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Donor Relations and Events Manager

Posted: 06/26/2019

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is widely recognized as a crown jewel of our community, an appealing historical destination for visitors from across the country, and an important contributor to the rich cultural life of our city. The Truman Library Institute, the nonprofit partner of the Truman Library, provides financial, programmatic and creative support to help the Truman Library in a variety of ways. Funded entirely by private, philanthropic support, the Truman Library Institute's development operation raises $2 million per year in support of President Truman’s legacy and the wonderful experiences and resources that are available at the Truman Library. 

Thanks to the strong, effective work of the Truman Library Institute’s staff and leadership from its Board of Directors, the organization’s fund and friend-raising, program participation and brand has grown significantly over the past several years. With new strategic and museum master plans in hand, the Truman Library Institute is currently pursuing an ambitious $25+ million fundraising campaign focused on the renovation of the Truman Library in Independence and expansion of the Truman legacy in Kansas City and across the nation. The Donor Relations and Events Manager position will play an important role in supporting the Institute's development and outreach activities during an exciting time.
The Donor Relations and Events Manager is responsible for administrative operations of the development department, including donor cultivation and stewardship activities, event planning, gift processing and acknowledgment, and database management. This is a full-time position.
Detailed Responsibilities

Constituent and Donor Events 

  • Plan special donor events and populate other Truman events including lectures, exhibit openings, etc. with donors and gift prospects.
  • As a member of the event planning team, help organize Wild About Harry, the Bennett Forum, and other Truman Library Institute community events.
 Donor Relations 
  • Provide professional frontline customer service to donors – serving as an information resource for development activities, programs and events.
  • Interact with constituents on an as needed basis regarding gift questions, information, requests, etc.
  • Assist with development-related committee meetings: correspondence, mailings, meeting management and volunteer support.
  • Prepare special acknowledgements/correspondence to donors and members as part of an overall donor communications plans and individual prospective donor cultivation.
  • Work with development staff to craft and employ a comprehensive stewardship plan and protocols including, but not limited to, personalized donor recognition plans, post-event strategies, tracking and reporting.
Other Development Activity and Responsibilities
  • Perform development record keeping functions including gift processing and acknowledgement, run donor and gift reports and pull mailing lists.
  • Track constituent interactions and update records in donor database
  • Other development and organizational duties as assigned
Desired Qualifications 
  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Three or more years of experience working in a non-profit development setting.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to interact with donors and community members at all levels and represent the organization with enthusiasm, grace, and tact.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; able to work harmoniously as part of a small, hardworking team.
  • Demonstrated time management and efficiency skills; proven dependability.
  • Strong project management skills including ability to prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Self-motivated and willing to work independently; entrepreneurial self-starter who enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.
  • Available to work occasional evening and weekend events.
  • Strong computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office, required.
  • Raiser’s Edge/donor database experience preferred.

Salary Range
Excellent salary and benefits package available including health benefits and TIAA-CREF plan.
Application Process

All applications will be confidential and should include the following:
  • A letter of interest 
  • A current resume or vitae.
  • Minimum three (3) professional references with complete contact information. These references will not be contacted without the approval of the applicant.
Deadline for applying is August 3. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Applications may be submitted electronically to A hard copy may be mailed to:

Alex Burden
Truman Library Institute
5151 Troost Ave, Ste 300
Kansas City, MO 64110
No phone calls please.

Job Type: Full Time