Starting Salary: Dependent Upon Qualifications
Closing Date: Until Filled

How to Apply

In the context of the University’s overall advancement plan, the Director of Stewardship & Events will develop and sustain programs that enhance donors’ relationships with the University. The Director will supervise a team and foster a work environment that utilizes the talents of the team to strive for excellence in all programs. The successful candidate will be able to sustain programs that work well, refine those that need refinement, and create innovative new programs that enhance the University’s efforts. Works closely with the President, trustees, advisory board members, senior faculty, members of the University administration, and senior advancement staff. Works collaboratively with Director of Alumni Engagement and other Advancement staff as needed to support donor cultivation and stewardship.


Stewardship: Refine current University stewardship efforts, while expanding the stewardship offerings in an effort to strengthen University partnerships with donors. Gain a thorough understanding of the University funds requiring stewardship and develop a plan to do so.

1. Conceptualize, implement, and assess a comprehensive master plan of stewardship priorities and programming. Will work closely with the Office of Foundation and Corporate Relations and Leadership Gift Officers to strategically craft personalized stewardship strategies for top prospects, donors, organizations, and foundations.

2. Match and assign students requiring financial aid with endowed and annual scholarships; requires successful interpretation of donor intent for the process of administering endowed and annual funds. Process includes administering the production of timely and accurate reports on endowed and annual scholarships and selected endowed funds.

3. Work independently with members of the Board of Trustees, high-level donors, and members of the faculty and college departments on stewardship initiatives.

4. Develop and implement processes that will systemize donor tracking and records, including donor reports, donor/student communications, and personal meetings.

5. Create innovative programs and projects to thank and steward donors, including a comprehensive appreciation program for student recipients of scholarship and other endowed funds. These programs will facilitate stronger ties between high-level donors and the University.

6. Provide leadership for the stewardship of endowed professorships. Will work directly with the Dean of the Faculty, donors, and CGU faculty members to ensure donor intent and will engage the donors and respective faculty members in relationship-building opportunities, including personal meetings, donor recognition events, and written updates from the faculty member.

7. Work directly with the Office of the President to accurately acknowledge CGU Faculty and Staff gifts.

8. Administer a comprehensive program for stewardship projects related to the University’s physical campus. Will work closely with the Director of Construction and the Office of Facilities and Campus Services to oversee new donor signage and the maintenance of existing donor signage.

9. Maintain a high level of confidentiality.

10. Must be able to learn and adapt to new technology solutions quickly and effectively. Excellent skills in Microsoft Office suite of products.

11. Perform other related duties as requested and needed.

Events: Work on and execute University-wide events that serve to further the University’s mission including:

  • Commencement – Coordinate with the Executive Assistant to the President
  • Drucker Day
  • Development special events
  • Event Policy: Consider establishing a development event policy that will help colleagues across campus understand the types of events that this office can assist with

This position is the primary on-campus advocate the University’s donors. S/He and her/his staff will develop appropriate donor recognition events and report to donors about the use of their gifts. The individual in this position will work closely with faculty and staff across campus to compile the information that is needed to successfully execute these functions.

The Director will consult with Major Gifts and other Development officers to determine the best way to underscore donors’ philanthropic intent towards the University. The Director will perform other related duties, as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree; preference will be given to those with a degree from and/or experience at a graduate university with three to five years of experience in an educational setting. Must demonstrate ability to take multiple projects from inception to delivery in short order. Must have a well-refined customer-centered orientation. Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, colleagues, donors, and students. The Director should have experience managing a budget. Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including some evening and weekend events. Candidates with an advanced degree will be considered or any combination of education, training or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and ability.

Hours may vary due to the needs of the University or the department. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule as needed, which will include some evenings and weekends.