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Manager of Stewardship, Principal & Presidential Prospects

Howard University
Washington, DC

Howard University, bolstered by an active and energetic alumni base, is experiencing historic and unprecedented institutional and philanthropic growth.  With a more visible profile in elite higher education, the University has embarked on a significant expansion of and investment in its Advancement efforts.  If you are an enthusiastic communications professional looking for a chance to make a difference, now is the time to join this historic institution and become a part of something great.

Howard University seeks a Manager of Stewardship for Principal & Presidential Prospects. Under the supervision of the Director of Stewardship & Donor Relations, the Manager is a key member of the central office for the Division of Development & Alumni Relations staff. This position will work directly with the President of the University and key cabinet members, in order to provide effective stewardship to high-level donors and individuals who have high donor-potential.  This position with work amongst the Advancement Services team to report on the use of gifts.  This position is tasked with maintaining relationships over time, to ensure high-level donors are pleased with the impact of their gift and are stewarded toward future philanthropy to Howard University.

Specific qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Public Administration, or a closely related field.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in building long-term fundraising relationships.
  • Demonstrated, successful experience in major gift fundraising or marketing and planned giving experience highly desired. Experience in an academic setting preferred.
  • Knowledge of trends, models and practices as well as ability to forecast and be pro-active.
  • Experience with stewardship techniques.
  • Proven, successful track record in maintaining relationships and stewarding donors.
  • Knowledge of database software (Raisers Edge NXT) and Microsoft Office (Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, and Word).
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relations with students, faculty, staff, university officials, and the general public.
  • Ability to prepare and manage a budget and resources.


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