Position Summary: The Assistant Director of Donor Relations for Athletics is responsible for the planning and execution of high level donor engagement and stewardship strategies that promote strong engagement with key and prospective athletic donors and former student-athletes. Primary Responsibilities • Plans, manages and executes high level donor events including: budgets, time lines, vendor contracts, collateral, invitations, RSVP tracking, status reports, and leadership briefings, This includes annual pre-game donor level events, the Endowed Athletic Scholarship event, private donor cultivation events, and other events as assigned. • Works closely with Athletic Development colleagues to develop and execute stewardship event strategies for Athletic donors, former athletes and giving societies. • Manages hospitality events for all home sporting events. • Works directly with contracted travel companies to provide logistical planning and support for key donor travel. • Works closely with Alumni Relations colleagues to offer coordinated engagement opportunities for alumni around sporting events. • Provides exceptional customer service to internal staff, leadership and donors. • Provides leadership and oversight for one or more Athletic Development interns. • Ensures all events are managed consistently within Foundation policies and guidelines. • Other duties as assigned.
Key Competencies • Ability to work closely with other departments to plan a strategic approach to designing events the help to further engage and effectively steward UConn Athletics fans, alumni, donors and prospects. • Well-organized self-starter with a positive attitude who can manage multiple priorities. Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent proofreading skills, attention to detail and a commitment to providing a superior guest experience. Willingness to independently manage all the details down to the smallest. • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications including: PowerPoint, Word and Excel. Comfortable working event management software and databases to query for event invitation lists. Experience with Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge or CRM a bonus. Experience with InDesign, Photoshop, or other graphic design platforms a bonus. • Ability to work to the demands of the position, which may exceed a 40 hour work week and will include nights, weekends and holidays. Must have the ability and willingness to travel upon request. • Reliable personal transportation is required for this position. Must possess a valid driver’s license issued from state in which employee resides. Employee must maintain at their expense, automobile liability insurance coverage in the minimum amount of $500,000 or a combination of umbrella and automobile liability insurance coverage of $500,000. A certificate of automobile insurance evidencing the limit, must be provided to the Foundation at hire and annually thereafter. Education and Experience • Bachelor’s degree. •Minimum 3+ years of high-quality, high-end event management success including: developing creative event experiences that achieve a pre-defined goal, participating in strategic planning, vendor selection and management, staff supervision, contract review and budget management. •Demonstrated interest and experience in Athletics, Athletic Development, Donor Relations, and/or Marketing. •Volunteer leadership or experience managing students preferred.
The University of Connecticut Foundation is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering diversity in its workforce.
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The UConn Foundation, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization which operates exclusively to promote the educational, scientific, cultural, research and recreational objectives... of the University of Connecticut. The Foundation does this by providing quality programs and services for its alumni and supporters, and by serving as the primary fundraising vehicle for the University. The Foundation solicits, administers and invests private funds for the sole benefit of the University and its mission of pursuing excellence in teaching, research and public service.