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Director of Development (Part Time) - Application Window Extended

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University of Colorado Denver
Office of Advancement
Director of Development – College of Arts & Media
Position #00734914 | Requisition #21128

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers *

The Office of Advancement has an opening for a part-time University Staff (unclassified) Director of Development. This position will work 20 hours per week and is eligible for benefits.

The University of Colorado Denver seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

As Colorado’s public urban research university, the University of Colorado Denver educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research, creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. CU Denver graduates gain the powerful combination of immersive classroom and real-world experience that are in demand today. The city benefits from well-educated, top talent and a new generation of knowledge that fuels the future of Denver and our region. We are CU in the City.

CU Denver offers more than 100 degree programs, from the bachelor’s to the doctoral level, in the heart of downtown. Here, more than 15,000 students pursue academic programs that range from global energy management to music industry studies to criminal justice. As part of the state’s largest public university system, CU Denver is a major contributor to the Colorado economy, with nearly 2,500 employees and annual economic impact of $800 million.  Read CU Denver Quick Facts here. 

Job Purpose:

The Director of Development is responsible for leading, developing and executing advancement efforts for the College of Arts and Media, which includes developing and managing relationships with gift prospects, and soliciting and stewarding major gifts to maximize philanthropic support for the College of Arts and Media . Serves as a philanthropic advisor and builds relationships within the university to facilitate meaningful connections for donors.

Impact & Influence:

In a centralized Advancement structure with a team of 22 professionals, the Major Gift Officer will grow the pipeline of major and principal gift prospects and donors by partnering with university administration, the Vice Chancellor of Advancement, Senior Director of Development, Deans, faculty, and other campus partners and collaborate with Donor and Alumni Engagement, Advancement Communications, Gift Planning, fellow major gift officers, and colleagues in central Advancement, including Research, Strategy, and Prospect Management. This position reports to the Senior Director of Development.

Key Responsibilities:

Approximately 75% of time:

  • Maximize the philanthropic potential of a portfolio of major gift prospects by soliciting and closing gifts that advance the mission of the University and the College of Arts and Media
  • Qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of 100 – 120 prospects, including individuals, corporations, and foundations, for gifts of $25,000+
  • Provide leadership and direction for the dean’s advancement efforts and for the efforts of others in the College of Arts and Media who are involved in fundraising
  • Align donor interests with the strategic priorities of the College of Arts and Media
  • Analyze prospect research materials to target likely donors of $25,000+
  • Ensure that contact reports are written and entered in a timely manner and utilized to gain the maximum value from future donor engagements
  • In addition to fundraising goals, the Major Gift Officer will be responsible for meeting specific process targets designed to assure a disciplined approach to building a successful major gift program, such as visits, proposals, and portfolio penetration
Approximately 25% of time:

  • Serve as an Advancement liaison to campus units:
    • Creating and implementing fundraising strategies for programs and initiatives in  the College of Arts and Media
    • Developing familiarity with campus and unit fundraising priorities
    • Working collaboratively with campus partners and Advancement colleagues to formulate plans for prospect engagement and identifying potential top donors not yet aware of or engaged with the university
    • Facilitating interaction between major gift prospects and campus and system leaders and faculty
    • Managing relationships with one or more volunteer members of the College of Arts and Media’s Advisory Board and the Chancellor’s Development Committee, engaging volunteer(s) in unit and campus fundraising activities
Perform other duties as assigned

Other Variables:

The position is highly visible and required weekends and evenings for attendance at special events, travel, dinners, athletic events, and entertainment.

The hiring range for this position has been established at $30,967.50 to $39,390.70 (at 50% FTE or 20 hours per week) and is commensurate with skills and experience. This position is NOT eligible for overtime.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package.  Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at https://www.cu.edu/employee-services.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of 5 years job-related experience in advancement, development, fundraising, non-profit work, or another field directly related to this position.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • MBA or MS degree in a related field
  • 5-7 years job-related experience in advancement, development, fundraising, non-profit work, or another field directly related to this position.
  • Experience in Higher Education
  • Experience and proficiency in Ellucian-Advance
  • Experience creating and executing strategy
Competencies/Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of major gift fundraising within higher education or similar environment
  • Knowledge of the arts and media and entertainment community
  • Superior relationship-building skills
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize, negotiate, and influence effectively
  • Effective interpersonal, strategic planning, administrative and organizational skills
  • Solid judgment and sensitivity to others
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a larger team
  • Familiarity with financial planning, tax and charitable gift laws, and planned giving vehicles and methods
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, enter and utilize relationship data for prospecting, soliciting, and stewarding.

Job Category: Development
Primary Location: Denver
Schedule: Part-time
Posting Date: May 5, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 5/7/2021
Application Due: 7/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time