Executive Director of Donor Relations

University of Missouri - Columbia, MO
The University of Missouri seeks an Executive Director of Donor Relations to lead the university’s donor recognition, stewardship, and events team, overseeing a team of donor relations professionals that curate unforgettable experiences, build lasting connections, and inspire donors to support the University of Missouri. The Executive Director will provide oversight of the Board of Trustees of the Jefferson Club, comprised on volunteers who make cumulative philanthropic contributions to the university of at least $50,000.

Since 1839, and as Missouri’s only state-supported member of the Association of American Universities, the University of Missouri (MU) has been engaged in groundbreaking research and comprehensive academics that define its strength as a higher education institution. Today, MU supports 31,103 students in 300+ degree programs, including 97 undergraduate majors, 96 master’s degrees, 69 doctoral degrees, and over 70 certificates. Students work side by side with some of the world’s best faculty to advance the arts and humanities, the sciences, and the professions. At MU, scholarship and teaching are driven daily by a commitment to public service—the obligation to produce and disseminate knowledge that will improve the quality of life in the state, the nation, and the world. MU’s NCAA Division I Athletics program in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) has 550 student-athletes across 20 sports. There are 344,000 MU alumni living around the world, 185,000 of which remain in the state of Missouri, maintaining MU’s positive impact globally and locally.

On the heels of record retention and enrollment growth amidst unprecedented challenges facing higher education in 2020, the University of Missouri jumped 15 spots in the U.S. News & World Report list of top national universities, rising to 124 in the publication’s newest rankings of more than 380 public and private institutions. MU also moved up five spots, from No. 90 in 2020 to No. 85, among the Best Value Schools— a measure of colleges that offer the best value for students getting need-based financial aid. Additionally, the university climbed 13 spots to No. 86 among the Best Colleges for Veterans.

"This is an especially exciting time to be part of the growth and development of Mizzou Advancement. After completing two successful campaigns, we are embarking upon an effort to reshape Mizzou for the future: A campaign where big ideas will build upon a strong foundation. The Executive Director of Donor Relations will play a pivotal role in supporting our mission by curating unforgettable experiences, building lasting connections, and inspiring our donors to support the University of Missouri." — Erin Allen, Associate Vice Chancellor for Donor Engagement

For more information, including core competencies and qualifications, please refer to the full prospectus.