Executive Director of Development & Community Engagement, Colorado Women's College

Job description

The Executive Director of Development and Community Engagement reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Development, and partners closely day-to-day with the Dean of the Colorado Women's College, their advisory board and team. This position is responsible for leading the philanthropic engagement of a variety of DU, CWC and community-based constituents. In that capacity, the Executive Director will manage a portfolio of donor and prospect relationships while also partnering with a campus-wide network of academic leaders, fundraising and engagement professionals, and other key partners to advance the priorities of CWC. The Executive Director will work diligently and creatively in pursuit of individual and comprehensive college goals set annually in collaboration with the Assistant Vice Chancellor and the Dean. Additionally, they will collaborate with Advancement leadership and senior university administrators to determine and implement fundraising priorities, establish short- and long-term strategies, and monitor progress toward goals. The campus-wide Advancement team is highly collaborative in its work, and the Executive Director will be expected to build and foster value-added relationships with campus partners.

The ideal candidate for this role will be motivated by building, fostering and deepening relationships across the entire continuum of donor development. They will possess an entrepreneurial spirit and skill set, which will empower them to address challenges and achieve goals with creativity and agility. Both the University of Denver and its Colorado Women's College are committed to moving quickly and resolutely toward achieving our vision; therefore, the candidate must also be energized by an accelerated pace in a fast-moving enterprise. This position requires a strong sense of organizational savvy and ability to manage the expectations of stakeholders with various, and sometimes competing, interests. Most importantly, the Executive Director of Development and Community Engagement for the Colorado Women's College will possess a strong personal passion for leading disruptive changes for the advancement of women and gender equity.

The Executive Director will have the opportunity to influence important social change by earning community support for innovative approaches to advancing gender equity and championing women's life-long learning and leadership development. Through this philanthropic support, the University of Denver and CWC are empowering women to be equal and cooperative participants, decision-makers and social change leaders in all areas of society; catalyzing collaborative research and programmatic endeavors that create knowledge, inform policy, transform practices and question existing paradigms in order to support gender equity and women's advancement; and convening collaborative work, training, and public dialogue that ultimately enables all people to realize their full talent potential.

The Executive Director of Development and Community Engagement serving the Colorado Women's College is a full-time, benefited, at-will position at the University of Denver. The university believes deeply in the work of the Women's College and the new model its bringing to life. This position is funded initially for three years, with a possibility of extension based on the successful performance of the incumbent and availability of resources.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • 8 years of paid fundraising experience and/or non-profit leadership or community engagement experience, inclusive of direct fundraising responsibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure major gifts ($50,000+) by strategically managing a portfolio and fostering meaningful relationships.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Experience working creatively across the full spectrum of the donor continuum.
  • Experience working in college-based or department-specific development role.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on June 3, 2019.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range:
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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




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Job No: 492437
Posted: 5/17/2019
Application Due: 7/16/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable