Information & Responsibilities
The Associate Director of Donor Stewardship is responsible for managing and engaging in the strategicstewardship of donors to CalArts in order to help ensure good relations and retention of their support.The Associate Director of Donor Stewardship will produce, write, edit, and proofread various print anddigital materials related to stewardship, including a variety of reports and other donor impact-relatedcontent such as articles, podcasts, and videos. They will facilitate opportunities to connect donors with
students or other Institute-related individuals to help demonstrate impact and encourage engagement.They will engage in additional efforts, across the Advancement division and the Institute, to ensure thatdonors are properly recognized.
The Associate Director of Donor Stewardship collaborates with the Directors of Development, the Institutional Giving team, senior leadership, and others to ensure that stewardship is executed in a creative, coordinated, and strategic manner. The Associate Director of Donor Stewardship also works closely with Financial Aid to ensure that new scholarships are awarded properly to the donor’s specification and often acts as the main point of contact between students and donors. The Associate Director of Donor Stewardship will reimagine how the Institute manages relationships with donors, utilizing the unique artistic talent at our fingertips in order to ensure meaningful and distinctive strategies. At CalArts, we aim to work creatively, thoughtfully, and strategically to help donors recognize the value and impact that their philanthropy has at CalArts. We also emphasize a need to carefully measure the success of such efforts. With a dynamic President, and a new Chief Advancement Officer, as well as a growing staff of fundraising professionals--the advancement efforts at CalArts over the next several years will support a strategic vision rooted in increased equity and access for all students, funds challenging curriculum innovation, and underwrites campus-wide infrastructure to support sustainable growth. Engaging all constituents, the Advancement division looks to collaborate broadly with students, faculty, staff, and volunteer leadership to achieve growing fundraising goals. The ideal candidate will have experience developing creative, strategic, and customized stewardship programs and donor experiences, in collaboration with fundraisers. They will be thoughtful, creative, and have exceptional attention to detail. Their willingness to think outside the box will be rewarded with flexibility and room to create exceptional stewardship pieces and experiences
Essential Job Functions / Primary Responsibilities
● Create an annual stewardship program that introduces new and innovative ways to steward donors. Constantly refresh CalArts’ approach to stewardship as well as our calendar of products/tools presented.
● Produce scholarship, professorship and deanship, and program reports for individual and institutional donors.
● Facilitate the connection between donors and the students whom they support. Facilitate the dissemination of student work to donors as a means of stewardship.
● Contribute to advancement communications, including assisting in the production of content such as articles and profiles, podcasts, videos, publications, appeals, board reports, case statements, newsletters, donor reports, annual reports, and more.
● Work with the Office of Financial Aid as Advancement’s primary liaison and ensure that new
scholarships are awarded, that all scholarships are fully awarded and not over-awarded, as well as to ensure that the awards are going to the correct number of students and to students who fit within each scholarships’ guidelines.
● Collaborate with the Advancement’s Engagement, Events, and Volunteer department to create meaningful stewardship events that attract both donors and prospects to opportunities that highlight the impact of philanthropy at CalArts.
● Identify noteworthy developments among students and faculty or within programs that would be of interest to potential donors and turn this information into persuasive communications that will further philanthropy at CalArts.
● Work with fundraisers and other Advancement team members to develop new and ongoing stewardship and recognition programs for donors, including signage, honor rolls, special presentations, events, and much more.
● Present new ideas for stewardship to the Senior Director of Communications and Stewardship, CAO/VP, and senior leadership for regular consideration and buy-in. Special attention to mixed media opportunities and maintaining a competitive edge compared to similar arts schools.
● Liaise with the president's office on stewardship projects as needed.
Qualifications and Skills
● Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
● High level of diplomacy while working easily with high-level donors, senior leadership, and faculty.
● Proven track record of quality writing and or content creation.
● Experience producing both large scale and personalized stewardship programs that utilize a variety of channels and media.
● Excellent proofreading skills and attention to detail, with excellent knowledge of grammar and how best to communicate in a succinct, appealing manner.
● Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and successfully on short deadlines.
● Commitment to serving diverse constituents. Ability to effectively convey messages to different audiences in a variety of different formats
● Emotional intelligence to interpret and act on emotions in themselves and others
● A collaborative, team-oriented attitude. Maintain a positive presence on campus and extend a good‐natured grace and enthusiasm in all personal interactions
● Ability to collaborate with a large team and attend to competing needs
● Works effectively with coworkers to promote and maintain a positive work environment while supporting strategic partnerships and collaborative relationships across the CalArts campus
● Grit to maintain composure when things go wrong and a sense of humor to stay sane and keep a positive attitude no matter what happens
● High level of self-motivation to proactively move multiple tasks forward while documenting and sharing progress, and meeting strict deadlines
● Proficiency in Google Suite and/or Microsoft Office, internet research, and strong knowledge of marketing channels as related to promotions and social media
● Experience working with fundraising and special events databases and software
Education and/or Experience
● A bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in communications, journalism, management or an equivalent is required, advanced degree strongly preferred
● 5 - 10 years of relevant experience, preferably in higher education advancement or nonprofit development, with a proven track record of success
● Deep experience working collaboratively with colleagues, donors, and volunteers
● Demonstrated success in project management or translatable skills
● Experience and confidence in donor database management and ease functioning in CRM systems
● Strong computer skills: MS Word, Excel, databases, mail merges, Adobe Acrobat, Prezi and/or PowerPoint, event registration systems (Eventbrite), and survey software (Qualtrics)
● Experience and/or interest in arts disciplines
How to Apply
To Apply: This position is open until filled, but for full consideration: Follow the interfolio link below.
Equity & Diversity
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) seeks to employ faculty who can engage our diverse communities of learners at the highest levels of artistic endeavor and critical thinking. Across the range of practitioners from artists to scholars and librarians, we welcome candidates who possess a demonstrated worldview and cultural competency to support teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities and gender expressions. CalArts is an equal opportunity employer.
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.