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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Associate Director, Donor Engagement will serve as a member of the Top Donor Engagement team. An integral part of the Michigan Medicine Development organization, this team will work closely with colleagues to develop and maintain proactive, timely and innovative strategies for nurturing life-long relationships with Michigan Medicine’s most visionary and thought-leading donors and prospective donors (top donors). The Top Donor Engagement team will effectively cultivate and steward donors in such a way that inspires them to renew and increase their support in future years by delivering high-quality service as well as project management, strategic planning and implementation support. The ideal candidate will be collaborative, strategic and have a sophisticated understanding of major gift work in a complex setting


  • Work collaboratively with Senior Leaders, Major Gift Officers and others in creating and implementing cultivation, engagement and stewardship strategies for top donors to achieve fundraising goals.
  • Lead strategic conversations about how to engage and maintain the strongest relationships possible with Michigan Medicine’s most committed philanthropists and highest priority prospects.
  • Create, implement and maintain a portfolio of engagement plans for Michigan Medicine’s portfolio of top donors to track opportunities that enhance relationships and drive fundraising.
  • Maintain and update stewardship plans in the database.
  • Develop and maintain tracking systems through databases, spreadsheets and profiles to ensure accountability for the top donor engagement process.
  • Prepare monthly reports that measure successes and provide pipeline reporting.
  • Work collaboratively with other development team members, faculty and leadership and exercise sound judgment in managing relationships to meet the philanthropic objectives of the donor while supporting the mission of Michigan Medicine.
  • Through collegial consultation and cooperation, demonstrate and be a model of collaboration in the development community, while representing Michigan Medicine Development values and its unique role at the University of Michigan.
  • Work in collaboration with stakeholders to identify and solve problems. Respond to questions/concerns and take appropriate action to resolve issues internally and/or escalate them appropriately.
  • Attend Development Department meetings as appropriate (all-staff meetings, team huddles, team meetings, Major Gift team meetings, etc.).
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Five or more years of accomplished experience in Development, preferably in the area of individual donor management and fundraising.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of sound judgment and diplomacy, with a commitment to confidentiality.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, both written and oral, as well as a high-level of sophistication and maturity in social and professional settings.
  • Strong project management and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as a proven record of working collaboratively with others.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet challenging and changing deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop good working relationships with internal and external constituency groups and to work collaboratively with colleagues in a team environment.
  • Detailed-oriented with strong anticipatory instincts; a self-starter who takes initiative with excellent follow-through.
  • Strong commitment to philanthropy at Michigan Medicine.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Proficiency in use of MS Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Sophisticated knowledge of fundraising in a non-profit organization; preferably in Higher Education and Academic Medical Centers.
  • Experience with DART or other similar donor management system.
  • Knowledge of the University of Michigan organization, policies and procedures.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.