Director, Advancement Business Services

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 DUs 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. The University of Denver and DU Advancement deeply value inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of constituents. You can learn more about inclusive excellence at the University of Denver by visiting The Cultural Centers digital home. 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.

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement Services, the Director of Advancement Business Services oversees the administration and management of Advancements internal resources, inclusive of budget, IT and web operations, and space. In this capacity, s/he will imagine, develop, support, and maintain sustainable, best-practice systems and policies to support the efficiency and efficacy of the Advancement effort. As a key advisor to the Assistant Vice Chancellor and other leaders in Advancement and across campus, the Director provides insight and guidance on a wide range of resourcing strategies, challenges, and opportunities. S/he also partners closely with other Advancement leaders and colleagues to plan and direct administrative, financial, operational, and staffing activities for the organization. Additionally, this role serves as the primary liaison to the Controllers Office and Office of Budget and Planning.

Essential Functions

Budget Administration

  • Strategically manage the Advancement operating budget, ensuring that resources are leveraged effectively in the best interests of the University.
  • The Advancement operating budget includes four unique responsibility centers and a total of more than 80 specific programmatic budgets.
  • In close partnership with the Assistant Vice Chancellor and the senior leadership team, lead the budget modeling process for Advancement.
  • Develop growth models to leverage general operating and campaign resources to support division objectives.
  • Ensure that resources are allocated according to the needs and priorities of the division, implementing control systems to ensure compliance with DU policies and procedures, and serve as a strong partner to Advancement leaders in managing budgetary resources in their respective areas. This includes but is not limited to travel and expense management and salary budgeting.
  • Monitor division spending and operational savings and support managers in understanding and managing budgets allocated to their programs.
  • Develop monthly, quarterly, and annual reports to show the overall financial health of Advancement.

IT and Web Operations

  • Oversee IT support services to ensure efficient, effective, and nimble support for the division, including adapting to changing circumstances and demands while accommodating budgetary constraints.

Building Management

  • Lead space planning efforts for Advancement, including modeling short-term and long-term space plans based on the divisions staffing strategy.
  • Partner with the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Advancement leadership team to execute large and small-scale office moves.
  • Work with the University of Denver's Facilities Office to maintain the cleanliness, safety, and functionality of Advancement's physical spaces.
  • In this capacity, serve as a building manager and emergency coordinator for four primary office locations and the student call (telefund) center. Serve as a resource to supervisors across the division to promote compliance with specific risk management related policies, process, and procedures.

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).
  • Five years of office management and/or operations experience.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience directly managing complex budgets, including budget development, monitoring, and reporting.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in business, organizational development, or related field.
  • Office management and/or operations experience in an institution of higher education or non-profit environment.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

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




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Job No: 493245
Posted: 9/2/2020
Application Due: 9/25/2020
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable