Donor Relations Senior Associate

· Albuquerque, New Mexico
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation 45K-55K

About the Albuquerque Community Foundation: The Albuquerque Community Foundation (“the Foundation”) is a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) public charity created by and for people in the greater Albuquerque area. The Foundation administers a permanent community endowment comprised of many gifts, large and small, and uses the earnings from that endowment to make grants to other nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. We serve primarily the four-county area of Valencia, Bernalillo, Torrance and Sandoval; however, our vision is to be a leader in community philanthropy. Our leadership spans local, state and national collaborative efforts and our donor-advised fund holders make grants statewide and nationwide. We enable people with philanthropic interests to easily and effectively support the issues they care about - immediately or through a planned gift. We invest in the long-term well-being of nonprofit groups and bring people and organizations together, convening diverse voices to address local issues and opportunities. Our business is building community through equitable practices to support the Foundation’s overall mission, vision, strategic objectives and commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Position Overview: Under supervision of the Vice President of Philanthropic Advising, works to further the programs, goals and strategies of the Foundation and the Philanthropic Advising department. Specifically, supports the Vice President of Philanthropic Advising in developing and maintaining the Philanthropic Advising and donor relations plan and programs. Ensures that each group of donors has a plan for engagement, communications, events, and individual meetings. Helps to identify priorities and strategies for donor relations meetings. Serves as a point of donor relations and philanthropy for the organization, and ensures that all associated activities undertaken by Philanthropic Advising support the Foundation’s overall mission, vision, values and strategic objectives.


-  Assist and implement Donor Relations Philanthropic Advising Programs

o    Organize map of audiences, engagements, and events

o   Maintain and track electronic records in CSuite for donors

o   Organize planning around content, purpose, and potential for each program

o   Plan, coordinate, and implement events including the pre and post strategy

o   Identify and strategize around new programs

o   Coordinate joint programs with other departments (Community Impact, Marketing)

O Pull lists, print, and facilitate donor-related mailings

o   Facilitate the Philanthropic Advising Committee in coordination with other staff liaisons

Philanthropic Advising Programs

Existing Fundholders

o   Facilitate VP of Philanthropic Advising and Community Impact department in providing recommendations to donors

o   Respond to requests for information or engagement from donors

o   Track metrics for department goals and facilitate weekly departmental meetings and monthly department goals check in

o   Work with other staff to plan one annual Donor Appreciation party

o    Assist annual donor engagement programs such as Trolley Tours, Lunch & Learns, Speaker Series and others as needed

o   Lead staff on acknowledgement and weekly calls to donors

o   Support the Partners in Philanthropy annual communications and engagement

o   Coordinate strategy for identifying and cultivating Partners in Philanthropy transfer to Heritage Society

o   Lead staff to respond to current donor inquiries & schedule VP’s meetings with donors on a regular basis

o   Update CSuite notes, opportunities, data and tasks on donors

o   Maintain accurate donor records including salutations, recognition, contact information and affiliations in CSuite

o   Process special mailings

o   Proof and revise documents and correspondence as needed

-        Organizational Endowment & Designated Beneficiary Fundholders

      Strategize around resources and opportunities to provide to nonprofit partners in terms of development & advancement

-        Corporate Partners (CP)

o   Assist acknowledgment & engagement of current CPs

o   Work with VP to strategize annual CP transition plan

-        Professional Advisors

o    Assist acknowledgement of Professional Advisors

o   Track and acknowledge Professional Advisors who refer a new fund to ACF

o   Work with staff to plan Estate planning Conference (EPC)

o   Support plan of annual engagement for Professional Advisors

-        New Fundholders

o    Assist Philanthropic Advising to on-board New Fundholders

-        Giving Circles and Advancement Committee

o   Work with other departments to coordinate the events and regular cycle of the Foundation’s giving circles

o    Assist plans to achieve membership goals for each giving circle

o   Attend Advancement Committee Meetings and create infographic supplemental material for Committee meetings

Qualifications and Skills Required

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Three or more years of experience in nonprofit or social profit sectors preferred
  • Must be available to attend Advancement Committee, Board of Trustee meetings and the Annual Meeting as well as to attend Foundation donor/prospective donor events and interact positively with attendees
  • Proficiency in MS Office products
  • Develop knowledge and expertise in Community Suite software.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Work style characterized by self-motivation, initiative and integrity
  • Exhibit a professional, courteous and friendly demeanor
  • Engaging interpersonal communication style
  • Dependable and sound decision-making capability – a problem solver
  • Ability to prioritize competing time/schedule demands
  • Attention to detail
  • Holds oneself and others accountable for behavior, actions and results
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills (listening, interpersonal, oral, and written).
  • A high degree of professionalism, confidence, and flexibility that allows for working collaboratively and effectively with clients and colleagues of diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent ability to work independently and in a team environment; ability to develop and maintain a good working relationship with the Foundation staff, members of the community, elected officials, the media, colleagues in other foundations, and members of the nonprofit sector
  • Observe confidentiality of all Foundation business
  • High level of personal and professional integrity and ethics
  • Current valid New Mexico Driver’s License and insurable
  • Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen and background investigation


Work Environment

Work may be performed in an office setting within the Foundation or another organization or business office, private home or public gathering place.  Evening, weekend or irregular hours may be required.  Reimbursable travel throughout the four county areas comprising the Greater Albuquerque Metropolitan Area is required.  Occasional reimbursable travel outside that area may be required from time to time.


The Foundation operates with a small staff.  All staff members are expected to participate as needed in all areas.


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