Director of Development, CEAS

Boulder, CO
Jun 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Who we are:

Founded in 1893, the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at the University of Colorado Boulder is the second largest of seven schools and colleges at one of the nation's top public research institutions. The college's mission is to generate new knowledge in engineering and related fields, and to equip students from diverse backgrounds to become leaders and citizens responsible for the betterment of individuals and society. Our vision is to be a recognized world leader for excellence and innovation in engineering research and education, with an emphasis on inclusive excellence, active learning and global society.

CEAS seeks an experienced professional to join our Advancement team. This position is part of a professional and high-performing advancement team that generates philanthropic support and overall external engagement for the college. Through these philanthropic and engagement efforts, the college is able to attract the brightest students, support and grow our talented faculty and strengthen our overall academic and co-curricular programs as we build a foundation of excellence for the future of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, CU Boulder, and the state of Colorado.

The Director of Development coordinates, directs, and implements development activities within CEAS. This position manages a portfolio of prospects and carries out the institution's program of soliciting major gifts. The Director of Development may lead a particular fundraising activity or be responsible for a geographic region and work directly with the dean and greater Advancement team. Demonstrated success in raising gifts over $100,000 is desired.

What your key responsibilities will be:
  • Works to cultivate existing and new donor relationships with the intent of sustaining and increasing the relationship with the donor.
  • Portfolio Management: Manages portfolio consisting of a minimum of 100 prospects. Goals relating to personal contacts, number of proposed gifts, grants, and prospect identification to be set with and approved by management. Goals for number of planned giving donations will be established with management.
  • Develops and manages portfolios of individual prospects capable of making significant gifts in order to secure major gift commitments (at least $25K). Plans and implements programs that include measurable targets for each fiscal year (e.g., personal visits, stewardship activities, solicitations).
  • Works closely with University of Colorado (CU) faculty (may work directly with dean of school or college); and works directly with volunteers daily to develop and implement fundraising strategies in order to meet established goals and objectives. Facilitates productive relationships daily between donors and CU administrators, faculty and staff to ensure effectiveness of programs.
  • Works daily to ensure timely, accurate completion of proposals, pledges and fund agreements. Documents prospect strategies and contact reports, evaluates new prospects and generates stewardship reports and general correspondence daily to cultivate major gift prospects.
  • Represents the college at University events in order to support the University and cultivate donors.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be innovative. Be effective. Be visionary. Be Boulder.


What we require:
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
  • Minimum of 5 years of top level, successful fundraising experience.

What we'd like you to have:
  • Graduate degree in related field.
  • Familiarity with donor tracking software such as Advance, by BSR.
  • Demonstrated experience in raising gifts of $100,000 or more.

Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Please apply by June 28, 2017.

If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact the CU Careers help desk at All other job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact for this posting.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions:To apply, please submit the following materials to this posting at

1. A current resume.
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

Please combine materials into one document and upload as titled: Last-First-09869.
Please do not upload references at this time.

Job Category: Development

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 11007 - UCB Development Administration

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jun 14, 2017

Closing Date: Jun 28, 2017

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00001296


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