Assistant Director of Development

Colorado Springs, CO
Feb 20, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
*This job is currently open until filled*

University Advancement professionals build various levels of support and affinity for the intuition through a coordinated effort as part of the university's primary outreach to the community and region. This includes building support through community engagement and alumni outreach efforts, attendance at key community events, representation on important community initiatives and the creation of partnerships supporting the university's mission. 

Coordinate, direct, and implement development activities for the broad campus and within a particular school or college for the institution.  Responsible for planning, implementing, and coordinating fundraising activities for designated programs.  Plan and carry out the institution's program of soliciting major gifts (typically between $10K - $20K).This position typically handles mid-level, moderately complex gift prospects, with the intent of cultivating, sustaining and increasing donor relationship.

Who We Are:

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 9,500 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students.

Colorado Springs (pop. 450K+) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities and was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S.

 Job Duties:  

Identifies donor prospects and conducts research to acquire background information on them:
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully managing a donor/client portfolio, preferably in a university setting.
  • Works to cultivate existing and new donor (individual, corporate, and foundation) relationships with the intent of sustaining and increasing the relationship with the donor.
  • Work in concert with fellow Development Office personnel to effectively execute stewardship activities designed to enhance the relationship between donors and the University.
  • Able to demonstrate a solid knowledge of fundraising techniques.
  • Solid ability to cultivate and solicit donations from individuals at major gift level.
  • Proven ability to conduct cold-calls resulting in future support for the institution.
  • Ability to travel both in and out-of-state (15% out of state, 60% in state).
Creates and partners to implement strategic fundraising plan in line with CU Strategies:
  • Ability to identify funding opportunities through strong research skills with a focus on funders interested higher education and community collaborations.
  • Manage portfolio of donor prospects capable of making significant gifts in order to secure major gift commitments (striving for gifts of $10K or more).  Plan and implement programs that include measurable targets for each fiscal year (e.g. personal visits. stewardship activities, solicitations).Provide necessary documentation and follow-up for donors and internal campus partners as needed.  Accurately record development and donor contact reports in a timely fashion.
  • Manage portfolio consisting of a minimum of 50 prospects.  Goals relating to personal contacts, number of proposed gifts, grants, and prospect identification to be set with and approved by management. 
  • Goals for number of planned giving donations will be established with management.  Must be able to handle high-profile and high net worth individuals with a focus on enhancing the donor experience.
Organizing and coordinating projects and events:
  • Work closely on a daily basis with dean of school or college and faculty/program staff, as well as volunteers, to develop and implement fundraising strategies in order to meet established goals and objectives.
  • Facilitate productive relationships between donors and CU administrators, faculty, and staff to ensure effectiveness of programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage numerous complex tasks simultaneously; anticipate and meet deadlines; use time effectively; problem-solve independently while keeping key parties aware; and function in a quick turn-around environment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Solid ability to contribute to a team-focused development group.
  • Strong ability to recruit and manage activities of volunteer staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Direct administrative services and develop policies and procedures:
  • Works daily to ensure timely, accurate completion of proposals, pledges and fund agreements.  Documents prospect strategies and contact reports, evaluates new prospects and generates stewardship reports and general correspondence daily to cultivate major gift prospects.
  • Solid ability to communicate verbally and in writing, and develop and maintain interpersonal relationships.
  • Solid ability to analyze information / situations and solve problems.
  • Solid ability to handle sensitive information discretely and maintain confidentiality.
Perform administrative and clerical support of the competency database: 
  • Solid knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and database management software.
  • Ability to use software including Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint), Database Management Software (BSR-Advance). *Computer skills may be subject to testing/verification.
  • Portfolio Management:  Manages portfolio consisting of a minimum of 70 prospects which will need to be identified/developed by the incumbent. Goals relating to personal contacts, number of proposed gifts, grants, and prospect identification to be set with and approved by management.  Goals for number of planned giving donations will be established with management.   
Job Competencies:

  • Ability to prioritize, organize and perform multiple work assignments simultaneously.
  • Knowledge of project planning and development. Plan, organize, and monitor projects.
  • Knowledge of strategies and technologies that allow business to be conducted via the web.
  • Practices that describe results in measurable ways to assist in making business decisions.
  • Use of office support, desktop tools. (Word, e-mail, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Ability to perform assigned responsibilities with minimal to moderate supervision.
  • Generate productive relationships with internal and external partners.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

    What We Offer:

    Salary Range: Generally starting at: $52,277-$57,000

    The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid vacation and time off, and a tuition benefit. Information on university benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Total compensation goes beyond the value on the paycheck.  Please consider reviewing the Total Compensation page at Total Compensation Calculators | University of Colorado 

    Tentative Search Timeline:

    The potential dates for interviews with the search committee will be the week of 1- 15 May 2021The potential dates for interviews with the supervisor and appointing authority will be on 15-31 May 2021The potential employee start date is 15 June 2021 or 1 July 2021The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check. 

    UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

    Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date.  If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

    The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

    Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or additional years’ experience in this field can be substituted for the degree on a year for year basis for individuals who have a degree in process.
  • Minimum of 1-2 years of successful fundraising experience or similar experience and transferrable skills from private industry is required.Preferred Requirements:

    Previous knowledge of Database Management Software (Advance).Experience in Software Utilized: Microsoft Office Products; Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint; and BSR-Advance.Graduate work in related field strongly preferred.Physical Requirements:

    Exert up to 10lbs of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Involves sitting most of the time, but may involve moving for brief periods of time.

    Job Category: Development
    Primary Location: Colorado Springs
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Feb 18, 2021
    Unposting Date: Ongoing