Donor Relations Manager

    • Job Tracking ID: 512201-714604
    • Job Location: Hopkins, MN
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: December 18, 2019
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

The Blake School seeks to hire a Donor Relations Manager to join the Institutional Advancement Office.

Blake’s student body is composed of 1,360 pre-K to grade 12 students on three unique campuses in the Minneapolis metropolitan area. Blake’s mission is to provide students with an excellent, academically challenging education in a diverse and supportive community committed to a common set of values. Blake’s students are expected to participate in an integrated program of academic, artistic and athletic activities in preparation for college, lifelong learning, community service and lives as responsible world citizens.

Blake’s core values are respect, love of learning, integrity, courage and commitment to pluralism. The ideal candidate will be inspired by this mission and set of core values and be proud to join an institution which has, for over 100 years, produced thoughtful, well-prepared graduates who contribute leadership and service across professions and communities nationally and internationally.

Position Overview:

The Donor Relations Manager is an integral member of Blake’s Advancement team. This colleague thinks intensively about Blake’s donors and carefully arranges appreciation steps for supporters of the school. The successful manager spends the majority of their time coordinating effective stewardship activities, while also developing new and customized ways to honor donors. The manager reports to the Director of Annual Giving and works collaboratively with many members of Advancement. The manager also participates as a member of the reunion planning team, with volunteer management responsibilities for a small portion of reunion activities each year.


Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for managing all aspects of comprehensive donor recognition program
  • Lead development and implementation of a new integrated three-year stewardship plan
  • Prepare and manage the annual philanthropic impact report
  • Provide leadership to maintain and update, when needed, physical recognition spaces on campus, including annual giving, planned giving and campaign recognition
  • Manage all aspects of annual reporting to donors of endowed and current restricted funds
  • Lead a segment of volunteer management associated with reunion
  • Manage a small number of donor assignments (approx. 20) in support of the department’s stewardship and annual giving goals
  • Participate in school-wide activities and planning and help represent Advancement in the life of the school

Experience and Skills:

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two to four years of direct development experience, including annual giving, major gifts, corporate and foundation support, alumni and parent engagement or prospect research
  • Excellent project management skills and ability to work independently and accurately in support of annual work plan with time-bound results
  • Extremely high level of attention to detail and judgment in critical decision-making
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills - ability to interact with donors, alumni, students and parents in a polished professional manner
  • Strong computer skills and experience with relational database
  • Ability to work occasional evenings or weekends



  • Demonstrated experience in donor relations, including experience creating endowed fund descriptions, annual reports and endowed fund reports
  • Demonstrated experience managing naming opportunities, named spaces and physical recognition
  • Experience using Raiser’s Edge or Veracross software
  • Experience managing volunteers for special assignments or ongoing projects
  • Appreciation for mission of independent schools

Applications received by January 6 will receive first consideration.