Executive Director of Development

USA, Denver, Colorado
Apr 07, 2017
University of
Faculty Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Denver is nurtures the creation and dissemination of technical and scientific knowledge and capabilities to enhance the quality of life for the global society. The Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science will be recognized throughout the world as a preeminent institution of innovative teaching and learning. The School will create and organize education, research and outreach networks in order to recognize, understand and respond to the evolving technological needs of the world community and global economy.

The University of Denver is building an advancement enterprise that mirrors the excellence of our great institution. Advancement efforts at DU have a tremendous impact through our relationships with DUs remarkable students, dedicated donors, inspiring alumni, engaged families, and wonderful friends. DU is committed to building and fostering a culture of deep engagement and philanthropy in support of our institution as we implement the DU IMPACT 2025 vision. As a part of that effort, we are continuing to grow a team of collaborative, curious, results-oriented, and mission-driven advancement professionals who value inclusivity and who possess a deep respect for one another and for our shared profession.

Project X-ITE is staking out new ground where innovation, technology and entrepreneurship intersect. Its a cross-disciplinary initiative, the first of its kind at the University of Denver, to ignite new ideas across the University and beyond, to build exciting, impactful partnerships with creative thinkers and doers in industry and government. The Project will leverage its location at the heart of Colorados thriving high-tech innovation economy to collaborate directly with industry and thought leaders. Project X-ITE will be an activator for promising new projects that emerge throughout and beyond the University and it will also curate a series of lectures, discussions and other events large and small, becoming a platform for conversations between great minds in innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.

Position Summary

The University of Denver is seeking an experienced, driven, and passionate fundraising leader to join our Advancement team as the Executive Director of Development serving the Ritchie School of Computer Science and Engineering (RSECS) and Project X-ITE. This is a unique opportunity for a talented fundraising professional to join a dynamic, growing and purposeful enterprise united around a compelling mission charted by Chancellor Rebecca Chopp, Dean JB Holston, and Executive Director Erik Mitisek.

The successful candidate will possess the experience, entrepreneurial spirit, and familiarity with technology and innovation networks that will enable him/her to be a key part of our team. The Executive Director will creatively approach high net worth individuals in the DU community and beyond, to match their passions with new ideas for philanthropic partnerships and engagement. This is a unique opportunity for a seasoned professional to join a dynamic, growing and purposeful enterprise. The Executive Director will work with a community of talented professionals united to advance this mission and inspire philanthropy and engagement. This position is highly collaborative, and will work closely with faculty, staff, and students at both the Ritchie School and Project X-ITE.

This position reports directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development within DU Advancement, and is housed in and works closely with the Dean of the Ritchie School. The Executive Director is a key fundraiser for the Ritchie School and Project X-ITE. S/he will manage a portfolio of major and principal gift donors and prospects while also partnering with a campus-wide network of academic leaders, fundraising professionals, and other key partners to advance the schools and projects top priorities. The Executive Director will develop and mature his/her own portfolio of major gift donors. This will include managing top prospects in pursuit of individual fundraising goals set annually in collaboration with the Associate Vice Chancellor. Additionally, s/he will collaborate with RSECS, Project X-ITE, and Advancement leadership as well as senior university administrators to determine and implement institutional fundraising priorities, establish short- and long-term strategies, and monitor progress toward goals. The campus-wide Advancement team is highly collaborative in its work and the Executive Director will be expected to build and foster extensive value-added relationships with his/her campus partners.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Valid driver's license
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of paid fundraising and/or relationship-based sales experience, with a proven track record of closing major gifts/deals.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide fundraising strategy and support to academic/organizational leaders.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure major gifts ($50,000+) and principal gifts of $1 million+ by strategically managing a portfolio and fostering meaningful relationships.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree.
  • Higher educations fundraising experience strongly preferred. Experience working in and/or leading a college based development environment.
  • Experience managing fundraising professionals.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through www.du.edu/jobs to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

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