Director of Donor Relations

Job description

University of Colorado Denver

Office of Advancement

Director of Donor Relations

Position #1242 - Requisition 13088

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

Office of Advancement has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Director of Donor Relations position.

As Colorado's only public urban research university, the University of Colorado Denver educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research and creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. CU Denver educates more than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and with easy access to the state's cultural, business and civic hub, our students benefit from immersive classroom and real-world experiences, supplemented by unparalleled internship and networking opportunities. As the most diverse research university in Colorado, our campus attracts top students and offers over more than 100 highly rated degree programs through eight schools and colleges, as well as more than 30 online degree programs. Home to over 40 research centers and institutes, CU Denver receives more than $25 million in sponsored research awards annually, allowing us to generate knowledge and create solutions to society's most complex problems. Read CU Denver Quick Facts here.

The Office of Advancement:

The CU Denver Office of Advancement helps move CU forward by matching donor passions with campus priorities. Charged with raising significant external funds each year to support student scholarships, educational programs and research initiatives, we forge relationships and foster connections among CU's faculty, staff, students, alumni and community to advance CU Denver's mission as one of the region's top assets. The advancement team is a hardworking and energetic team of fundraising, donor relations, alumni relations and administrative professionals, who are positive, collaborative and benefactor-focused. CU Denver launched a three-year, $15,000,000 scholarship campaign in early 2018, which will dovetail into a planned system-wide comprehensive campaign later in 2018.

Position Emphasis:

The Director of Donor Relations is responsible for developing and implementing customized stewardship plans for the university's highest-level donors. The position also provides strategy for and executes an institution-wide donor relations program that appropriately and consistently promotes interaction with and recognition of donors at all levels.

The position will facilitate positive and mutually-rewarding relations between the University and its donors; promote consistent and productive engagement with donors; partner with Major Gift Officers to determine the best strategies for effective stewardship of major donors; partner with annual giving staff to develop strategies for effective stewardship of annual donors; network with campus leadership, faculty, and staff to facilitate effective donor stewardship opportunities; plan and implement recognition events for major donors; and oversee other forms of donor recognition.

This position is part of a team that also includes a Senior Director of Advancement Communications and Donor Relations (to whom the position reports) and Donor Relations and Scholarship Coordinator. To effectively fulfill the responsibilities of the position, the Director will work collaboratively with the Vice Chancellor and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Advancement, Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, Major Gift Officers, Campaign Manager, Donor Relations and Scholarship Coordinator, and other Advancement and Alumni Relations staff. The Director will also interact with college deans, unit heads, faculty, and students.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Develops and implements innovative and effective stewardship plans for a portfolio of the university's top 25 donors, finely tailoring them to respond to the donors' interests and preferences.
  • Develops and implements institution-wide programs and procedures that are essential to enhancing donor relationships with the university and increasing the likelihood of continued contributions.
  • Partners with faculty and staff to facilitate opportunities for effective donor engagement with university personnel and programs and to ensure that philanthropic support is utilized in accordance with donor intent.
  • Oversees the development of gift agreements, coordinating with Development Associates and the CU Foundation.
  • Advises on strategy and facilitates content for a variety of stewardship and donor communications materials, such as impact reports, donor profiles, and newsletters.
  • Oversees or provides input on donor recognition activities, awards, and events, such as gift announcements, naming ceremonies, and the university's annual signature event.
  • Coordinates with the CU Foundation and CU System Advancement teams to ensure appropriate recognition in the Benson Society and other system-wide recognition platforms where applicable.
  • Serves as a campus contact for major donors, helping to resolve problems, questions, and concerns.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring range for this position has been established at $65,000 to $89,000 and is commensurate with skills and experience.

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


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • 5-7 years of experience in development, including stewardship of principal gifts.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5-7 years of experience in donor relations at an institution of higher education or a comparably complex organization.
  • Professional experience with developing and implementing stewardship plans.
  • Professional experience planning and implementing recognition events for major donors.


  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to think strategically about donor engagement and generate creative solutions and plans for stewarding high-level gifts in order to maintain and strengthen the University's relationships with donors.
  • Knowledge and ability to proactively create, implement, and coordinate a comprehensive campus-wide donor recognition plan, including developing and advising on complex and carefully orchestrated stewardship activities, events, and programs for the university's major donors.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with large groups as well as with individuals, and experience in a proactive, service-oriented position working closely with organizational leaders, high-level donors, and other VIPs.
  • Ability to manage multi-phase projects from inception to completion, to build consensus among team members, to balance multiple concurrent priorities, and to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Detail-oriented, well organized, focused and goal-oriented, with a high level of initiative and energy, and adept at problem solving and using judgment in situations requiring independent initiative and tact.
  • Excellent organizational and communication (oral and written) skills.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Required Application Materials: To apply, please visit: and attach: 1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV/resume 3. List of three to five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references) Questions should be directed to: Nickolas Chabot-Olson, [email protected]

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees. The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:Application Deadline: Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified, but preference will be given to complete applications received by April 20, 2018. Those who do not apply by April 20th may or may not be considered.

Job Category: External Relations

Primary Location: Denver

Department: D0001 -- Denver Campus - 30228 - ADM-CHAN Foundation Denver

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Mar 29, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Nickolas Chabot-Olson

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00001242





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Posted: 3/30/2018
Application Due: 5/29/2018
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