• Donor Relations Officer

    Posted: 05/17/2020

    Position Summary:

    Join UAF's growing Development and Alumni Relations team! As part of the central UAF Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) team, this position will support UAF Donor Relations and engagement efforts for both Development and Alumni Relations by providing donor communications, research, and data integrity & management. This position is vital in supporting the development team to build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders including alumni, benefactors, students, faculty, staff and the broader community in advancing the university’s overall mission of research, teaching and public service. The donor relations officer must be extremely detail-oriented, able to handle confidential material discretely and responsibly, and interact professionally with a wide spectrum of individuals at various leadership levels. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills are required, as well as the ability to be flexible, take initiative and prioritize responsibilities.

     

     

    Duties:

     

    Data and Reporting for Philanthropy and Engagement Programs : In service of increasing philanthropy to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the donor relations officer will provide guidance to colleagues and leadership on strategies, goals, and activities through data analysis and modeling. Ability to create complex data queries and exports using the institutional donor & alumni database to provide meaningful data for development officers, college/school units and other UAF colleagues. Must be able to navigate and analyze complex data and present data in a clear and concise manner. Must have the ability to use various data and reporting tools to present meaningful data for leadership and development officers. The donor relations team supports the major gift team by providing portfolio development, reporting, and obtaining and analyzing data to support gift officer and relationship manager activities. Knowledge of, or willingness to learn the science of strategic portfolio development, discovery pipeline development, and industry trends will be key to success in this position. Data and reports will inform activity and strategies not only for development officers and donor relations, but also for alumni relations, and engagement.
    Other Provide support for DAR events, such as the UAF's annual Scholarship Breakfast event, the Blue and Gold Celebration, and Nanook Rendezvous Reunion and other strategic events. Be able to work on special projects as needed. This position will work with a variety of other offices and colleagues within UAF, UA, and at the UA Foundation
    Donor Relations: Manages all stewardship activities to enhance the relationship between the institution and its benefactors. This position works with donor relations colleagues, gift officers, benefactors and other constituents to plan and implement stewardship programs and activities. The donor relations officer is responsible for partnering with the departments/units across campus to create and implement comprehensive donor relations and stewardship programs that compliment DAR efforts and appropriately and consistently promote interaction with and recognition of donors at all levels. Independently compose written, verbal and electronic correspondence such as donor acknowledgement materials, scholarship impact reports, and benefactor stories/bios for online scholarship database. Ensure all UAF benefactors are appropriately thanked in a timely and meaningful way. Create impact reports for benefactors and corporate partners that educate, engage, and inspire additional investments.

    Join UAF's growing Development and Alumni Relations team! As part of the central UAF Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) team, this position will support UAF Donor Relations and engagement efforts for both Development and Alumni Relations by providing donor communications, research, and data integrity & management.  This position is vital in supporting the development team to build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders including alumni, benefactors, students, faculty, staff and the broader community in advancing the university’s overall mission of research, teaching and public service.  The donor relations officer must be extremely detail-oriented, able to handle confidential material discretely and responsibly, and interact professionally with a wide spectrum of individuals at various leadership levels. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills are required, as well as the ability to be flexible, take initiative and prioritize responsibilities.

    Special instructions to applicants:

    Please attach a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) references.

    If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact UAF Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7700.

    Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

    Work is performed under the supervision of the Donor Relations Director, but this position requires strong independence in performing donor relations activities, extracting data/information from institutional databases, and creating reports.  Must demonstrate strong customer service and donor relations skills, strong verbal and written communication skills, excellent organization and critical thinking skills, and networking and research skills.

    Must be accurate, have strong attention to detail and operate in a confidential manner. Ability to represent the University with the highest degree of professionalism and positive public relations to all benefactors and friends at University sponsored events. Must be proficient with using computers and Microsoft programs (Excel, Word), preferred experience with databases, data entry and awareness of industry standards for fundraising and donor relations.  Advanced ability to collect, analyze and interpret data. Ability to write and administer complex reports.

    Ability and willingness to work occasional nights and weekends as needed.  Proven ability to exercise judgement, take initiative and make effective decisions in a timely fashion while retaining flexibility in order to incorporate changes in plans and shifting priorities.  It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the position they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF.

    Knowledge/skills in the following areas are preferred: business, marketing, public relations, excellent interpersonal skills, a track record of teamwork, creativity, excellent communication skills and organizational skills. Experience using Raiser’s Edge database or similar.  Knowledge of best practices in project management, donor relations/communications technology preferred.
     

    Required Experience:

    Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, public relations, business, public administration or relevant field and two years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

    Typical Education or Training:

    Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, public relations, business, public administration or relevant field and two years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

    This is a full-time, Grade 79, minimum $25.82/hr, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. This position is open until filled with the initial application review taking place on June 15, 2020. To ensure your application is considered, apply by 11:55 pm, 6/14/2020.  Applications received after this date may not be considered.

    Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

    The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

    Affirmative Action Statement:

    UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

    Background Check:

    The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

    Probationary Period:

    Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

    Public Disclosure Statement:

    Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

    University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

    University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free. 

    Training Policy:

    It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

    Contact Information:

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.