Donor Relations and Stewardship Manager - Cranbrook Educational Community

Compensation: $61,000 - $67,000

Founded by Detroit philanthropists George and Ellen Booth in 1904, the Cranbrook Educational Community is one of the world’s leading centers of education, science, and art. Comprised of a graduate Academy of Art, contemporary Art Museum, House and Gardens, Institute of Science, and more than 1,600 students attending our Pre-K through 12 independent college preparatory Schools, Cranbrook welcomes thousands of visitors and students to its campus each year. Critics have called Cranbrook “the most enchanted and enchanting setting in America” and in 1989, it was designated a National Historic Landmark. The campus is located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, about 20 miles north of Detroit. For more, please visit our website:

The Donor Relations and Stewardship Manager is responsible for the implementation and management of a comprehensive donor relations and stewardship program for key donors, and prospects of Cranbrook Educational Community (“CEC” or “Cranbrook”). The position reports to the Chief Advancement Officer (the “CAO”) and works in close collaboration with the CEC’s Advancement team, gift officers, and donor relations colleagues within Cranbrook Schools, Academy and Museum, Institute of Science, Center for Collections and Research, and Horizons-Upward Bound. This position plays a vital role in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of high-level donors and volunteer leadership to ensure the success of Cranbrook’s Advancement program in meeting its fundraising goals and objectives.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Successfully develop and implement an effective and comprehensive donor relations program consisting of donor communications, acknowledgement, gift receipting, recognition (including a community wide recognition society), stewardship and special events to support the efforts of the CEC Advancement team
• Develop and write cases for support, impact stories, and custom solicitation letters • Oversee the Community donor acknowledgement and gift receipting process
• Prepare donor correspondence for the Chief Advancement Officer, President, and Board of Trustee Chair, among others
• Create unique programs, reports, events, and materials to thank donors and ensure annual stewardship of endowed and other funds
• Collaborate with Advancement colleagues across campus to ensure uniform best practices in donor relations and adherence to Cranbrook’s approved gift acceptance and recognition policies, procedures, and guidelines
• Work with Community partners in marketing and communications for community-wide donor newsletters, e-blasts, invitations, and announcements
• Regularly evaluate donor relations and stewardship activities and prepare consistent and accurate financial reports utilizing CRM database
• Maintain accuracy, confidentiality, and attention to detail in tracking all donor relations/stewardship activity in CRM database
• Fulfill other duties as assigned

• A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field is required along with a minimum of three years of successful experience in development, stewardship, event planning, or a related field such as customer relations
• Demonstrated ability to write effectively for a variety of purposes, including financial reports, acknowledgments, and persuasive writing 
• Computer proficiency in Word and Excel, PowerPoint, and web-based applications
• Experience and fluency with CRMs and database management, preferably with Blackbaud: Raiser’s Edge and RE NXT
• Requires demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically and work both independently and as part of a team to determine goals and successfully meet established objectives
• Attendance, punctuality, and other performance standards required as set forth in Cranbrook’s employee handbook
• Requires valid Michigan driver’s license with satisfactory driving record

Cranbrook offers competitive compensation and benefits that include medical, dental, life insurance, long-term and short-term disability, and retirement program with employer match. We also offer generous paid time off, 11 paid holidays and 3 optional holidays, employee discounts, and a unique environment in an educational setting that values collaboration.

For consideration, please visit the employment section of our website for instructions on completing and submitting an application, resume, and cover letter (please note that a fully completed employment application is required for consideration):

Posted on 12/27/2021

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