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Associate Director of Donor Relations

Development Office

The Associate Director of Donor Relations plays a pivotal role in developing stewardship and engagement strategies in support of fundraising at Reed College. This role reports to the Director of Donor Relations. The Associate Director will join a high-functioning development team at Reed in the wake of a strategic planning effort that will inform the fundraising priorities of the college in the years to come. Donor stewardship and engagement at this time is critical to the college’s future. This is a fun job—you’ll work with smart people and big ideas.

This is a full-time, salaried role with a regular work schedule of 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. However some evening and weekend hours may be required. The salary is $54,810. Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), retiree medical plan, college tuition assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse, and discounted Trimet transit passes.

Who You Are

  • You are passionate about higher education and you enjoy the work of development. You know that follow-through with donors is one of the most important aspects of fundraising.
  • You are a creative thinker, able to generate new concepts, make connections, and draw on available resources to create engaging ways to demonstrate impact and express gratitude.
  • You enjoy writing, have a strong command of the mechanics of language, and take pride in presenting an impeccable finished product.
  • You are resourceful, like doing research, and are unafraid of a database or a spreadsheet.
  • You have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with college faculty, staff, students, and Reed affiliates and communicate with a high degree of tact and diplomacy.
  • You work well in a team environment as well as independently.
  • You’ve been commended at work for your outstanding skills in organizing and prioritizing work tasks.
  • You’re flexible and don’t get rattled when last minute changes inevitably happen.
  • You have a strong customer service orientation and effective communication skills.
  • You contribute an important aspect of diversity to your teams.

What You’ll Do (Essential Functions)

  • Facilitates the maintenance of positive relationships between donors and the college through thoughtful stewardship of gifts.
  • Drafts stewardship letters and coordinates with development officers to ensure appropriate recognition of top donors on a regular basis.
  • Develops annual reporting to donors of major scholarships, lectureships, professorships, research funds, internship funds, and other endowments.
  • Strategizes communication opportunities with the director of donor relations on top fundraising priorities for the principal gifts, gift planning, and major gift teams.
  • Drafts memoranda of understanding and coordinates review and approval process with appropriate development officers and college staff.
  • Develops and maintains accurate records on scholarships, lectureships, and other endowment funds, coordinating information from the offices of Financial Aid, Business, the Dean of the Faculty, the Center for Life Beyond Reed (career services), etc., to ensure the utilization of those funds by the college and to use in reports to donors.
  • At the request of the director, investigates high-level ad hoc research projects and collects data that sets precedent for policy creation.
  • Coordinates and plans special events and associated publications that pertain to stewardship and donor recognition.
  • Assists as needed with writing and editing of miscellaneous fundraising letters, development web and print copy, and development-related president’s correspondence.
  • Collaborates with College Relations Information Systems to execute giving and stewardship activities in a donor-centered manner.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and three years of directly related work experience.
  • Experience with project management.
  • Experience working with fundraising is preferred.
  • Facility with technological tools and database systems (experience working with Banner a plus).
  • Experience with basic layout/formatting of print pieces a plus.
  • Writing samples or assignments may be required.

Application Instructions

Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required for submission. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter, please address the following:

  • How would this position contribute to the pursuit of your long-term professional goals?
  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

As you apply online, you will also be expected to provide an answer to the following:  

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion, and community growth at Reed?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. Preference will be given to applications received by Sunday, June 17, 2018. This recruitment will remain open until the position is filled.

Reed replies to every candidate.  We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.