Executive Director of Development, Daniel College of Business

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 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 Daniels College of Business. 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 Vivek Choudhury. 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.

Founded in 1908, Daniels is a top-ranked business college at one of the country's premier private universities and the oldest university in the Rocky Mountain West. With a rich history of excellence and innovation, Daniels is globally recognized as a leader in providing an immersive and engaged business education.

Grounded in ethics, Daniels educational experience not only teaches students, it transforms lives. Daniels is internationally recognized for integrating social, environmental and ethical issues into its innovative curricula. Daniels students, faculty and staff embrace service, outreach and personal integrity as they proactively tackle the tough business issues of our time. This curricular framework gives students the resources and insight needed to hit the ground running and enter the business world armed with knowledge, experience, and a strong ethical foundation.

Faculty members are nationally-recognized educators and researchers who excel at helping students apply classroom lessons to real-world challenges. Deeply engaged in the business world, they are thought leaders and influencers who are regularly consulted about marketplace trends and phenomena. The practical applications of the faculty's pioneering and interdisciplinary research extend far beyond the walls of academia and profoundly impact the public and private sectors worldwide. As they continue to pursue rigorous research, faculty are helping to make Daniels the standard-bearer for excellence in business education.

Dean Vivek Choudhury joined the Daniels College of Business on August 1, 2019, bringing with him a vision for significantly deepening relationships with the dynamic business community in the Rocky Mountain region. An innovative leader, Dean Choudhury has a great appreciation for the shifting landscape of business education and how it needs to evolve to address the changing needs of the business world. With a background in information systems, Dean Choudhury has earned the highest regard among his peers for his ideas about preparing students to be effective in our emerging technology-driven world.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience (Veterans with equivalent combination of military certification/education and experience may substitute for the degree qualification).
  • 7 years of paid fundraising experience, working within the full spectrum of development, including cultivation, gift solicitations, stewardship, and donor recognition.
  • 3 years of direct management/supervisory experience.
  • Experience fundraising within a university setting or similarly complex non-profit setting.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate Degree, preferably MBA or other business degree.
  • Experience fundraising for a AACSB accredited business school.
  • Experience directly staffing a dean (or equivalent unit-specific leader) in a complex organization.
  • Experience directly managing and inspiring high-performing professional fundraisers.
  • Demonstrated commitment to business education.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on November 1, 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 outlining your commitment to business education

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: 492748
Posted: 10/14/2019
Application Due: 12/13/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable