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Donor Relations Officer

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Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Donor Relations Officer
Department Donor Engagement
Position Number 1012228
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Position Purpose

Writes gift proposals; researches gift opportunities; proposes and implements communication and engagement strategies; stewards donor gifts. Efforts focused on individual prospects who are considered capable of making gifts of $250,000+ over five years. Complements the external, face-to-face donor responsibilities of fundraisers.

Skills & Knowledge
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Strong communicator (both verbally and in writing).
  • High tolerance for ambiguity and changing priorities.
  • Ability to successfully manage a high-volume workload and competing priorities.
  • A creative and entrepreneurial spirit and strong negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrates an ability to work with and to gain the respect of College officers, Development colleagues, faculty, and high-level prospect donors.
  • Demonstrates a collaborative approach.
  • Strong attention to detail and able to function independently with minimal oversight.
  • Experience with design software, communications, marketing, and/or social/new media desirable .
  • Ability to apply the guiding principles of Development.
  • Strong commitment to a diverse working environment and to serving the needs of a large and diverse community.
Minimum Experience
  • 3-4 years of experience in fund-raising or a related field (e.g. marketing, communications, research).
  • Demonstrated writing experience.
  • Experience in a complex organization desirable
Minimum Education
  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
SEIU Level Not an SEIU Position
FLSA Exempt
Employment Category Regular Full Time
Department Contact for Cover Letter Lesa Knapp, Director of Business Operations
Equal Opportunity Employer

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Key Accountabilities

Key Accountabilities

Donor Engagement and Gift Development

  • Prepares prospect briefings, customizes communications, and drafts correspondence for field staff and senior officers of the College, including the President, SVP for Advancement, VP for Development, VP for Presidential Initiatives and Principal Gifts, Deans, Trustees, and other key stakeholders.
  • Manages gifts through the process of creation, approval, and documentation. Drafts gift agreements and submits them to the Endowment Office or other offices for review and approval.
  • Plans itineraries of strategic meetings and activities for prospects visiting campus. Coordinates donor/scholar meetings. Drafts remarks, bios, and provides other support for events.
  • Assists in the development of comprehensive giving plans, including unrestricted, restricted, and planned gift components.
  • Assists in the creation and design of messaging and communication vehicles targeted to individuals and/or specific audiences, in both print and digital formats.

Planning and Administration

  • Proactively explores opportunities to advance donors’ interests in the institution and its priorities.
  • Proposes strategies for gift ideas and cultivation.
  • Develops and implements cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for individuals.
  • Explores options and develops proposals to respond to donors’ inquiries for proposed gifts that are not targeted to an approved institutional priority.

Collaboration/Coordination

  • Tracks stewardship activities of key donors and ensures that written reports are sent regularly.
  • Coordinates and ensures appropriate and timely stewardship of gifts. Assists field officers in coordination of donor activity throughout Development, including Presidential Initiatives and Principal Gifts, Leadership Giving, Gift Planning, the Dartmouth College Fund, and three professional schools (Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and Tuck School of Business) to develop coordinated requests and to exchange information on projects.
  • Works as an integral part of a team of development professionals with regional responsibilities throughout the United States.
  • Contributes to donor-centric, team-based structures through interactions with Development Research, Department of Recognition & Stewardship, Advancement Communications, and other offices in Development and the College to support relationship development, prospect management, and communication.
-- Performs other duties as assigned.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Writing Portfolio
Optional Documents
  1. Additional Document #1
  2. Additional Document #2

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