Executive Director of Development

Job description

Essential Functions


  • The Executive Director will develop meaningful and productive relationships with a portfolio of major, principal and planned gift donors including alumni, friends, and parents/families.
  • The Executive Director is responsible for engaging philanthropic support for priorities within their assigned school/college/unit. They will work primarily with major, principal, and planned gift donors assigned to their portfolio.
  • Collaborate with other development professionals across campus to effectively design and execute gift strategies.


  • In partnership with the program leaders and the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development, establish fundraising priorities based on each program's strategic vision. Identify and fully leverage interdisciplinary opportunities and shared goals between these key programs. Help educate colleagues and peers across campus on all priorities.
  • As a leader in DU Advancement, provide strategy, guidance, and direction in support of the mission, vision, values, and goals of the University of Denver.
  • Engage in the advancement goal-setting process for fundraising and engagement metrics.
  • Effectively and responsibly steward budgetary and other resources.

Partnerships & University Citizenship

  • Serve as an active and collaborative partner to all academic and student-focused departments and functions, central and unit-based advancement functions, and other campus colleagues, to foster strategic, effective, and collaborative fundraising practices.
  • Model "One DU" leadership.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to provide fundraising strategy and support to academic/organizational leaders.
  • Demonstrated ability to close major gifts ($50,000+) in a relationship-based culture.
  • Demonstrated ability to form and fully leverage cross-functional teams of colleagues, volunteers, and academic/administrative leaders toward closure of transformational gifts.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. Ability to represent the University of Denver, and its major initiatives and units, in a variety of capacities.
  • Proven ability to work with a high level of independence, maintain confidentiality, prioritize assignments, and manage time effectively.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills to foster and maintain effective relationships with colleagues, donors, volunteers, and University Officials.
  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse groups having competing interests and priorities within the University and community.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • 7 years of paid fundraising experience.
  • Experience securing major gifts by strategically managing a portfolio and fostering meaningful relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide fundraising strategy and support to academic/organizational leaders.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Higher education fundraising experience.
  • Experience working in university based parent giving program.
  • Experience working in student life or student services in a college or university setting.

Work Schedule

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

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through www.du.edu/jobs 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.

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: 000617
Posted: 3/21/2018
Application Due: 5/20/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable