Assistant Director of Donor Relations


Openings: 1


Gustavus Adolphus College is one of the nation’s leading private liberal arts colleges serving over 2,200 students. The College aspires to be a community of persons from diverse backgrounds who respect and affirm the dignity of all people. Known for its strong science, writing, music, athletics, study-away, and service-learning programs, Gustavus is located on a scenic 340-acre hill in St. Peter, Minnesota only one hour southwest of the Twin Cities.


Implement and manage an expanded program of stewardship and recognition for donors; this includes developing and advancing programs, procedures, budgets, events, and materials that assure accurate, timely, and appropriate tracking and interaction between the College, its donors and prospective donors, in an effort to strengthen relationships and achieve fundraising goals. Cultivate a donor-centered environment by communicating and demonstrating the impact of philanthropic support and inspiring alumni, parents, and friends to support the College to their fullest potential.


Directs and manages the coordination of the College’s donor relations program. 

Works closely with Major Gifts, Advancement Services, Prospect Research and Planned Giving to ensure the holistic approach to a donor’s philanthropic journey. 

Manages an on-going program of tracking and personal contact with major donors.  Facilitates direct contact and assures positive relationships are built and renewed between donors, students, faculty, administration, and staff, including ensuring that departments across the College are aware of relevant donor expectations, and donors are appropriately updated on use of their funds.

Informs endowment fund donors regarding pertinent financial data as well as the effects and impact of their philanthropic support, through the updating and distribution of detailed annual endowment reports.

Directs and manages the personalized student to donor scholarship thank you efforts, achieving high touch and timely efficiency for this critical program.

Consistently assesses all stewardship policies and efforts for accuracy and needed improvements, and ensures implementation internally and across campus.

Maintains close and effective working relationships with various academic departments and offices across the College and within Advancement team.

Works with gift planners for pre-solicit gift agreement concepts and gift instrument development for endowed and current restricted gifts.

Works closely with Advancement leadership to develop and execute concept and communications for all stewardship and campaign events, such as the annual Celebration of Philanthropy and President's Christmas Dinner events. 

Conducts research on historic gift agreements, conducts capital audits for historic and future naming rights, and assists as necessary in clarifying donor intentions.

Supports Advancement Services and the gift receipting and acknowledgement process.

Other duties as assigned and observed.



Bachelor's degree in related field.

Proven success and experience in non-profit development and/or donor relations preferred.

Computer literacy and knowledge of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required. Experience with donor databases a plus. 

Must have demonstrated ability to organize and manage multiple projects creatively and flexibly.

Must have the ability to forge strong working relationships and have the desire to work as part of a team.

Must have the capacity for building confidence and trust among alumni, parents, and friends of Gustavus Adolphus College and have the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.

Must be self-motivated and organized, with strong attention to accuracy.

Exceptional oral and written communication skills a must.

Must have the ability to participate in occasional evening and weekend activities.

Experience in planning upscale events for small and large audiences preferred.

Application Procedures: To apply for this position, please continue the process on our website, to complete the online application. A complete application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.

  • Online Application
  • Cover Letter
  • References (3)
  • Resume

Gustavus Adolphus College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.


Gwen Donev | | 507-933-6515

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2021

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