Donor Relations Coordinator

Job Description

The University of South Dakota Foundation is dedicated to empowering the next generation of leaders by providing exceptional educational opportunities and resources. We support the University of South Dakota, a world-class institution committed to academic excellence and innovation. Our foundation plays a crucial role in ensuring that students have access to the education they need to achieve their dreams.

We are seeking a donor-centric and service-oriented Donor Relations Coordinator to join our team. The primary responsibility of this position is managing positive donor relations throughout the continuum of the donor experience. Responsibilities include executing a variety of projects and initiatives focusing on donor stewardship and recognition.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the day-to-day operations and the execution of communication initiatives that positively impact all stages of the donor life cycle.
  • Provide consistent and excellent customer service to support individualized donor communication and relationship activities, with particular attention to stewardship.
  • Provide overall administrative support for donor relations projects including, but not limited to, answering and directing phone calls and emails, preparing routine and non-routine correspondence, conducting stewardship efforts using digital and printed platforms and managing the execution of all letter processes (i.e., scholarship thank you letters).
  • Execute or support current and future donor recognition programs and events including, but not limited to, impact reports, endowment reports and special communications.
  • Facilitate positive and productive engagement of the University’s constituents in partnership with the alumni relations and communications team, development staff, annual giving staff and campus partners.
  • Attend appropriate Foundation, Alumni Association and University events, programs and meetings as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, communications, or related fields.
  • Previous experience in fundraising, business development, sales, marketing, or communications or higher education is preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record.

Salary Range: $40,000 to 45,000

The University of South Dakota Foundation is an equal-opportunity employer. This position includes an excellent benefits package and a generous PTO policy. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to Joe Hoose, Executive Director of Talent Management, at

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