Assistant Director of Development

Boulder, CO
Jun 20, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Who we are:

The Office of Advancement at the University of Colorado offers talented fundraising executives, alumni engagement, development officers and support staff an incredible opportunity to do meaningful work at one of the nation's top public research universities.

We are a team of about 125 with a passion for inspiring donors to discover what matters to them. We catalyze world changing initiatives at CU Boulder and work closely with the other three CU campuses, a central university system and the CU Foundation to collectively promote the university's long-term sustainability and success.

The Assistant Director of Development designs, directs, and implements development activities within the College of Arts & Sciences, Graduate School and Research Institutes including regional development activities to increase engagement and support for the University. This position plans and carries out the institution's program of soliciting major gifts of $25,000.00 and above. A minimum of 2 years' fundraising experience and demonstrated success in raising gifts over $10,000.00 is preferred.

Where We Work:

Set in the foothills of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, CU Boulder is building a vision for Advancement that will support and propel the University to great achievements in research, education and innovation.

What your key responsibilities will be:
  • Cultivates existing and new donor relationships with individuals, corporations and foundations with the intent of sustaining and increasing donor engagement and support for the University.
  • Develops and manages a portfolio of 75-100 prospects capable of making significant gifts in order to secure gift commitments of at least $10,000.
  • Has goals relating to core metrics including the number of personal contacts, proposals, moves, assists and closures of gifts to be set with and approved by management.
  • Conducts regular in state and out of state travel.
  • Works closely with senior leadership to develop and implement fundraising strategies in order to meet established goals and objectives around regional assignments.
  • Facilitates productive relationships between donors and CU Boulder leadership, faculty and staff as appropriate to close gifts.
  • Works to ensure timely, accurate completion of proposals, pledges and fund agreements.
  • Documents prospect strategies, contact reports, and stewardship reports within donor database in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Identifies, evaluates and cultivates new prospects, and generates general correspondence to cultivate same.
  • Represents the CU Boulder Office of Advancement and College of Arts & Sciences/Graduate School/Institutes at University events in order to support the University and cultivate donors.

What you should know:

This position requires the ability to travel domestically and within the State of Colorado.

What we can offer:

Competitive starting salary, commensurate with skills and experience.

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 inspired. Be innotivative. Be effective. Be Boulder.


What we require:
  • A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum 2 years of nonprofit development experience (i.e., planning and executing events, annual fund, major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, public relations and/or communications).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Products, MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint; Salesforce, Advance donor tracking software.

What you will need:
  • Solid knowledge of fundraising techniques. Experience in higher education fundraising preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to develop and maintain interpersonal relationships.
  • Ability to analyze information and situations and solve problems.
  • Ability to handle sensitive information discretely and maintain confidentiality.
  • Must be able to organize and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must have the ability to work independently and collaboratively, and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Knowledge of current issues facing public universities and interests of assigned school, students, faculty, and alumni.
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit and manage activities of volunteer staff preferred.
  • Ability to travel both regionally and nationally; must have reliable transportation and valid driver's license.

What we'd like you to have:
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and soliciting donations from individuals, corporations and/or foundations at major gift levels ($25,000+).

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 30, 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-09973.
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 21, 2017

Closing Date: Jun 30, 2017

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00001866


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