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Donor Relations Manager

Full-time  Hybrid/remote Open until filled Starts: ASAP
The Donor Relations Manager secures financial support and goodwill for the University by developing and managing a portfolio of relationships with donors and qualified donors.
The Donor Relations Manager secures financial support and goodwill for the University by developing and managing a portfolio of relationships with donors and qualified donors.

Why Work at Redeemer?

For over 41 years Redeemer University has prepared the next generation of Christian leaders. Redeemer is committed to a Christian undergraduate liberal arts and sciences education that develops the whole person.

Rooted in a Reformed Biblical worldview, and including a diverse community representing over 50 Christian denominations, Redeemer seeks to answer the fundamental questions about where we fit into God’s story while it prepares students to engage in society’s biggest challenges. A rigorous academic program with an interdisciplinary core is supported by a vibrant community characterized by caring discipleship. The result is an enriching and transformational educational experience integrating faith, learning and service.

Redeemer offers 41 majors and streams that lead to either a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education or Bachelor of Business Administration degree. The university expects to welcome about 1000 students in the fall, served by approximately 200 faculty and staff.

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Donor Relations Manager
Full-time  Open until filled Starts: ASAP

The Position

Reporting to the Director, Donor Relations, the Donor Relations Manager secures financial support and goodwill for the University by developing and managing a portfolio of relationships with donors and qualified donors. The Donor Relations Manager works with a portfolio of qualified donors that reflects multiple stakeholder groups in the community. The Officer is responsible to work independently within the context of a team to achieve individual and department goals set by the Director to achieve the larger strategic initiatives of the University.


  • Qualify, cultivate and maintain a caseload of donors as discussed with the Director.
  • Create a strategy for each donor with regular touchpoints that include appropriate cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Regularly communicate with the caseload utilizing best-practice methods via face-to-face visits, virtual meetings, phone calls, mailed items and email.
  • Documenting activity and relationship management through contact reports and other tasking on Raiser's Edge to ensure data integrity.
  • Experience in working with others to solicit and close gift agreements.
  • Take departmental lead in engaging with representatives from Christian Stewardship Services and Link Charity for counsel and information
  • Liaise with Donor Relations staff to track and report on planned giving acquisition initiatives, including the creation of follow-up plans for respondents, help to identify warm leads, track responses, and coordinate communication with confirmed and prospective planned giving donors
  • Identify and qualify planned giving donors and prospects
  • Support Donor Relations staff in preparing planned giving materials and information packages for meetings and events
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Communications team to market and promote the planned giving program
  • Participate in and contribute to regular Donor Relations and External Relations team meetings.
  • Advise the Director on upcoming proposal documentation needs for donor solicitation.
  • Collaborate with Donor Relations colleagues as necessary to facilitate the ongoing work of the Officer.
  • Represent Redeemer at internal and external events as required by the Director.
  • Execute and make all travel and other arrangements for visits.
  • Seek ways to further engage existing donors to inspire greater levels of giving.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities that are made available.

Preferred Skills and Attributes

  • Thorough understanding of Donor Relations life cycle and principles (discovery, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship).
  • Commitment to representing Redeemer with enthusiasm, warmth, and professionalism;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills;
  • Possess an understanding of marketing principles, donor recognition strategies and planned giving vehicles
  • Strong Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills required; strong familiarity with Raiser’s Edge or customer relationship management (CRM) systems and procedures a plus.

Education, Training & Certifications

  • Undergraduate degree or combined post-secondary education and relevant work experience.
  • MFA-P or CFRE designation is considered an asset.
  • 5+ years of donor relations experience in a not-for-profit setting and a demonstrated history of competence in fundraising.

Other Requirements

  • Understanding of Redeemer University (mission, values, and Reformed Christian identity)
  • Strong communication skills
  • Creativity to discover passions and interests and relationship management skills
  • Sensitivity to handle difficult topics with tact
  • Attention to detail and ability to apply knowledge of gift acceptance policies
  • Knowledge of ethical conduct and tax laws for charitable gifts
  • Ability to use customer relationship management system/database software regularly and with efficiency and accuracy

The Application Process

Applicants are requested to email their application materials (cover letter, resume, and statement of faith) in one combined pdf document. The statement of faith should articulate your faith perspective and its relation to the mission of Redeemer University. A range of qualifications will be evaluated including distinguishing characteristics that demonstrate congruence with Redeemer’s identity as a university in the Protestant and Reformed Christian tradition. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Position reports to: Director, Donor Relations

Submit applications to: (please quote position title in subject line)

Expiry date: Posted until filled (applications will be reviewed upon submission, so please apply ASAP)

Anticipated start date: ASAP

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