The Iowa State University Foundation is charged with the rewarding task of fundraising for the university. Together, we work as a team to expertly match our donors’ passions with Iowa State’s needs.
The first gift to Iowa State was made in 1899 by alumnus and former professor Edgar Stanton, who donated the original 10 bells of the Campanile. Without this first gift, and all the generous gifts since then, Iowa State’s campus would be completely different. The foundation honors this tradition today by finding new ways to move Iowa State University forward – whether through scholarship support, funding leading-edge facilities, creating new opportunities, or recruiting the best faculty.
As a part of the donor relations unit, the stewardship team assists in building and enhancing relationships with donors by creating meaningful experiences and reporting that displays and demonstrates the impact of private support. The stewardship coordinator provides support to the stewardship team, as well as the senior director of donor relations, working closely with team members to execute projects related to broad-based stewardship reporting and donor awards and recognition.
Core Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Provide day-to-day administrative and special project support to the senior director of donor relations and the stewardship team, including donor strategy planning, expense submissions, budget management, calendar support, and occasional travel planning.
- Ensure all engagement touches are that are produced or coordinated by the stewardship/donor relations team are properly documented.
- Assist with project intake and organize tasks in project management system.
- Provide support to the director of stewardship with management of the ISU Foundation Governors Award Committee including creating timelines, coordinating with nominators, preparation for and taking minutes during meetings.
- Assist with managing the Distinguished Award Celebration process including drafting communications, itinerary coordination, guest lists, and coordinating with external partners.
- Maintain records in customer relationship management (CRM) software.
- Collaborate with team members and other departments within the foundation and university to ensure donors and volunteers have an exceptional experience.
Education & Work Experience
- 6 years of professional experience or combination of relevant education and/or demonstrated work experience. Experience interpreting financial data is preferred.
Desired Skills & Experience
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Possess excellent judgment, organizational planning and diplomacy, and a professional attitude.
- Must be able to handle a number of activities simultaneously with attention to detail and adherence to deadlines and accuracy.
- Must be proficient in Microsoft Office suite applications, specifically Excel and Outlook, with ability to analyze large amounts of data.
- Ability to learn in-house systems and software. Experience with Workfront and Ascend/Salesforce is a plus.
- Must adhere to strict confidentiality standards.
- Ability to work effectively as a member of a team. Must be adaptable, flexible, and self-directed.
- Strong customer service skills.
- Creativity, patience, a sense of humor and a belief in our organizational mission of: Aligning donor passion and generosity to advance Iowa State University’s land grant ideals.
Travel: Occasional travel required for events
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Location: Ames, IA; potentially hybrid
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