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Director of Stewardship

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General Summary

The Alzheimer's Association National office seeks a Director of Stewardship' a newly-created position, initially responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive stewardship plan for principal and major gift donors. The Director will report to the Senior Director of Strategic Fundraising Initiatives and work closely with the Chief Strategy Officer, Senior Director of Major and Planned Gifts and other staff to design, implement and coordinate an association-wide stewardship program that appropriately and consistently promotes interaction with and recognition of donors. This position will be based at the National office in downtown Chicago. Estimated travel is 20-30%.

Essential Job Functions

  • Design and implement a proactive program for stewardship and donor relations.
  • Work collaboratively with principal and major gift officers on all stewardship activities.
  • Oversee stewardship strategy and execution, including cultivation events and other recognition activities.
  • Conceptualize and manage donor recognition opportunities.
  • Draft acknowledgements, agreements, and stewardship reports for principal and major donors.
  • Ensure the external reporting to donors on the impact of their giving.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Communications on all donor engagement communications and recognition materials.
  • Develop metrics and systems to monitor outcomes of each area of stewardship programming.

Minimum Requirements

  • BA degree, Advanced degree a plus.
  • 7-10 years of related non-profit fundraising experience.
  • Proven success in developing donor engagement and recognition plans, preferably in an academic medical center or related to medical research.
  • Demonstrated leadership in the donor engagement and recognition process.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, plan, and carry out activities independently to meet specific timelines and goals.
  • Keen understanding of working in a federated, non-profit structure.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends, and travel as needed.

Candidates who meet the above are warmly invited to apply online:


Or mail resume and cover letter to:

Send resume to:
Alzheimer's Association, Home Office
225 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60601

We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and we appreciate your interest in the Alzheimer's Association.




Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.