. Create and/or identify programs and events to ensure donors that the Colleges, schools, units and centers are attuned with their interests and concerns
      • Direct the production of all presidential acknowledgments; work with other staff to assist in the preparation of other donor acknowledgments such as those written by the Vice President
      • Review and modify, as necessary, the acknowledgment process to ensure donors are thanked in a personal, timely and appropriate manner
      • Develop acknowledgement strategy for donors of various levels and engagement
      • Lead efforts to plan and implement all major donor recognition events such as capital project dedications and ceremonies, events for specific groups of donors such as luncheons and dinners, building dedications and giving societies
      • Develop the direct mail, social media and phone-a-thon Annual Giving strategy and coordinate solicitations with vendor
      • Collaborate with development and advancement communications team to ensure comprehensive and cohesive messaging
      • Maintains accurate records of all activities in PeopleSoft; completes timely donor or prospect contact reports
      • Participates in strategic planning, working with volunteer and advisory councils as directed;
      • Coordinate with other development staff to provide input for fundraising proposals, annual stewardship reports, events, annual fund letters, alumni relations events and donor acknowledgement letters
      • Work with Research and Development Officers to develop creative and personalized stewardship and cultivation plans for top 100 donors. Meet regularly with Development and Research on progress of the stewardship and cultivation plans

Qualifications and Requirements

      • BA required, with a major in English, Communications, or a related field preferred
      • Four or more years of successful experience in stewardship, development, alumni relations, annual giving and/or donor relations activities
      • Demonstrated strong written and oral skills
      • Proven ability to work effectively with a diverse group of external and internal constituents
      • Demonstrated skills and commitment to quality, timeliness, efficiency and effectiveness
      • Demonstrated strong organization skills with attention to detail
      • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work with the Institutional Advancement team and fundraising colleagues in a team-oriented environment
      • Self-motivated
      • Creative thinker with passion and high energy for the mission of UST


      • Creativity, energy, and ambition who can lead a program and manage projects
      • Membership and/or previous involvement with the Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP)
      • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products and experience with computer databases and tools

Professional fast paced, dynamic office environment, committed to donor centered development.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of work performed by individuals in this job classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and qualifications required of individuals in this job classification. All job classifications may have miscellaneous job duties assigned on an as needed basis. Management, at the appropriate level, retains the right to assign and change the duties of any position at any time.

How to Apply
This is a full-time, year round, benefit-eligible position. To apply, please send a resume, a cover letter and salary requirements to the email below. Please note incomplete applications will not be considered.
Human Resources – Ref: 1118
University of St. Thomas
Houston, TX 77006

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer