Assistant Director of Annual Giving & Stewardship, Baker School

Posted on 11/07/2023

University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc.

Knoxville, TN

The Howard H. Baker Jr. School of Public Policy and Public Affairs (HBS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville seeks applications and nominations for a full-time Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Stewardship. Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Stewardship leads HBS annual giving initiatives, such as managing the stewardship activities for the College, and assists with the coordination of alumni and donor events. The Assistant Director must function independently and be self- directed to manage responsibilities efficiently, exercise good judgement, organized with the ability to manage multiple tasks at one time, and analyze and respond to complex situations and tasks. This position is one of responsibility and trust, with high standards of integrity and professionalism. The individual selected for this role must have the ability to remain confidential and exercise discretion as it carries out the daily responsibilities and tasks required to become successful. This includes, but not limited to:

  • Annual Giving – manage a portfolio of annual and mid-level donor prospects, complete a determined number of donor visits and contacts (in-person, phone, email & Zoom) per year to meet outreach and dollar goals, and building/strengthening relationships resulting in progressively increased engagement and giving levels.
  • Stewardship – Primary touch point for activities such as endowment reports, scholarship recipient/donor lunches, and use of fund reports. This role is also responsible for preparing and implementing individualized stewardship plans for high level donors.
  • Event Coordination – Provides support for events on behalf of the Baker School, including alumni events, School and Advisory board meetings, special receptions, luncheon meetings, etc., including planning and management for college-wide alumni events, event logistics and administrative support.

Who We Are!

At the Baker School, our mission is to educate skilled problem solvers and prepare them to take public leadership roles and help our country solve the biggest challenges of our time. We are the first and only institution of our kind in the State of Tennessee. Our faculty conduct research and work with policymakers to resolve major public policy challenges, and our students have opportunities inside and outside the classroom to build their problem- solving skills, so they are ready to build meaningful careers in public service. As part of their Baker School experience, our undergraduate and graduate students are rooted in the legacy of Howard H. Baker Jr.

The Foundation is an interdependent nonprofit corporation that enriches the lives of the students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the University of Tennessee through alumni engagement, financial stewardship and private investments. While our advancement team aspires to be a key driver in UT’s vision of being a top public research university and producing at the level of a top SEC fundraising program, UTFI supports them by providing a unique benefits package that includes:

  • Eligible for up to 24+ paid days off per years and 12 paid days off for holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Employee discounts such as Orlando theme parks and Biltmore
  • Hybrid work schedule opportunity after successfully completing introductory period • Full comprehensive benefits & retirement package, plus more!

Knoxville sits at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains. With a variety of outdoor activities, parks and recreation, Knoxville provides a top notch outdoors recreational experience to nature lovers. Arts, music, events, and annual festivals add to the breadth and depth of the list of things to do in our region. There are various opportunities to connect and find community for all identities and interests within the surrounding area and on campus.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s with a minimum of three years or Master’s degree with a minimum of one year of experience in university advancement, alumni affairs, event coordination, nonprofit, or sales team with donor/customer service experience or related fields.
  • A valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record is required due to travel responsibilities of the position. UT Foundation reserves the right to consider all appropriate circumstances. In general, any significant driving offense less than 12 months old will eliminate the application from consideration for the position.
  • Exceptionally strong oral and written communications skills, including editing and writing experience across long- and short-form pieces.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals within the School and University as well as individuals in public agencies and organizations.
  • Ability to carry out complex oral and written instructions and be able to work independently, with guidelines set by the Director of Development and Dean with minimal supervision as well as proficiency in MS Office suite applications, WordPress, etc.
  • Exceptional project management skills to direct and guide faculty, staff, and guests in a fast-paced environment with simultaneous complex projects and multiple deadlines to deliver excellence on time

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise in multiple specialty communications areas (design, writing, strategy, etc.).
  • Experience in alumni affairs, donor relations, or event coordination at an institution of higher education, government agency, or company.
  • Knowledge about politics/government/public policy and related areas of American civics.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The ideal candidate will be highly supportive of and committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. To build a diverse workforce The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women. EEO/AA employer.

In order to be considered for candidacy, please include a cover letter and resume in addition to completing the on-line profile. Applicants should complete the on-line profile in entirety to demonstrate the minimal education and experience required for this position. Incomplete profile information as it relates to the requirements listed will eliminate candidacy for this opportunity. Use keyword 220000029O to apply to this position from the link below.

The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. 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. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the University of Tennessee Foundation’s legal duty to furnish information.

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