Stewardship and Donor Relations Officer

Saint Michael's College
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Location: Chittenden County,
About the Job

The Institutional Advancement department at Saint Michael’s College is inviting applications for the Stewardship and Donor Relations Officer position. This role will help strengthen the development program at SMC by cultivating existing relationships and supporting the establishment, retention, and growth of new ones. The Stewardship and Donor Relations Officer will lead and manage initiatives aimed to elevate the SMC donor experience through custom stewardship opportunities such as personalized acknowledgment, scholarship and financial impact reports, and donor events. The successful candidate will facilitate stewardship activities that will educate, engage, inspire, and thank donors for their generosity, in addition to managing stewardship and donor reporting practices that will further the goals of the College and the Institutional Advancement department. We seek candidates that are attentive to details, organized, have strong written and verbal communication skills, and have general knowledge of donor databases. 

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Ensures donors of Saint Michael’s College are thanked and reported to in a timely and meaningful way  
  • Facilitates stewardship activities that will educate, engage, inspire, and thank donors   
  • Leads and manages initiatives aimed to elevate the donor experience (e.g. personalized acknowledgments, scholarship, financial impact reports, and donor events)   
  • Manages the content creation and dissemination for letters, emails, publications, website, events, etc.  
  • Strengthens the development program by cultivating existing relationships and supporting the establishment, retention, and growth of new ones   
  • Cultivates, stewards, and solicits a targeted pool of prospects, traveling to see them as appropriate 

This position will require regular work hours, as well as some evenings, weekends, and holiday times. Travel is required. 

For the full job description, click here. 

Benefits include health, dental, vision, employer-paid life and disability insurance, voluntary life, critical illness and accident insurance options, parental leave, flexible spending accounts (healthcare and dependent care), 401(k), generous paid time off, paid holidays, employee and dependent tuition benefits, employee and family assistance program, well-being programs and opportunities, discounted gym membership, paid volunteer time, use of the athletic facilities and the library, and countless opportunities to attend presentations, lectures, and other campus activities.  


Applicants must have the following:  

  • Bachelor’s degree   
  • 2-4 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, public relations, and/or annual giving and stewardship  
  • Higher Education experience preferred  
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office products.  
  • Familiarity with donor management and or customer relationship management systems (Raiser’s Edge)  
  • The ability to successfully pass driving record check. For criteria please see the Driver Acceptability Matrix 

An offer of employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a background and driving record check. 

Application Instructions:  

Please be prepared to attach the following documents after clicking on Apply Now button: 

  • Resume  
  • Cover letter including a statement articulating your approaches and experience facilitating and managing stewardship and donor relations based on the ideas and principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging. Saint Michael’s College is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and every member of the Institutional Advancement team has an important role to play in that commitment. 

For full consideration, please submit application materials by March 31, 2023. Position remains open until filled.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

Saint Michael's College delivers a world-class education in a beautiful Vermont setting. Our close community allows students to form strong and enduring relationships with one another and with accomplished faculty and staff, providing an ideal learning environment where they have the space and support to challenge themselves and their peers. A fully residential college located minutes from Burlington, Saint Michael's offers an unparalleled mix of academic, spiritual, cultural, service, and wilderness experiences.

Saint Michael's is among the elite ranks of only 286 colleges and universities nationwide allowed to host a Phi Beta Kappa national honor society chapter on campus and is ranked 3rd in Best Colleges in Vermont by Niche, a popular college ranking website. In 2022, Saint Michael’s was once again named by The Princeton Review as one of the Best 388 Colleges, one of the Best Green Colleges, and one of the Best Northeastern Colleges. Situated next to Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains, nearby Burlington, Vermont, consistently ranks as one of the best places in America to live. This includes America's 10 Great Places to Live (Kiplinger's), Top 10 Cities for Outdoor Recreation (Outside Magazine), Top 10 Small Cities for State of Well-Being (Gallup-Healthways), Top 10 Tech Hubs in the U.S. (Forbes), Top 5 Healthiest Places for Women in America (Self Magazine), Top 10 Greenest Cities in America, and Top Public Square in America (USA Today). It was also recently named a “climate haven” and ranked in the 10 Best Places in America to Live for Climate Resilience.

At the heart of our Edmundite Catholic mission is a belief that experiencing new perspectives, cultures, traditions, and ideas helps us become fuller, more compassionate people. As a Catholic higher education institution with a social justice mission, we are called to be even more intentionally inclusive, celebrating the complexity and individuality that each person brings to our community. Each of us at Saint Michael's carries an obligation to ensure all students, faculty, and staff encounter a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive environment.

Building a culture of inclusion is an ongoing and evolving journey. We are continually striving to ensure our processes, policies, and behaviors support and encourage diversity, meeting the needs of all individuals, especially those from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups. Saint Michael's College's vision of inclusion and diversity embraces not only racial and ethnic identities but also gender, age, religion, language, ability/disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, military service, geographic origin, and first-generation/multi-generation college experiences.

Saint Michael's College is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity, in compliance with applicable provisions of state and federal law that prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, age, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, religion, sexual orientation, veteran or military service status, HIV-positive test result status, genetic information, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic, as such characteristics and prohibitions are defined by applicable law. The College will not rely inappropriately on such characteristics, or upon related stereotypes or biases, in making employment-related decisions. Also, unless doing so would result in an undue hardship or otherwise would not be required by applicable law, the College will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, as well as any employee who is limited in their ability to perform the functions of their job because of pregnancy, childbirth or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.

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