Job Information

University of Utah Donor Relations & Stewardship Spec in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 12/01/2023

Requisition Number PRN37000B

Job Title Development Specialist

Working Title Donor Relations & Stewardship Spec

Job Grade D

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

M-F, 8:00 am -5:00 pm with occasional evening & weekend events

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00129 - Social & Behav Science-Dean

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $50,000 - $55,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The College of Social and Behavioral Science is the largest college at the University of Utah and consistently graduates the most students of any on campus. The college seeks a detail-oriented, self-motivated, and creative individual to help steward its donors, under the direction of the college’s Senior Director of Advancement. The Donor Relations & Stewardship Specialist will manage a robust stewardship program that furthers long-term engagement and high-value interactions with donors, including scholarship management, impact reporting, gift recognition, and events.


  • Manage college’s scholarships, including the application process, making and tracking awards, supporting selection committees, and maintaining accurate information about criteria and supporters;
  • Manage donor acknowledgments and reporting, including weekly thank you’s, impact reports, and annual giving recognition;
  • Collaborate with the annual giving coordinator to plan and execute stewardship on giving campaigns, including annual appeals, U Giving Day, and mini-giving campaigns;
  • Collaborate w/ marketing & communications team to ensure all stewardship communications reflect the college brand and overall development and alumni relations strategy;
  • Provide excellent customer service to donors, alumni, students, and college department and program scholarship administrators;
  • Assist college events team with development-related events;
  • Assist the college finance team with the reconciliation of scholarship awards and gifts;
  • Identify and maintain information on donors from university alumni and donor database.
  • Other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, or a related field, or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience); and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required. Experience which includes fundraising, grant and publication writing, planning and implementing special events and programs and a successful track record in raising donations is preferred.


  • Strong customer service, interpersonal, and relationship-building skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team;
  • Able to handle and prioritize multiple tasks in an organized manner, strong writing skills and the ability to proofread and edit content;
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams) and databases;
  • High ethical standards, discretion and confidentiality in working with donor information, collaborative in approach and open to new concepts and ideas;
  • Ability to problem solve in a fast-paced environment

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented students and patients.

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

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