Director of Stewardship

Colorado State University
May 27, 2021
Fort Collins, Colorado
Job Type


The division of University Advancement at Colorado State University is seeking an experienced donor relations professional, with a background in and affinity for gift/fund stewardship, to serve as our new Director of Stewardship.


Who We Are

Located in the beautiful town of Fort Collins, Colorado, CSU is a premier land-grant university with world-class programs in education, outreach, and research. CSU has a student body of over 34,000 students, 7,400 employees, 232,000 living alumni, and annual research expenditures exceeding $350 million. Guided by the five supporting Principles of Community: Inclusion, Integrity, Respect, Service, and Social Justice, the University constantly pursues its mission and vision of access, research, teaching, service, and engagement.

Within CSU, the Division of University Advancement is integral to achieving and sustaining the University’s institutional excellence through fundraising and engagement efforts. Our purpose is to connect our alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations to raise the financial support necessary to advance the University’s mission and vision. With one of the leading development teams in the country, the Division most recently reached its $1 billion fundraising campaign goal 19 months ahead of schedule.

University Advancement Engagement designs and delivers the donor experience at CSU. As the central team with responsibility for donor relations, stewardship, events, and marketing/communications, we provide comprehensive, strategic engagement opportunities that increase Ram Pride, strengthen donor and alumni connections to the University, and inspire philanthropy at CSU. Grounded in the mission and core values of University Advancement, UA Engagement incorporates the principles of excellence, purpose, gratitude, collaboration, and innovation into every aspect of our work.


What You’ll Be Doing

This position will lead a team in providing centralized stewardship services to CSU’s donors, in partnership with the college, unit, and central development teams. The Director of Stewardship will serve as a key conduit of information and collaboration to ensure that donor-based scholarships and CSU Foundation funds are utilized according to the wishes of the donors which enhances the donors’ trust, confidence and affinity for CSU. The Director will lead the stewardship team, assuring that all gifts to CSU are acknowledged in a timely manner and that donors receive thoughtful, timely reporting on the impact of their gifts.

This position will infuse diversity, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of their work in order to contribute to ensuring donors of all backgrounds feel represented and included.

This position reports to the Managing Director of Donor Relations and Presidential Engagement, within the University Advancement Engagement team.

The proposed annual salary range for this position is $90,000-$105,000 plus benefits. A $7,500 moving allowance may be negotiated at time of hire.


What We Are Looking For

What You Will Need (Required Qualifications)
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university by the employment start date
• Minimum of 5 years’ experience in development, stewardship, donor relations in higher education or other non-profit setting OR equivalent experience in a complex nonprofit organization
• Demonstrates active engagement and support of diverse individuals, opinions and perspectives, and actively engages with and supports the universities’ mission, vision and values
• Ability to travel in and out of state and work non-standard hours, including early mornings, evenings and weekends
• Must have a valid driver’s license, the ability to obtain a driver’s license, or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date


What We Would Like You to Have (Preferred Qualifications)
• Proven written, verbal and interpersonal communication with the ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of university / external constituents
• Demonstrated strong analytical skills for determining information needs, creating work flow processes and timelines, and the development of reports that provide comprehensive endowment fund information
• Proven ability to successfully develop and implement plans, to think collaboratively, strategically, and creatively
• Proven ability to analyze and prepare data, develop and deliver presentations, and stewardship reports
• Demonstrated ability to identify and build relationships and connect donor/client interests with opportunities in a complex organization
• Ability to problem solve and adapt to rapidly changing situations and successfully manage multiple complex projects from start to finish
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office and experience working in a CRM or other relational database such as Advance or Salesforce


How to Apply

For full consideration, all materials must be received by 11:59 pm (MT) on June 6, 2021. Applications will be reviewed within 2 weeks of the full consideration date and all applicants will be notified of their status in the search.

Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter that demonstrates any and all of the required and preferred qualifications that they meet 2) a resume, and 3) three professional references noting name, phone number, email address, and professional relationship (one must be a current or former supervisor). References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

In order to be considered for this role, applications must be submitted electronically to: Please note: we cannot accept applications via email.

For tips on how to craft a successful application, please review the FAQ document on our Careers site at: You can also sign up for our Careers mailing list to receive updates about future job opportunities with CSU University Advancement.

Questions regarding the position or anything else related to careers with UA may be directed to Annika Yappert, Recruiting & Talent Acquisition Specialist, at [email protected]

CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates.


Be a Part of Something Bigger

CSU is Fort Collins’ largest employer, and the Division of University Advancement is integral to the University’s success. Guided by our values of Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Innovation, Ram Pride and Results-Driven, we are motivated by our common purpose: transforming lives and making the world a better place.

We are looking for talented individuals to join our team, and we offer our employees a culture committed to diversity and inclusion, extensive professional development opportunities, and a competitive and flexible total rewards package. For example, full-time administrative professional employees receive nearly five weeks of paid annual leave, 15 days of paid sick leave, 10 paid holidays, and a CSU contribution equal to 12% of their salary to their retirement plan each year. Additionally, staff may enroll in up to 9 CSU credit courses every year to further their education, and University Advancement offers remote and flexible work arrangements.

For more information about what it’s like to be a part of the UA team, visit our Careers page at For more information about the benefits offered to CSU employees, please visit our HR website at