Senior Stewardship Officer

Brown University

Job Description:

The Strategic Stewardship team manages a program dedicated to the individualized stewardship of top donors and the development of targeted, tailored stewardship opportunities for key donor audiences. To do this, the Senior Stewardship Officer serves as a project and program manager of stewardship activity. The Senior Stewardship Officer works collaboratively with Prospect Managers to develop and coordinate the execution of highly personalized Individualized Stewardship Plans that define a tailored stewardship experience for each donor included in their assigned portfolio. The Senior Stewardship Officer will also oversee the development and implementation of stewardship and recognition initiatives for key strategic audiences. To achieve success, the Stewardship Officer will be highly strategic in their partnership with Prospect Managers and Advancement leadership, navigating complexities and competing priorities, donor preferences, partner needs and expectations, project timelines and deliverables, and working in alignment with existing stewardship and recognition standards. The outcome of this work is an enhanced donor experience for the University’s most strategically valuable donors, increased capacity of Prospect Managers unburdened from the management of stewardship tasks, and the overall advancement of the University.

Brown University is committed to advancing diversity, inclusion and equity. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Brown University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in a related field such as stewardship/donor relations, higher education, non-profit, fundraising, project management, development, sales, customer service, volunteer management, and/or marketing.

Required Qualifications

  • Must have thorough knowledge of language usage, spelling, and punctuation
  • Must have strong writing and copy editing skills, proofreading experience, and experience in creating written reports
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills —  friendly, responsive, collaborative — and the ability to adapt to rapidly changing priorities
  • Strong attention to detail, including donor and program names, grammar, spelling, and punctuation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working closely with frontline fundraisers
  • Experience with planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing projects
  • Experience with implementing strategic tasks
  • Ability to work independently and collegially with strong problem-solving skills

Job Competencies

  • Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), including experience/ability to identify and emphasize diverse perspectives in programming, communications, and strategy.
  • Comfort with typical office productivity software, including G Suite. CRM knowledge (Blackbaud), and Adobe preferred but not required.
  • Ability to comply with University graphic standards and communication style guides
  • Ability to organize resources and establish priorities
  • Execution: Drives the development and management of tasks, timelines, and workflows to completion; astute attention to detail in all work products.
  • Decision-making: Makes timely, impactful decisions based on facts, circumstances, and needs
  • Communication: Effectively conveys information to stakeholders in a timely fashion; written and oral
  • Diplomacy: Maintains confidence while communicating tactfully and in a politically astute manner
  • Data Management: Collects, enters, and maintains data accurately with output and usage in mind
  • Initiative: Takes responsibility for progress and outcomes
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check and education check satisfactory to Brown. Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and resume with their applications.

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Job Posting Title:
Senior Stewardship Officer


Grade 10

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Full time

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Position Work Location:
Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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EEO Statement:
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