The Director of Stewardship and Communications works within the Office of Institutional Advancement (IA) to plan and execute the College’s donor engagement and stewardship programs and communications. The director also assists with college-wide events and with written communication produced for The Carthage Fund and other projects as directed by the AVP.

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Director of Stewardship & Communication

April 22, 2021

The Director of Stewardship and Communications works within the Office of Institutional Advancement (IA) to plan and execute the College’s donor engagement and stewardship programs and communications. The director also assists with college-wide events and with written communication produced for The Carthage Fund and other projects as directed by the AVP.

The Director works with and takes direction from senior staff to develop and implement programs that foster and nurture lasting relationships between Carthage College and its donors and to steward gifts specifically endowed funds, campaign gifts, principle gifts, and gifts from major donors. Aspects of these programs include prospect development, communications, fundraising volunteer management, and gift recognition.

This position reports to the Associate Vice President for Advancement.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Prospect Development
    • Works with major gift officers to develop and execute custom small events for targeted groups and individuals.
    • Works closely with the director of advancement programs to manage all logistical details for all donor relations events.
  • Communications
    • Prepares and distributes communications that support donor strategies.
  • Coordinates the preparation and distribution of invitations and follow-up communications related to donor events.
  • Coordinates all aspects of creating custom donor impact reports.
  • Coordinates the creation of a database of donors to be featured in publications and coordinates with the strategic placement of these stories in channels such as the Carthaginian, College web site, planned-giving newsletters, and social media.
  • Coordinates the production and distribution of the Leaders in Philanthropy newsletter.
  • Manages other donor stewardship communications, which include maintaining donor honor rolls and producing other donor publications as needed.
  • Assists gift officers to customize and execute annual direct appeals to managed prospects.
  • Assists the director of The Carthage Fund in writing fundraising appeals.
  • Assists the AVP in other writing projects, as assigned, such as writing event scripts, campaign case statements, press releases etc.
  • Fundraising Volunteer Management
    • Works with senior fundraisers to support volunteer engagement programs, including coordinating all logistical aspects of volunteer meetings, preparing agendas and meeting notes, volunteer materials (job descriptions, manuals, etc.) and other communications as needed, and maintain records online and in database.
  • Gift Recognition & Stewardship
    • Manages campus gift recognition programs, including individual named donor recognition plaques, donor walls, brick walkways and pavers.
    • Manages purchasing and preparing individualized gifts for naming gift donors and other similar gifts as needed.
    • Manages endowment stewardship programs, including endowed scholarship student thank you letters, endowed scholarship gift agreements, and individualized annual endowment reports for donors. Works with Financial Aid to ensure endowed scholarships are awarded appropriately.
  • Engages, manages, and coordinates student workers in executing any of the above (e.g. scholarship tracking; completing room arrangements, online look-ups, mailings, etc.)
  • Performs other duties as assigned

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: hire/supervise/organize student workers

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent significant related experience required
  • Minimum of three years higher education experience preferred
  • Demonstrated success with special event and project management; strong organizational and time-management skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication, including copywriting and writing for fundraising
  • Strong skills in spreadsheets, word processing and relational databases
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-volume, and confidential service environment
  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed for occasional special events

Application Requirements

Applicants must include two writing samples:

  •  A thank you letter to a donor
  •  A short feature article or press release

Apply Online

Institutional Information

Founded in 1847, Carthage College combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation, so that our students uncover and ignite their true potential. As a four-year private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, we place a strong emphasis on both moral and intellectual values. Our prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, allows students the opportunity to learn in a professional context. Our beautiful campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students. Our rich academic experience equips students with foundational knowledge and skills, preparing graduates to be lifelong learners and to lead meaningful, productive lives.

Carthage College is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse community. We welcome applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or status as an individual with a disability.