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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 University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures exceeding $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

Reporting to the Director of Development (DOD) and working with other staff and volunteers, the Donor Relations Manager is responsible for the stewardship of all donors to the library along with identifying and developing engagement programming for the library’s emerging constituencies. This role will contribute to the mission of library development by maximizing financial gifts and nurturing an environment that attracts and is conducive to planned and major giving.

We are looking for a unique combination of fundraising and strategic proficiencies  with a focus on donor stewardship, skilled data management and reporting, event planning  and exceptional customer service.

The Library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the library's mission.


  • Participate in strategy discussions with Major Gift Officer (MGO) and DOD to develop stewardship plans for donors
  • Process gifts, create gift acknowledgments and update donor records
  • Create donor impact reports on bi-annual basis for endowments and funds (including impact reports to Annual Fund donors)
  • Plan Library Development events including the Library's Annual Donor reception
  • Work with internal partners and the Office of University Development (OUD) on Gift in Kind (GIK) transmittal processes
  • Collaborate with University Annual Giving (UAG) partners and coordinate the library’s annual giving opt-in opportunities and campus wide annual events like Hail Yeah and Giving Blueday. 
  • Track new funds (greater than $10,000) and inform appropriate team members with fund amount, purpose and expectations
  • Respond to inquiries about fund purpose from donors and library staff
  • Work with Library Finance team on donor related activities and payments
  • Supervise the work of a student assistant
  • Be the primary lead for the donor database, including prospect research, infrastructure, protocols, data entry, gift processing and report writing
  • Travel for donor cultivation and stewardship events

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree and at least 5 years of development and fundraising experience preferably in higher education or in other complex institutions or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experienced with using customer relations management software
  • Experience running query reports and merging data
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to advocate for and cultivate an environment that supports diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEI&A)

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with DART (Donor Alumni Relationship Tool) software
  • Experience with Peoplesoft
  • Experience with Business Objects / SAP

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Additional Information

Appointment is anticipated at the Stewardship Office Intermediate or Stewardship Officer Senior classifications. The target salary range for this position is $58,000 to $65,000 for the Intermediate level, and $65,000 to $72,000 for the Senior level.

The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package including generous time off (24 vacation days per year, and 15 sick leave a year), matched retirement contributions with immediate vesting, professional

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.

Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


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COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.