Assistant Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations

Staff Exempt Boston, Massachusetts


The Assistant Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations works with the Sr. Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations to develop and implement a comprehensive stewardship and donor relations program that maintains consistent engagement with donors through a variety of events, communications, and personal outreach. Reporting to the Sr. Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations, the Assistant Director works closely with colleagues across the Advancement function to cultivate and build donor relationships and express the University’s gratitude to donors, ensuring that they are appreciated, informed, and engaged. This position plays a key role in leading a stewardship program that successfully communicates to donors at all levels the transformational impact of their support, including assisting with personalized stewardship initiatives for principal and major gift donors. This position serves as project manager for stewardship activities including reports, publications, and a variety of correspondence andvideo engagement. This position also leads or assists with diverse alumni and donor engagement events and other institutional events, from major donor recognition events and naming dedications to small gatherings with University and Advancement leadership to Commencement and Reunion activities.

Works directly with frontline fundraisers to implement stewardship programs for donors and prospects associated with principal gifts ($1M and above) and major gifts ($50k and above)

  • Works with colleagues including the Sr. Director of Advancement Communications to manage the development and creation of donor impact reports, major gift presentations and reports, and other print materials related to donor recognition
  • Crafts personalized Thankview videos for major and principal gift donors
  • Assists in the planning and implementation of a variety of special stewardship and donor recognition events
  • Communicates with donors and builds relationships in support of their stewardship and special initiatives
  • In conjunction with other Advancement colleagues, assists with the student scholarship recipient thank you program and  annual scholarship fund reporting to all donors with endowed and term funds
  • Coordinates other stewardship initiatives as identified such as donor photo albums and framed photos and memorabilia, and a wide range of donor recognition gifts for principal and major gift donors in particular
  • Assists with the process related to donor gift acknowledgement letters and related research and communications as required, particularly at the Summa level of $1K+
  • Assists in developing donor relations strategy for Suffolk University
  • Utilizes the Advancement Department’s CRM, Raiser’s Edge, to maintain information regarding documentation of stewardship activity and donor relationships
  • Identifies ways to continually enhance the Stewardship and Donor Relations program strategies relating to stewardship of principal and major gift donors
  • Assists with other stewardship and donor relations initiatives as identified, including the 1906 Donor Loyalty Program and the Summa Society leadership giving program , supporting Advancement colleagues with related alumni and donor engagement programming.


Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required
  • 2-3 years of progressive experience in a development or nonprofit setting
  • Experience managing special events 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills being
  • Proven project management, communication, and relationship building experience
  • Ability to work independently or in a group setting, interacting with people at all levels of the University and with a variety of campus partners
  • Ability to respond quickly to changing y needs and priorities
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment 

Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment. As an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, the University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in candidates who, through their training, service and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.