Fresno State campus

Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Fresno
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Fundraising & Alumni Relations, Full Time
Position Description

Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship
(Administrator II)

Compensation and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $72,000 - $75,000 per year. Salary is competitive and negotiable depending on the strength of qualifications. 

This is a full-time, exempt, CSU Management Personnel Plan (MPP) position.

The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 14 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here.


Job Summary

Under the guidance of the Executive Director of Advancement Services, the Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship (Director) is responsible for the implementation and maintenance of Fresno State's donor relations and stewardship efforts. This position plays a critical role in creating a culture of philanthropy at Fresno State by maintaining and enhancing the University's relationships with major donors. The position requires someone who is highly collaborative and constituent driven to build and sustain a University-wide donor centric donor relations and stewardship program.

The Director has exceptional relational development and communications skills, is a critical thinker, results driven and a compelling writer. The Director is responsible for the oversight of the scholarship and endowment reporting process; and will work with Foundation leadership in the areas of fund analysis, fund administration and accountability. The Director plays an instrumental role in building relationships with alumni and donors by reporting the administration of funds, planning and managing events, tracking donor relations activities in the alumni/donor database, and measuring impact of such work.


Key Qualifications

  • Knowledge and ability to create, execute and oversee a comprehensive campus-wide donor acknowledgement and recognition plan.
  • Ability to work constructively and cooperatively with a diverse group of external and internal constituents.
  • Creative, energetic and ambitious person who is able to lead people, programs and manage projects.
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to quickly understand and remember details about donors and projects to which they are assigned.
  • Exceptional written and effective oral and interpersonal communication and research skills; ability to synthesize information and compose clear and effective materials.
  • Experience managing budgets.

To view the full list of qualifications and job responsibilities, please click the Position Description button above.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year regionally accredited institution.
  • A minimum of four years progressively responsible and successful leadership management with experience in donor relations, customer service or event management.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office, specifically Word and Excel, database software and spreadsheet programs, email and Internet applications. 


Department Summary

University Advancement’s mission is to inspire and increase philanthropy for the University. The division works with alumni, friends and our community to broaden the resources available to Fresno State, thereby strengthening higher education in the Central Valley and elevating our region. Providing engagement opportunities is a primary role of the division, which deepens loyalty to Fresno State and its mission. University Advancement ensures that a strong brand inspires and deepens the University’s bond with the public it serves. As such, it advances communications that uplift the image and reputation of the University and supports the University Strategic Plan


Deadline & Application Instructions

Applications received by November 4, 2021 will be given full consideration by the search committee. Applications received after that date will be forwarded at the request of the Hiring Manager and/or search committee.

Please click “Apply Now” to complete the employment application for California State University, Fresno. Interested applicants must complete the application and attach the following: 1) their most recent resumé/vitae, 2) a cover letter that addresses their specific qualifications and interest, and 3) contact information for three professional references.


Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to boldly educate and empower students for success through our values of Discovery, Diversity and Distinction. The current student population is more than 25,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and across the globe.

Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 527,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. The campus is within driving distance of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.


Equal Employment Opportunity Information

California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Orders 1096 and 1097 prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Fresno State's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. We are proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.


Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with California State University, Fresno. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Fresno State has identified as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be a "designated position" under the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This will require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within six (6) months of assuming office and every two (2) years thereafter.

Fresno State is a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus.

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