Skidmore College is seeking talented professionals to join its Advancement Division to help complete Creating Our Future: The Campaign for Skidmore and be part of efforts to substantially increase philanthropic support for the College's mission. Please consider joining a team of 60 experienced staff who exemplify dedication, excellence, creativity, and enthusiasm.
The Director of Donor Relations is responsible for building and leading a best-in-class Donor Relations program, providing strategic direction on all aspects of donor relations including engagement, reporting, recognition, and stewardship planning. The Director is responsible for the ongoing stewardship and cultivation of major and principal gift donors to Skidmore College, specifically developing long-term strategies and programs that appropriately recognize and thank donors for their support of current and endowed funds. The Director of Donor Relations collaborates with senior level leadership from Advancement, front-line fundraisers, as well as senior leaders across campus to provide comprehensive stewardship programs. The Director of Donor Relations is responsible for establishing best practices, systems, and procedures for donor relations, and is instrumental in strategizing donor engagement efforts for donors giving at various levels. The Director assists front line fundraisers in using research information to develop strategies for building relationships with donors. The Donor Relations program manages donor- and prospect-related events for Advancement. The Director oversees a team of three staff, including two Associate Directors and an Administrative Assistant.
6+ years of relevant donor relations experience or advancement experience. Bachelor’s Degree required.
Proven expertise as a donor relations professional; ability to condense complicated issues to simple summaries that can be easily understood; strong interpersonal and writing skills; recruitment and development of staff; project management and organizational skills; judgement and ability to make decisions; ability to build consensus and handle sensitive matters with tact and discretion; budget management; flexibility and adaptable to new programs in an emerging and changing environment; computer and database skills.
Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.
Internal Number: 2557
About Skidmore College
Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates; approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 47 states and 46 countries.In the universe of selective, private liberal arts colleges, Skidmore's distinctiveness is expressed in the statement that "Creative Thought Matters". This idea reflects not only the historical strength of the College's programs in the fine and performing arts but also the understanding that creativity is required for achievement in any area of human endeavor.The city of Saratoga Springs is widely recognized as one of America's great communities. It is located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, within a three-to-four-hour drive from New York City, Boston or Montreal. Travel & Leisure calls Saratoga Springs one of "America's Greatest Main Streets" as well as "one of the best college towns in the nation," Money Magazine says it's one of the nation's top 100... places to live, and Princeton Review describes it as a "perfect college town." It's a community rich in history and tradition. Famed mineral waters, a Revolutionary War battlefield, and the nation's oldest thoroughbred racetrack represent portions of that history. Also, it's a community of arts and culture. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is the summer home to the New York City Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, and a performing venue for top rock and jazz musicians.The Skidmore College community awaits your arrival, so if you welcome challenges and are interested in making a difference, come join us!