Director of Prospect Development and Stewardship


Posted: 7/27/20
Deadline: 10/21/20

About This Organization

Located in Boston’s historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.

Job Duties

Donor Management and Communications

• Develop and implement a strategic vision and direction of a university-wide donor engagement and stewardship program for donors at all levels of giving and participation;
• Create and execute events to address donor interests and build affinity for the University while highlighting the strengths of faculty, staff, alumnae/i and partners;
• Oversee and manage all administrative and operational aspects of recognition, reporting, and stewardship of major and planned gifts including managing standards, databases, templates, and protocols for fund reporting;
• Create and maintain protocols for the recognition and stewardship of gifts including standards for recognizing gifts in publications, reporting templates, tracking named spaces, maintaining a lifetime giving wall, etc.;
• Engage University stakeholders including the President, senior administrators, trustees and lead volunteers as key partners in the donor engagement and stewardship program;
• Create strategic and systematic plans to communicate with donors around gift recognition, insight into the impact and significance of their gift, etc.

Prospect Research and Management

• Oversee prospect development including research and identification, pipeline moves management, and key performance metrics;
• Establish and maintain best practices for research techniques, reporting templates, process documentation, and management of the fundraising database;
• Develop in-depth profiles, lists, and screenings to help gift officers strategically achieve their goals;
• Use prospect research to provide analysis, bench-marking, and forecasting of the University’s ability to meet fundraising goals;
• Conduct research – collecting, confirming, analyzing, interpreting and summarizing biographical and financial data, wealth assessment, and philanthropic assessment;
• Create briefing materials for senior University leadership, trustees, volunteers to inform personal contacts and solicitations;
• Develop relationships with fundraisers that foster an understanding of applications for prospect management;
• Lead trainings on the use of the fundraising database.

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience required;
• Minimum of 5 years of relevant non-profit work experience required;
• Relative higher education work experience preferred;
• Advanced proficiency with MS Office required;
• Advanced proficiency with spreadsheet creation and analysis;
• Demonstrated success with making effective presentations;
• Experience with Raiser’s Edge preferred;
• Ability to multi-task, adapt to changing priorities, and meet deadlines;
• Strong organizational skills and ability to work effectively in an independent and interdependent setting;
• Demonstrated project management skills with an attention to detail and accuracy;
• Ability to handle multiple priorities and projects under tight deadlines and to be able to work well in a complex organization.

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