Employment at ArtCenter


Donor Relations Manager

Working with and reporting to the Executive Director of Campaign Initiatives and Support, this position provides a broad range of support activities related to major gifts fundraising, campaign efforts and other strategic initiatives as directed, including the following responsibilities outlined below.

It will be the role of the Donor Relations Manager to interact across all sub-departments of Development and with multiple academic departments in order to anticipate, facilitate and proactively program for the needs of donors in concert with existing and specially created programs at the College in service of model stewardship and in ways that deepen donors’ understanding of and relationship with ArtCenter College of Design.

Reports to: Executive Director, Campaign Initiatives and Support

FLSA status: Exempt

Job posted 11/6/2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should send cover letter with resume and employment application to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “Donor Relations Mgr” in the subject line.

Applicants responding to posted job openings are asked to include a completed employment application with the application materials listed in the job posting.

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  • 3–5 years of fundraising experience
  • Demonstrate understanding of fundraising principles, methodologies and best practices
  • Experience supporting and managing alumni/donor groups and implementing alumni/donor engagement strategies
  • Experience with alumni/donors in an educational or arts based not-for-profit organization
  • Advanced computer skills, with proficiency in standard office productivity software including Raiser’s Edge and NetCommunity
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including ability to prepare professional written materials and express ideas clearly and concisely
  • Ability to take initiative and work with minimal supervision, to solve problems and to get things done as required
  • Demonstrate ability to conceptualize, plan and implement individual identification and cultivation through events
  • Excellent sense of diplomacy and tact; ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Outstanding organization skills and practices with the ability to manage multiple complex tasks and/or projects simultaneously while addressing the needs of the office
  • Strong commitment to excellence in donor communications and service
  • Ability to work occasional weekends and evening hours and to staff events
  • Communication skills to potentially solicit prospective donors, as well as collect and relate information with accuracy, diplomacy and discretion
  • A commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within ArtCenter’s diverse communities
  • Ability to handle confidential information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of ArtCenter business

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or institution; Masters preferred
  • Appreciation of the Arts

Essential Functions

Operational — 95%

  • Develop fundraising plans and implement strategy to increase donor engagement and build genuine relationships through stewardship and recognition
  • Plan, organize and manage special events—including but not limited to logistics such as invitations, guest lists, onsite support, follow-up, personal tours, luncheons, small meetings, and major events
  • Set and prepare materials for meetings among trustees, staff, donors, volunteers, and serve as liaison among members and between donors and the senior Development officers
  • Work closely with the Executive Director, Campaign Initiatives and Support on implementation and ongoing use of NetCommunity web portal, including email messaging, analytics, event management and tracking
  • Work independently to create and maintain a donor stewardship matrix, outlining recognition and communication for gifts of all levels
  • Manage and maintain donor recognition and stewardship program including producing the annual report and materials for major gift recognition, as well as contacting donors for updates and clarification with regard to donor recognition
  • Develop stewardship materials and publications, partnering with marketing and communications
  • Manage gift acknowledgment process, ensuring letters are generated, approved and sent out promptly; monitor results and recommend adjustments
  • Manage files, both paper and electronic including keeping current information in donor database files in Raiser’s Edge, generate reports as needed, especially as related to tracking cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of new and existing prospects
  • Attend all or most donor functions
  • Attend all frontline fundraiser meetings

Non-Essential Functions — 5%

  • As needed, build and manage a small pool of office volunteers

    Provide other administrative support as assigned

Mandatory Duty to Report

All employees who know or have reason to know of allegations or acts that violate ArtCenter’s Title IX Policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking shall promptly inform the DHR Administrator and Title IX Coordinator, or designee or the Assistant Dean of Students or designee. Faculty with a mandatory duty to report are required to disclose all information including the names of the parties, even where the person has requested their name remain confidential.

Pursuant to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), all employees who know of or have reason to suspect child abuse or neglect involving alleged victims under age 18 shall promptly inform local law enforcement or the county welfare department.


Physical Demands and Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with frequent interruptions and distractions; extended periods of time viewing computer monitor; interactions with other individuals. Due to the nature of the work environment, there is regular exposure to fumes, chemicals, dust and noise.

Physical: The position is generally sedentary. Employees sit most of the time, but may walk or stand for brief periods of time. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight (up to 10 pounds); to operate modern office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: Must be able to have the visual capacity to perform activities such as preparing and reading reports, viewing a computer terminal and other normal office work with or without correction.

Hearing: Must be able to communicate effectively in the course of normal office communication or exchange ideas with or without correction.

ArtCenter College of Design is committed to excellence through the establishment of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and its surrounding communities. The College considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Human Resources Department at (626) 396-2270.