Assistant Director of Stewardship

Staff Boston, Massachusetts


Summary of Position 

Serving as a member of the Stewardship team managing stewardship initiatives for the university’s most significant donors, including endowment donors, scholarship donors, donors to capital projects, and other stewardship responsibilities as assigned. The Assistant Director of Stewardship communicates directly with donors to build a culture of gratitude and ensures that donors are appreciated, informed and engaged. Duties include but are not limited to:

Management of donor-directed fund information:  The  Assistant Director of Stewardship leads the tracking of all gift agreements and stewardship addenda as gifts are received from donors, and marshals data from a variety of sources (donor gift information, scholarship awards, financial data on endowed funds, campus units benefiting from gifts) to ensure that accurate reporting to donors can take place.  The Assistant Director of Stewardship performs ongoing review and updating of information to ensure accurate and effective communications with donors.  The Assistant Director of Stewardship assists with the preparation of reports and mailings to donors which demonstrate gratitude and communicate the impact of their investment in the university.   

Notification of Honorific and Memorial Gifts:  When Suffolk University receives gifts in honor of members of its community, the Assistant Director of Stewardship notifies the honoree of such gifts.  When gifts are made in memory of deceased members of the community, the Assistant Director of Stewardship notifies the next-of-kin of these gifts.  This program requires the ability to pull and analyze gift data; coordination with Gift Management to ensure accuracy of financial reporting; effective writing and interpersonal skills; great attention to detail. 

Stewardship and Donor Relations Events: The Assistant Director of Stewardship works closely with the Advancement team to engage donors through strategic events.  This includes working with the University’s leadership boards to implement stewardship activities and ensuring that we are creating a culture of gratitude by consistently thanking our donors. 

New Initiatives and Other Duties as Assigned: Contribute to or manage other stewardship and donor relations initiatives on an as-needed basis. These projects include donor recognition plaques, impact of gift reports, facility reports, ThankView videos and other communications pieces.


·     Bachelor’s degree required.

·     1-3 years’ work, graduate studies, or applicable volunteer experience required.

·     Proficiency in MS Office computer software applications, particularly Excel.  Familiarity with fundraising databases.

·     Event management knowledge a plus.

The qualified candidate will possess excellent writing skills, analytical ability, be well-organized, able to handle multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously and consistently meets all deadlines. Ability to initiate and complete projects and provide donor support with little supervision, exercising good judgment. A strong desire to contribute to and participate in the mission of the Office of Advancement.