Assistant Director of Stewardship

Bellarmine University
March 16, 2023
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Assistant Director of Stewardship

About Bellarmine University:

Bellarmine University is a dynamic, growing university with a strong liberal arts focus in the Catholic higher education tradition and a bold vision for the future. Bellarmine has undergraduate and graduate enrollment of approximately 3,200 students and continues to add new academic programs while maintaining small class sizes and personal attention to students. Bellarmine is listed in the Princeton Review's Best 387 Colleges and is recognized as a top U.S. university in rankings published by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes. In a survey by The Princeton Review, students praised Bellarmine as a place that is "welcoming to every single person and makes an effort to include everyone." Bellarmine students, faculty and staff engage in more than 25,000 cumulative hours of service each year, in Louisville and around the nation and world.

SmartAsset ranked Louisville among the top 25 U.S. cities for best work-life balance, while workplace insights platform named Louisville one of the top five U.S. cities for happy employees. Glassdoor recently recognized Louisville as one of the top 15 cities for jobs, based on hiring opportunity, cost of living and job satisfaction. ZipRecruiter calls Louisville a top 10 city for job seekers, thanks in part to its central location and low unemployment. Louisville is within a day's drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population.

Deeply embedded in the heart of Louisville, Bellarmine is an engaged partner expanding learning opportunities, enhancing career networks and economic growth, and advancing equity and quality of life for its neighboring communities. By connecting the campus, the community, and the curriculum through engaged scholarship and action, we enhance social and civic engagement, including faculty, staff, and student-led, asset-based initiatives.

Bellarmine is committed to core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Bellarmine will demonstrate a fully realized and lived commitment to equity and inclusion, empowering all members of its increasingly diverse community and supporting them to achieve their full potential.

Bellarmine is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants with diverse backgrounds to apply.

Job Description:

Bellarmine University is seeking an Assistant Director of Stewardship to work closely with colleagues in the Development and Alumni Relations office. The Assistant Director of Stewardship will help manage Bellarmine's comprehensive and strategic stewardship program.

In this role, the Assistant Director of Stewardship will:

  • Provide reporting on the university's endowed funds
  • Help nurture donor relationships through various milestone acknowledgements
  • Support unique donor experiences through personalized recognition, events, and storytelling
  • Partner with colleagues to support the creation of content for digital and print communication opportunities to connect with donors
  • Oversee the editing process, and supervise research, drafting, and mailing of personalized and timely stewardship reports to donors on endowed and current use funds
  • Track donor membership in Bellarmine's various giving societies
  • Communicate with the Office of Financial Aid to assure appropriate students are matched to Bellarmine's named scholarship/fellowship funds, prepare student award letters, and track and mail student thank you letters
  • Oversee the management of data recorded regarding stewardship reporting responsibilities and reporting information in the alumni/donor data base
  • Identify and resolve any issues related to the administration of reporting funds
  • Lead university stewardship events, e.g. Heritage Society
  • Partner with development officers on the development of gift proposals and other tools developed to engage major and principal gift donors and prospects in philanthropic opportunities
  • Oversee a master stewardship calendar and manage information tracking process to ensure that all gifts requiring personalized acknowledgement and stewardship receive it in a timely manner
  • Provide support for the Board of Overseers
  • Note:

    This job description identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by their supervisor.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Self-motivated and desire to work individually and as a team for the betterment of the University as a whole.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills for the engagement, solicitation, and stewardship of donors.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills to build relationships across diverse populations and constituencies.
  • Ability to work across multiple technology platforms and systems.
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years of Development experience or related experience in sales, marketing, or customer service
  • Additional Information:

    Bellarmine University is committed to core values of diversity, equity and inclusion and embraces diversity in our workforce among members of faculty, staff and administration. We remain committed to affirmative actions, policies, procedures and attitudes necessary to continue to build and retain a diverse and equitable workforce. We will demonstrate a fully realized and lived commitment to equity and inclusion, empowering all members of our increasingly diverse community and supporting them to achieve their full potential. As part of Bellarmine's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we will seek to ensure that all aspects of employment, including recruitment, selection, job assignment, training, compensation, benefits, discipline, promotion, layoff and termination processes remain free of discrimination based upon race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other protected class.

    Application Instructions:

    Bellarmine University requires COVID-19 vaccination for all students, faculty and staff. Individuals may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information may be found at https: // www.


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