Executive Director of Development, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Job description

The University of Denver is building an advancement enterprise that mirrors the excellence of our great institution. Advancement efforts at DU have a tremendous impact through our relationships with DU's remarkable students, dedicated donors, inspiring alumni, engaged families, and wonderful friends. DU is committed to building and fostering a culture of deep engagement and philanthropy in support of our institution as we implement the DU IMPACT 2025 vision. As a part of that effort, we are continuing to grow a team of collaborative, curious, results-oriented, and mission-driven advancement professionals who value inclusivity and who possess a deep respect for one another and for our shared profession.

The Josef Korbel School of International Studies is one of the worlds leading schools for the study of international relations. Our innovative programs provide students the skills, knowledge and expertise needed to become global leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Since its founding in 1964, the Korbel School has challenged students to think independently and innovatively to create change. Indeed, graduates of the Korbel School are shaping the world and tackling some of todays most challenging issues. The Korbel School also houses the newly established Scrivner Institute of Public Policy, which will be building a strong public policy program with both a domestic and international focus.

Position Summary

The University of Denver is seeking nominations and applications for an experienced, driven, and passionate leader to join our advancement team as the Executive Director of Development serving the Korbel School of International Studies. This is a unique opportunity for a seasoned professional to join a dynamic, growing and purposeful enterprise united around a compelling mission charted by Chancellor Jeremy Haefner and Dean Fritz Mayer. The Executive Director will work with a community of talented professionals united to advance this mission, representing the bold ideas of our faculty to inspire philanthropy and engagement.

The Executive Director of Development reports directly to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development, and is housed alongside and works closely with the Dean of the Korbel School. This position plays a key role in developing and enhancing relationships with major and principal gift prospects, discovering their philanthropic passions, and aligning them with the funding priorities emerging from our remarkable academic centers and the DU IMPACT 2025 strategic plan. The Executive Director will develop and mature their portfolio of major gift donors in pursuit of individual fundraising goals set annually in collaboration with the Assistant Vice Chancellor and the Dean of the Korbel School. The Executive Director will also collaborate with Advancement leadership, colleagues, and university administrators to establish short- and long-term strategies and monitor progress toward goals.

The successful candidate for this important role will possess a deep commitment to elevating the state of democracy in the United States and abroad as well as a demonstrated ability to galvanize support to advance this cause. They will have a keen awareness and appreciation for emerging issues of security, sustainability, and the global economy, and a strong passion for the Korbel Schools work in developing a generation of leaders who will address them. The Executive Director will work in partnership with the Dean of the Korbel School to frame these (and other) complex issues and global challenges in ways that resonate with individuals and broad communities.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • 7 years of paid fundraising experience, working within the full spectrum of development, including cultivation, gift solicitations, stewardship, and donor recognition.
  • Previous supervisory experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate Degree, preferably in a field related to international studies or public policy.
  • Experience directly staffing a dean (or equivalent unit-specific leader) in a complex organization.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; some nights and weekends, as required.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on September 16, 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 the satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.




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Job No: 492637
Posted: 8/22/2019
Application Due: 10/21/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable