Associate Director of Development, Leeds School of Business

Boulder, CO
Oct 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Summary:

The Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder is accepting applications for an Associate Director of Development, Strategic Donor Communications. This position coordinates, directs, and implements development activities. With a focus on supporting significant gift proposals of at least $250,000, this person will support development officers as they cultivate significant gifts and work with Leeds leadership in communicating funding priorities.

Who we are:

The Leeds School consistently ranks among the top business schools in the country. Through a culture centered on integrity and excellence, Leeds is devoted to producing innovative, principled business leaders who are equipped to drive value, graduates who possess the analytical abilities and skills needed to succeed in a globally competitive marketplace, and students who are nurtured in academic programs by top-tier faculty and staff.

Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Advancement at the Leeds School, the Associate Director of Development, Strategic Donor Communications will join a dynamic growing team of Advancement professionals devoted to securing support for the Leeds School of Business's ambitious goals. Through exceptional writing, project management, and customer service, this team member will focus on partnerships with the dean's administration, faculty and staff as we seek to expand philanthropic support for the school's strategic priorities.

What your key responsibilities will be:
  • Partner with Advancement leadership and the Dean to strategically align and communicate funding priorities with donor passion and interests.
  • Cultivate internal relationships with the intent of: improving frontline fundraiser understanding of faculty and department needs; strengthening the relationship between divisions and the Leeds Advancement team; improving Advancement's ability to communicate school activities externally to funders; and strengthening/supporting faculty and staff connections to alumni, foundation and industry supporters.
  • Manage proposal creation for gifts of $250,000 and above: including internal data gathering, proposal writing, internal meeting planning to drive efficiently and effectively presenting the proposal.
  • Conduct research and independently incorporate changes, comments, and critiques from multiple reviewers using exceptional writing, and editing skills; exercise sound judgment with regard to strategy, appropriate points of emphasis, and persuasive impact.
  • Document contacts with faculty, alumni and friends. Evaluate new connections and recommend external contacts for Leeds Advancement team.
  • Goals relating to number of personal visits, group setting contact reports, referrals, and written projects (e.g. case language, one-pagers, and other Advancement collateral) to be set with and approved by management.
  • Maintain a clear understanding of all advancement and fundraising goals, strategies, and messages. Articulate this information appropriately and effectively.
  • Attend school and division events, lectures, and seminars to build a presence with key faculty and administration leadership and cross-campus partnership opportunities.
  • Represent the Office of Advancement at University events, as needed.

What you should know:
  • This position involves occasional work during evenings and on weekends.

What we can offer:

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 inclusive. Be effective. Be Boulder.


What we require:
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Minimum of 3 years of fundraising, higher education, or public relations experience.
  • Experience writing materials in support of fundraising and campaign priorities (i.e. white papers, case statements, brochures, newsletters, web content and other communications).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and internet navigation tools.

What you will need:
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with colleagues, donors, and the campus community.
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to write and edit compelling, clear, and accurate content to diverse audiences, for general publication.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive information discretely and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and set priorities in a fast paced environment; ability to work independently and collaboratively, and adapt to changing priorities.
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 October 23, 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-11304.
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: Oct 11, 2017

Closing Date: Oct 23, 2017, 10:59:00 PM

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00740091


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