The Getty

Donor Relations Officer

Posted Date
4 months ago(1/15/2021 3:34 PM)
Requisition Number
Regular Full-Time
Position Status
Getty Center
Trust - 0121-Development
Targeted Hiring Range
$75,068.24 - $97,594.64 Annually
Commensurate with experience and internal equity

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Job Summary

The role of the Office of Development is to foster strong relationships with internal and external partners to enhance support for The J. Paul Getty Trust and its programs. The Donor Relations team is responsible for planning and executing a broad range of stewardship and development events and communication activities to support fundraising and advancement initiatives.


Reporting to the Director of Donor Relations, the Donor Relations Officer, Strategic Communication and Stewardship will develop and execute a creative, consistent, and donor-centric stewardship and development communications strategy. The incumbent will be a key part of the Development Donor Relations team, responsible for communicating Getty initiatives and achievements to donors, prospective donors, and institutional stakeholders through diverse channels. Through deep knowledge of Getty programs and institutional priorities, and solid working relationships with curatorial and content experts, the incumbent will be responsible for creating a variety of development and stewardship materials with a focus on written communication.


This individual oversees and manages development stewardship communications and works independently in a very fast-paced work environment with multiple priorities. S/he anticipates and proactively resolves problems, is a team player, and is flexible and adaptable. S/he delivers excellent customer service and works collaboratively with staff and colleagues across the Getty Trust, and must handle confidential and sensitive work with a high level of discretion, good judgement, accuracy and attention to detail.

Major Job Responsibilities


A key member of the Development Donor Relations team, s/he composes and produces a broad range of donor communications materials for a variety of constituencies, including high-level officials inside and outside the organization.


Must be a talented writer/editor who can pivot effectively between different projects, voices and channels, and able to represent the voice of different senior leaders in written and spoken communication (drafting talking points, formal letters, and informal notes).


The incumbent will create and develop content for print, web, video, and other media. Examples of writing assignments include letters, brochures, remarks, proposals, reports, e-newsletters, event collateral and other stewardship materials. S/he will research and identify content and conduct interviews of donors, contributing to The Getty magazine, Getty Donor Digest, and internal communications platforms. 


The incumbent will:

  • Support projects that motivate prospects and/or steward existing donors, including researching and writing gift acknowledgments, stewardship reports and updates, proposals, and other communications to key groups of prospects and donors.
  • Maintain a comprehensive repository of content from acknowledgements, gift proposals, briefings, priority papers, and news articles and assist fundraisers in identifying compelling information to present to donors.
  • Collaborate with fundraisers and stakeholders across the Getty to shape philanthropic messages and effectively communicate those messages to donors and prospects.
  • In collaboration with Donor Relations Director and DR colleagues, project manage the development and implementation of a plan for specialized reporting to donors, such as annual donor impact reports, personalized stewardship communication materials, and honor rolls.
  • Draft other donor correspondence and various documents on behalf of the VP of Development.



  • Produce communications for donor stewardship events, including leadership remarks, briefings, and other collateral as needed.
  • Working with donor relations team, manage stewardship communications calendar, draft content and oversee production of donor communications and marketing stewardship materials.
  • Independently conduct research for stewardship initiatives; work with staff in development and across campus to coordinate stewardship activity and tracking.
  • Proactively monitor the stewardship needs of donors and help to implement development communications and stewardship plans to support fundraising efforts.


  • Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience. Exceptional writing ability and flawless copyediting and proofreading skills.
  • 5+ years administrative, event or writing experience preferred in a fast-paced environment, preferably in a nonprofit or academic environment.
  • Writing samples to include correspondence, reports, articles.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to write development-related materials.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills to quickly and accurately produce reports, letters, invitations, and spreadsheets. Knowledge of basic web communication techniques, vehicles and formats.
  • Deep knowledge of the Getty, institutional priorities and organizational structure.
  • Superb client management skills, including the ability to identify client needs and deliver creative solutions. Excellent analytical and information management skills, including the ability to conduct research in development databases and systems and manage information using Excel and other applications.
  • Experience in project management related to communications
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and commitments at the highest level.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt communication style to a variety of audiences (public, boards, peers) to ensure optimal impact of ideas.
  • Sound judgment in situations requiring independent decision-making and in handling confidential and sensitive material.
  • Working knowledge of protocols and institutional etiquette related to donor relations.

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship or immigration status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected status.