The Lovett School
Director of Donor Relations
Reports to: Chief Advancement Officer
Position Summary: The Director of Donor Relations leads the School’s comprehensive stewardship program and manages the donor relations team. Currently, Lovett has almost 1,000 donors to the True Blue Annual Fund, over 150 named endowed funds, many major gifts and over 350 planned gifts. The Director of Donor Relations is responsible for stewarding all of these in order to continue the pipeline of satisfied donors to Lovett.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Hires, supervises, mentors, and evaluates the Donor Relations Manager.
- Oversees strategy for Advancement’s programmatic stewardship of major and planned donors including;
- Major donor events
- Drafting and maintaining endowment agreements
- Annual impact reports for donor endowments
- Annual financial reporting of endowments
- In partnership with the Director of Major and Planned Giving:
- Supports portfolio managers in devising and delivering personalized stewardship to their managed prospects and donors; and
- Devises and orchestrates collateral, programs, and events to steward major and planned donors;
- In partnership with the Director of Annual Giving, devises and manages stewardship for leadership annual giving donors;
- In partnership with the Donor Relations Manager, execute stewardship events throughout the year.
Position Requirements (knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform satisfactorily in the position):
- Proven ability to set strategy, manage multiple priorities, and meet deadlines
- Be a visible member of the Advancement Office with external constituents and donors
- Strong management, analytical and organizational skills
- Strong attention to detail and follow through required
- Expert knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge strongly preferred
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and at least 4 to 6 years of progressive experience in the field of development
- At various times throughout the year, the employee is required to work outside of regular business hours for various job-related functions. The employee will receive as much advance notification as possible for these events and is required to attend them as part of their essential duties
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.