Director of Development (Remote), Regional Advancement

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Position Summary

In order for the University of Denver to achieve an ambitious DU IMPACT 2025 vision, it is imperative that we strategically engage and involve the global Pioneer family in the effort of supporting and advancing the University. With over sixty percent of the alumni base living outside of Colorado and thousands of parents and friends across the country, success will partially be dependent upon our ability to build and sustain a cultivation strategy outside of Colorado. The University of Denver seeks to strengthen its global network of Pioneer supporters and ambassadors by establishing a sustainable advancement presence in five key markets across the United States. These regional teams will be based in the geographic areas they serve and will include a director of development, a market activator, and a part-time market fellow. The regional team will collaborate closely and frequently with the Denver-based DU Advancement team as well as other colleagues across campus. Regional offices will be anchored in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City and Washington, DC. Regular travel within the region is expected, along with quarterly travel to Denver.

Please note, this posting is for five (5) total positions. Each position is remote and will require candidates to live in, or be be willing to locate to: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City OR Washington, DC.

Regular travel within the region is expected, along with quarterly travel to Denver.

With a primary focus in their region, the Director of Development is a key fundraising professional for the University of Denver. They will manage a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects while also partnering with a campus-wide, Denver-based network of academic leaders, fundraising professionals, and other key partners to advance the University's top priorities, as expressed in DU IMPACT 2025. The Director of Development will develop and mature their assigned portfolio of major gift donors. This will include managing top prospects in pursuit of individual fundraising goals set annually in collaboration with the Executive Director of Development. Additionally, the Director of Development will collaborate with Advancement leadership and senior university administrators to determine and implement institutional fundraising priorities, establish short- and long-term strategies, and monitor progress toward goals. The Director of Development will serve as a key leader of their regionally-based team, and will be a visible and knowledgeable representative for the DU community through their interactions with individuals, at events and to partners across campus and in the community. The Director of Development will manage a portfolio of University-wide major gift donors and prospects primarily in their region. The role will involve designing, developing, delivering and administering fundraising strategies to grow our success in the region.

The University of Denver is unique in its academic portfolio, which boasts both a strong undergraduate experience as well as highly respected graduate and professional schools. Supporters identify with both the institution as well as specific academic units within it, and the Director of Development must be creative in their approach toward crafting fundraising strategies that emphasize the intersection of those identities. The director will partner closely with colleagues working within the specific schools, colleges and units to align fundraising strategies for the region. The regional advancement team will achieve its goals by working in a highly collaborative fashion with their colleagues in academic units and with the entire DU Advancement team.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • 5 years of paid fundraising and/or relationship-based sales experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Experience working in a University or similar non-profit environment.
  • Prior experience working in a regional model.
  • Established knowledge of the University of Denver.

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Evenings and weekends as required.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply. For questions about this position, please contact Kristin Love at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 10 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.




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Job No: 005905
Posted: 1/17/2018
Application Due: 3/18/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable