Donor Relations Officer

Partner: University of Dallas

Location:  Dallas, TX


The University of Dallas (UD) is a Catholic liberal arts university known for its excellence in academics. We have consistently ranked as one of the top regional universities in the country, holding a place on both U.S. News & World Report’s list of the Best Regional Universities (West) and Forbes’ Best Value Colleges. We are dedicated to and guided by our Mission and thrive on professional development, a family-oriented environment, our rich traditions and exceptional employee benefits.

UD is currently seeking a Donor Relations Officer to manage the Advancement stewardship efforts from first-time donors to major donors, ensuring consistent communication across all channels. The position assists and reports to the Director of Alumni and Donor Relations and Program Services.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Implement ways to steward University Societies, including but not limited to Legacy Society, Parent Council, and President’s Society, with the goal of increasing upgrades.
  • Responsible for major gift stewardship, including written correspondence from the president and reporting in the Delivers high-quality, tailored communications.

  • Tracks all stewardship efforts in a concise manner such that they can be reported and delivered to supervisor and advancement leadership. 
  • Oversee endowment and major annual gift reporting, ensuring accuracy and timeliness to ensure key institutional donors received highly tailored, personalized stewardship that supports upgrade and pipeline development.
  • Create and implement effective ways to communicate to major donors their impact through various methods of recognition, meaningful gifts, and/or events.
  • Manage and support in-person and virtual stewardship events in planning and execution. 
  • Manage, order, and track all hospitality gifts and inventory in support of stewardship goals.
  • Manage stewardship from student scholarship recipients in written communication and personalized phone calls from students to stewarded donors.
  • Collaborate with marketing and annual giving to create and maintain a process for regular stewardship for first time donors, tribute gifts, and monthly donors. 
  • Other duties as assigned to ensure the efficient and effective operation of University Advancement. 

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required. 
  • 1-2 years of experience in a development, accounting, or advancement services position. 
  • Experience with databases
  • Strong interpersonal skills working with donors. 
  • Demonstrated organizational and analytical skills. 
  • Fundamental understanding of accounting practices.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
  • Effective decision-making and problem-solving skills. 
  • Ability to handle confidential data. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • University or other nonprofit work experience preferred. 
  • Experience with The Raiser’s Edge and Raiser’s Edge NXT preferred. 

Additional Information

  • Occasional evening or weekend work in support of University Advancement events. 


UD provides competitive pay and benefits, including eligibility to participate in medical, dental, life and disability insurance; employee events; a health and wellness program; a free fitness center; competitive leave programs; tuition benefits for employees and their families; and matching retirement plan contributions.

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