Director of Research and Stewardship

Director of Research and Stewardship
Angola, Indiana


Reporting to the Vice President for University Advancement, the Director of Research and Stewardship is responsible for implementation and oversight of a comprehensive prospect research and donor stewardship program(s).

Essential Responsibilities

Prospect Research

  • Provide high-level research on individuals, corporations, and foundations using a wide variety of biographical, organizational and financial sources, including online database services, Internet websites, library and government sources and other external repositories of public information
  • Analyze and synthesize accumulated information to assess financial capacity, philanthropic tendencies, giving propensity and linkages to campus
  • Implement strategies to identify philanthropic patterns, tendencies, and relationships among individuals, corporations and foundations.
  • Extract and communicate key information which directs cultivation and solicitation strategies
  • Evaluate research results to develop and implement further research strategies utilizing ethical intelligence-gathering techniques of the information profession
  • Compose documents (profiles, biographies, project summaries) using style, grammar, and content appropriate to specific audiences to assist tracking, disseminating news and information about top donors and prospects to the appropriate fundraisers
  • Develop and execute strategies to ensure newly identified prospects are presented and assigned to appropriate campus fundraisers in a timely manner
  • Responsible for building prospect queries for the purpose of high giving capacity prospect identification, by utilizing data-driven software
  • Respond to a broad spectrum of high priority projects at the request of the Vice President
  • Meet multiple deadlines while working on several concurrent projects


  • Envision, execute and lead a comprehensive stewardship program
  • Oversee all stewardship operations, including but not limited to Acknowledgment Letters, Endowment Reporting, Scholarship Stewardship, Faculty/Staff Stewardship, Recognition Societies, Naming Opportunities, Stewardship Events, Leadership Volunteer Stewardship and Engagement, and Individual Donor Reporting and Plans
  • Design, implement, and evaluate metrics and data related to all stewardship activities and operations in conjunction with the Vice President and other senior staff members
  • Develop, manage, and execute programs that steward and engage key constituent groups including but not limited to: donors recognized through annual, planned giving and life-time recognition societies, key leadership volunteers, donors to scholarships, and faculty/staff donors
  • Conceptualize and execute appropriate virtual and in-person donor recognition activities and events in collaboration with the Vice President and other members of the Advancement team
  • Oversee the preparation of invitation lists, sponsorship invitees (on behalf of the VP), mailing lists and data reports for use in all stewardship activities
  • Provide the highest level of responsiveness and customer service to internal and external constituencies

Other Duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Successful experience in stewardship and research or related fields or comparable profession.
  • Proven experience in program management with track record of success.
  • Goal oriented with ability to provide direction, supervision, and motivation to staff and volunteers.
  • Strong oral / written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong strategic thinking and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to successfully manage multi-functional areas.
  • Self-motivated with a strong work ethic.
  • Strong decision-making skills, ability to work with confidential information; tact and discretion are essential.
  • Ability to travel as needed.


Trine University offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Benefits offered include:

  • Health – medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs, flex spending or HSA accounts
  • Retirement – after one year of full-time service you are eligible for employer contribution of 5% and up to an additional 5% employer match
  • Life Insurance – a variety of voluntary life options are available along with employee life insurance (1½ times annual salary)
  • Education – after 6 months of full-time service education benefits are available for employee, spouse, and dependent children
  • Vacation and Sick Pay – in accordance with Trine's policy


The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Trine University is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, genetic information, citizenship status, military status, or any other basis prohibited by law, unless such basis constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification.  Trine will comply with its legal obligation to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and for religious beliefs.