Stewardship Officer I

Posted on 07/05/2024

Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

Washington University seeks an advancement professional for the position of Stewardship Officer I. University Advancement strives to advance the mission of the school by creating a culture of philanthropy among alumni, students, faculty, and friends.

This role involves managing donor recognition activities, reporting on gift impact, and fostering strong relationships between the organization and its supporters. The Advancement Stewardship Officer 1 plays a key role in enhancing donor satisfaction and fostering long-term donor engagement.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Scholarship Matching and Student Profiles

  • Facilitate MGO, donor, and student interactions (individual and event-based).
  • Develop student profiles.
  • Develop donor profiles.
  • Support By Name and By Story type events.
  • Assist school with ARCH-related data needs.
  • Identify students to feature for speaking engagements, videos, compelling stories, etc.
  • Work with Donor Relations team on centralized matching.

Bespoke Stewardship Projects

  • Maintain knowledge of professorships for the school and provide information for installations & lectures.
  • Support stewardship programming.
  • Provide targeted donor messaging and special reports.
  • Support memorials and other special events.

Acknowledgments (School and Dean)

  • Maintain high-level acknowledgment work (e.g., Handwritten notes from the dean/ program leader).
  • Support Dean’s office information needs (ARCH data pulls).

Impact reports

  • Develop high-level impact reports.
  • Develop support materials and collate information for the donor relations team.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree.
  • One year of fundraising experience with a track record of successful solicitations or related experience.
  • Project leadership skills, with value placed on organizational loyalty, commitment, pride, integrity, mutual respect, and collegial openness.
  • Development experience in a complex university environment.
  • Honesty, integrity, and enthusiasm.
  • Ability to think strategically and analytically, and then implement effectively.
  • Demonstrated commitment to maintaining donor confidentiality and building trust with donors.
  • Deep appreciation for and the ability to articulate the mission and aspirations of the Washington University.
  • Desire to play a meaningful role in the University community and to share in its commitment to research and education.
  • Capacity to listen carefully, learn quickly, and work effectively.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships. 
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Comfort working in an environment that emphasizes measurable fundraising goals.
  • Ability to work with collaboratively with diverse constituencies within a complex organization.
  • Strong work ethic with the capacity to work independently supported by commitment and follow through.
  • Creative problem solving and project management skills.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two years of related experience.

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