Assistant Director of Development

Job description

Who We Are:

University Advancement professionals build various levels of support and affinity for the intuition through a coordinated effort as part of the university's primary outreach to the community and region. This includes building support through community engagement and alumni outreach efforts, attendance at key community events, representation on important community initiatives and the creation of partnerships supporting the university's mission.

Assistant Director of Development

Coordinate, direct, and implement development activities for the broad campus and within a particular school or college for the institution. Responsible for planning, implementing, and coordinating fundraising activities for designated programs. Plan and carry out the institution's program of soliciting major gifts (typically between $10K - $20K.This position typically handles mid-level, moderately complex gift prospects, with the intent of cultivating, sustaining and increasing donor relationship.

*This is a two year limited appointment position, but may be extended longer with funding availability.

Job Duties:

Identifies donor prospects and conducts research to acquire background information on them:

  1. Demonstrated experience in successfully managing a donor/client portfolio, preferably in a university setting.
  2. Works to cultivate existing and new donor (individual, corporate, and foundation) relationships with the intent of sustaining and increasing the relationship with the donor.
  3. Work in concert with fellow Development Office personnel to effectively execute stewardship activities designed to enhance the relationship between donors and the University.
  4. Able to demonstrate a solid knowledge of fundraising techniques.
  5. Solid ability to cultivate and solicit donations from individuals at major gift level.
  6. Proven ability to conduct cold-calls resulting in future support for the institution.
  7. Ability to travel both in and out-of-state (15% out of state, 60% in state).

Creates and partners to implement strategic fundraising plan in line with CU Strategies:
  1. Ability to identify funding opportunities through strong research skills with a focus on funders interested higher education and community collaborations.
  2. Manage portfolio of donor prospects capable of making significant gifts in order to secure major gift commitments (striving for gifts of $10K or more). Plan and implement programs that include measurable targets for each fiscal year (e.g. personal visits. stewardship activities, solicitations).Provide necessary documentation and follow-up for donors and internal campus partners as needed. Accurately record development and donor contact reports in a timely fashion.
  3. Manage portfolio consisting of a minimum of 50 prospects. Goals relating to personal contacts, number of proposed gifts, grants, and prospect identification to be set with and approved by management.
  4. Goals for number of planned giving donations will be established with management. Must be able to handle high-profile and high net worth individuals with a focus on enhancing the donor experience.

Organizing and coordinating projects and events:
  1. Work closely on a daily basis with dean of school or college and faculty/program staff, as well as volunteers, to develop and implement fundraising strategies in order to meet established goals and objectives.
  2. Facilitate productive relationships between donors and CU administrators, faculty, and staff to ensure effectiveness of programs
  3. Demonstrated ability to manage numerous complex tasks simultaneously; anticipate and meet deadlines; use time effectively; problem-solve independently while keeping key parties aware; and function in a quick turn-around environment.
  4. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  5. Solid ability to contribute to a team-focused development group.
  6. Strong ability to recruit and manage activities of volunteer staff
  7. Other duties as assigned.

Direct administrative services and develop policies and procedures:
  1. 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.
  2. Solid ability to communicate verbally and in writing, and develop and maintain interpersonal relationships.
  3. Solid ability to analyze information / situations and solve problems.
  4. Solid ability to handle sensitive information discretely and maintain confidentiality.

Perform administrative and clerical support of the competency database:
  1. Solid knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and database management software.
  2. Ability to use software including Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint), Database Management Software (BSR-Advance). *Computer skills may be subject to testing/verification.
  3. Portfolio Management: Manages portfolio consisting of a minimum of 70 prospects which will need to be identified/developed by the incumbent. 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.

Job Competencies:
  • Ability to prioritize, organize and perform multiple work assignments simultaneously
  • Knowledge of project planning and development. Plan, organize, and monitor projects
  • Knowledge of strategies and technologies that allow business to be conducted via the web
  • Practices that describe results in measurable ways to assist in making business decisions
  • Use of office support, desktop tools (Word, e-mail, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Ability to perform assigned responsibilities with minimal to moderate supervision
  • Generate productive relationships with internal and external partners
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships

For the purposes of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) this position has been determined to be exempt from (not eligible for) overtime under FLSA.

Salary Range: $48,000-$52,000 (This is a two year limited appointment position, but may be extended longer with funding availability, and proven strong success).

The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living, and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree or additional years' experience in this field can be substituted for the degree on a year for year basis for individuals who have a degree in process.
  • Minimum of 1-2 years of successful fundraising experience or similar experience and transferrable skills from private industry is required.

Preferred Requirements:
  • Previous knowledge of Database Management Software (Advance).
  • Experience in Software Utilized: Microsoft Office Products; Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint; and BSR-Advance.
  • Graduate work in related field strongly preferred.

    Special Instructions to Applicants:Applications submitted by September 9, 2017 will receive full consideration. Position is open until filled. • Applications submitted through email or surface mail will not be considered. Please apply at • Upon request, please be prepared to provide five references (at least two previous/current supervisors), including their email contact information. • Official Transcripts will be required upon hire

    Travel for in-person interviews will be reimbursed. If you are offered the job and do not accept, no reimbursement will be allowed. • The successful candidate must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States upon hire. • The University of Colorado Colorado Springs will not sponsor work visas or permanent resident applications for this position. • Telephone interviews tentatively scheduled for 11-15 Sept • On campus interviews tentatively scheduled for 4-8 Oct *Tentative start date of 1 Nov 2017

    Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Unofficial transcript(s)

    Job Category: Development

    Primary Location: Colorado Springs

    Department: C0001 -- Colorado Springs Campus - 40250 - University Development

    Schedule: Full-time

    Posting Date: Aug 25, 2017

    Closing Date: Ongoing

    Posting Contact Name: Tom Dewar

    Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

    Position Number: 00736891





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    Posted: 8/26/2017
    Application Due: 10/25/2017
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