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Location: Stanford Redwood City or remote consideration

This is a 12 month Fixed-Term position.

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description


Stanford University’s donor relations team, within the Office of Development, plays an integral role in Stanford’s fundraising success. The team is tasked with communicating appreciation for, and impact of, gifts to the university; connecting donors with the mission of the university; and ensuring a sense of confidence and pride in philanthropically supporting Stanford. The Donor Relations Officer is a 12-month, fixed term role that will work alongside colleagues and across all donor relations functions, from preparing impact reports for donors to writing acknowledgments to ensuring data compliance. This is a great opportunity to learn more about donor relations and be exposed to a wide variety of donor outreach activities.


Job Purpose:

Assist the central donor relations team across a portfolio of annual reporting, gift acknowledgment, beneficiary outreach, and donor engagement activities and projects.


Your responsibilities will include:

  • Draft, edit, rewrite, proof, and exercise judgment to determine appropriateness of content for components of annual narrative reports to donors that share the impact of philanthropic gifts to the university. Prepare reports for team and fundraiser review.
  • Assist in outreach to students and faculty to gather messages of thanks and stories via Qualtrics or other digital applications. Provide students and faculty with information about donors’ motivations and history in supporting Stanford.
  • Draft acknowledgment letters on behalf of fundraisers or other leadership to convey gratitude and appreciation to donors.
  • Establish and execute donor relations project plans, timelines, tasks, and objectives in a timely manner.
  • Input project related data and documents into various project management and fundraising databases.
  • Participate in special projects and support colleagues in the central donor relations team as needed.


To be successful in this position you will bring:


  • Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Strong client service orientation with the ability to understand a variety of client audiences, including students, faculty, and school or unit donor relations staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and professionalism to interact with people at all levels of an organization.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including composing and editing clear and effective materials.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including organizing and managing multiple complex projects with competing deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to quickly understand and remember details about donors and projects.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite and database applications, online survey tools a plus.



  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, sit, and use a telephone, stand/walk.
  • Occasionally light/fine grasping, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds, writing by hand.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a California Non-commercial Class drivers license


* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.



  • May require working flexible hours, including nights and weekends. Regular travel may be required.
  • Valid passport for international travel.



  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.



Stanford University is one of the world’s premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives. We believe Stanford’s future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.


Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!


*The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


*Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


How to apply:

To be considered, please submit a cover letter and a resume with your online application. The cover letter should briefly describe why you believe you are a good fit for this position.

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