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Director of Stewardship

Colorado State University
Job Location:
Fort Collins, Colorado
Development and Fundraising
Position Location
Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position: No

Posting Number: 202100518AP

Position Type: Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title
Management I

Number of Vacancies: 1

Work Hours/Week: 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range
$90,000 - $105,000

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU's Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas.

Desired Start Date

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on

Description of Work Unit

Colorado State University

University Advancement

Director of Stewardship

The unit of University Advancement Engagement at Colorado State University is seeking a Director of Stewardship.

Who We Are

Located in the beautiful town of Fort Collins, Colorado, CSU is a premier land-grant university with world-class programs in education, outreach, and research. CSU has a student body of over 34,000 students, 7,400 employees, 232,000 living alumni, and annual research expenditures exceeding $350 million. Guided by the five supporting Principles of Community: Inclusion, Integrity, Respect, Service, and Social Justice, the University constantly pursues its mission and vision of access, research, teaching, service, and engagement.

Within CSU, the Division of University Advancement is integral to achieving and sustaining the University's institutional excellence through fundraising and engagement efforts. Our purpose is to connect our alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations to raise the financial support necessary to advance the University's mission and vision. With one of the leading development teams in the country, the Division most recently reached its $1 billion fundraising campaign goal 19 months ahead of schedule.

University Advancement Engagement designs and delivers the donor experience at CSU. As the central team with responsibility for donor relations, stewardship, events, and marketing/communications, we provide comprehensive, strategic engagement opportunities that increase Ram Pride, strengthen donor and alumni connections to the University, and inspire philanthropy at CSU. Grounded in the mission and core values of University Advancement, UA Engagement incorporates the principles of excellence, purpose, gratitude, collaboration, and innovation into every aspect of our work.

Position Summary

We are seeking an experienced donor relations professional, with a background in and affinity for gift/fund stewardship to lead the team in providing centralized stewardship services to CSU's donors, in partnership with the college/unit/central development teams. The Director will serve as a key conduit of information and collaboration to ensure that donor-based scholarships and CSU Foundation funds are utilized according to the wishes of the donors which enhances the donors' trust, confidence and affinity for CSU. The Director will lead the stewardship team, assuring that all gifts to CSU are acknowledged in a timely manner and that donors receive thoughtful, timely reporting on the impact of their gifts.

This position will infuse diversity, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of their work in order to contribute to ensuring donors of all backgrounds feel represented and included.

This position reports to the Managing Director of Donor Relations and Presidential Engagement, within the University Advancement Engagement team.

Required Job Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university by employment start date
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in development, stewardship, donor relations in higher education or other non-profit setting OR equivalent experience in a complex nonprofit organization
  • Demonstrates active engagement and support of diverse individuals, opinions and perspectives, and actively engages with and supports the universities' mission, vision and values
  • Ability to travel in and out of state and work non-standard hours, including early mornings, evenings and weekends
  • Must have a valid driver's license, the ability to obtain a driver's license, or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Proven written, verbal and interpersonal communication with the ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of university / external constituents
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills for determining information needs, creating workflow processes and timelines, and the development of reports that provide comprehensive endowment fund information
  • Proven ability to successfully develop and implement plans, to think collaboratively, strategically, and creatively
  • Proven ability to analyze and prepare data, develop and deliver presentations, and stewardship reports
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and build relationships and connect donor/client interests with opportunities in a complex organization
  • Ability to problem solve and adapt to rapidly changing situations and successfully manage multiple complex projects from start to finish
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and experience working in a CRM or other relational databases such as Advance or Salesforce
Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion

Job Duty Category: Donor Recognition and Stewardship

* Develop a comprehensive stewardship plan, including establishing goals, objectives and strategies that comply with industry best practices, enhance the image of the university, and attract and retain donors.

* Direct and coordinate ongoing donor acknowledgement, gift stewardship, fund compliance and reporting activities.

* Manage production of endowment reports and impact reports for endowments.

* Manage best practices and implement advancements to centralized acknowledgements with colleges and units/campus partners.

* Manage a Roundtable of campus partners to share donor recognition best practices; utilize those sessions to raise the level of donor stewardship at the University.

* Incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion into all strategies as part of UA's commitment to Principled Philanthropy in order to ensure donors of all backgrounds and identities feel represented and valued.

* Ensure that communications and materials represent CSU's entire donor base and are accessible and consumable to all donors, regardless of background and ability.

* Participate in engagement/division meetings as necessary, including engagement/division leadership meetings.

Percentage Of Time: 60%

Job Duty Category: Communication, Program Strategy and Management

* In close collaboration with the Colorado State University Foundation review and monitor the distribution of endowed funds to ensure use is in accordance with donor wishes.

* Manage information tracking processes regarding acknowledgement, recognition, on-going communications and continued cultivation of past and current major donors to enhance their relationship with the University and increase the likelihood of continued contributions.

* Identify and monitor underfunded endowments. Notifying development staff to contact the donor regarding the status of the endowment.

* Establish communications for reporting financial and narrative impact information to donors.

* Analyze donor-giving data for purposes of identifying stewardship best practices.

* Consider how some recognition can be exclusive and helps the team ensure they are finding ways to include donors through different efforts at all levels.

Percentage Of Time: 30%

Job Duty Category: Supervision, Budget Management

* Encourage professional growth and development for staff through participation in continuing education courses, professional organizations, seminars and workshops, reading current literature and maintaining professional contacts in the community.

* Supervise and conduct performance reviews for 2 direct reports; monitor the quality of work, motivate, support, and ensure accuracy of project responsibilities.

* Ensures an inclusive team environment where all employees feel valued, their ideas welcomed, and their contributions affirmed; contributes to the overall UA division culture and goals of inclusivity.

* Consistently works toward elevated cultural competency and inclusive leadership/supervisory tactics.

* Collaborate with the Managing Director and manage an annual operating budget of $25K+ and ensure prudent management in alignment with State of Colorado procurement policies and guidelines.

Percentage Of Time: 10

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, all materials must be received by 11:59 pm (MT) on June 6, 2021. Applications will be reviewed immediately within two weeks of the full consideration date and all applicants will be notified of their status in the search.

A $7,500 moving allowance may be negotiated at the time of hire.

Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter that demonstrates any and all of the required and preferred qualifications that they meet 2) a resume, and 3) three professional references noting name, phone number, email address, and professional relationship (one must be a current or former supervisor). References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

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Questions regarding the position or anything else related to careers with UA may be directed to Annika Yappert, Recruiting & Talent Acquisition Specialist, at

Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver's License, Travel

Search Contact
Annika Yappert, Recruiting & Talent Acquisition Specialist,

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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