Director of Stewardship

POSITION TITLE:  Director of Stewardship

REPORTS TO:  Director of Advancement Services



The Director of Stewardship is responsible for designing, implementing, and directing an integrated and comprehensive stewardship program that promotes engagement and connection with donors at all levels. The Director is a forward-thinking, innovative and energetic professional with proven success in donor stewardship, capable of developing and orchestrating the implementation of a multi-year plan to advance institutional efforts.


  • Develops and implements a strategic donor stewardship plan that appropriately acknowledges and stewards all gifts and recognizes and engages donors with a strong emphasis on major gifts.
  • Coordinates and oversees fund agreement process.
  • Creates a campus-wide inventory of donor recognition named spaces and suggested donations with an emphasis on parity, consistency and adherence to guidelines and develops tools that assist development officers in securing major gifts.
  • Oversees fund reporting to donors, particularly endowed funds, as well as fund stewardship activities that ensure donor funds are spent appropriately and donors are kept well-informed about the use and impact of their gifts.
  • Develops and manages a donor acknowledgement system including scholarship recipient thank you letters, etc.
  • Works with development to review existing donor recognition societies and associated events to maximize impact and effectiveness.
  • Identifies opportunities to engage emerging donor groups: young alumni, international alumni, etc. and coordinates with appropriate departments to implement.
  • Collaborates on development of digital and print communication opportunities to connect with donors.
  • Manages and mentors direct reports.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in direct and varied areas of stewardship, development or alumni relations.
  • Previous experience working with volunteers and donors.
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred.
  • Professional experience in development or higher education preferred.
  • Ability to compose professional level correspondence and meet deadlines with excellent proofreading skills and command of language, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Demonstrated skills, knowledge and experience in the design and execution of stewardship and donor relations activities.
  • High proficiency in project management, attention to detail, prioritization of work and organizational skills required.
  • High competence in computer programs, web-based content management systems and applications, and digital/social media platforms.


  • Passion for the institution’s mission, traditions and long-term success. Consistently demonstrate the mission, vision and values of UToledo Foundation and the University.
    • Our RITE Values – Respect, Integrity, Transparency & Teamwork, and Excellence
  • Outstanding written, verbal and interpersonal skills. Must be able to develop interpersonal relationships with multiple constituents.
  • Demonstrate integrity, impeccable ethics, initiative, enthusiasm, and the ability to establish trust and credibility.
  • Demonstrate commitment and ability to:
    • Provide quality customer service.
    • Plan, organize and remain accountable for actions.
    • Problem solve utilizing critical thinking skills.
    • Function in a confidential manner.
    • Collaborate with other staff.


Interested candidates should apply online at

Priority will be given to applications received by January 24, 2021.