Associate Director of Athletics Fundraising and Engagement

Colgate University
Hamilton, NY

View more

Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Alumni Relations & Development, Athletics

Job Details

Job Category:


Position Title:

Associate Director of Athletics Fundraising and Engagement

Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time


Office of Advancement


Annual Giving

Department Statement:

Colgate University, a top-ranked liberal arts college, is seeking an Associate Director for Athletics Fundraising and Engagement to play an integral role in supporting the spendable fundraising efforts for, and engaging the Colgate community around, its 25 Division I varsity programs.
Founded in 1819, Colgate University is a small, highly selective residential liberal arts college for students of talent who are preparing for lives of leadership and productive citizenship. Colgate enjoys a strong tradition of philanthropy and engagement, both at large and as relates to its athletics programs and among varsity alumni. On an annual basis, more than 50% of Colgate alumni engage with the University through philanthropy, volunteering, and engaging with online and in-person programs. Engagement among varsity alumni outpaces that of the alumni body at large, and more than $2m in spendable support for Colgate athletics is raised each year.
Colgate University has just embarked upon its third century and is on the eve of launching a comprehensive campaign. At this pivotal moment in the University’s history, Colgate is seeking an Associate Director of Athletics Fundraising and Engagement to complete the team of advancement staff focused on the athletics-specific aspects of annual giving and alumni relations initiatives and programming, with the ultimate goal of securing the support needed to ensure our student-athletes continue to compete on every field, in every arena.
The person in this role will develop and execute a comprehensive strategy for engagement with volunteer support groups; support a number of athletics volunteer committees; assist in the implementation of marketing strategies to increase participation among former varsity athletes; assist with the execution of athletics engagement events; manage a stewardship plan for athletics in collaboration with coaches. The successful candidate will possess strong communication and volunteer management skills, the ability to collaborate with a variety of entities, and be detail oriented.


Accountable for meeting advancement and relationship objectives for alumni, coaches and other constituents. Accountable for assisting in the execution of an annual strategic plan for athletics fundraising and engagement, including marketing, volunteer outreach, and analysis. Accountable for achieving pre-determined alumni giving and fundraising goals for athletic teams and projects. Responsible for effective management and engagement of athletic support group volunteers.


Data Synthesis and Use


Demonstrated expertise in relevant datasets sufficient to identify errors and inconsistencies in reports and data tables. Demonstrated expertise in data analysis sufficient to leverage effectiveness in pursuit of individual goals. Demonstrated ability to effectively articulate data needs with specificity with respect to fields and tables.


Opportunity Closing


Demonstrated ability to execute assigned tasks in fund raising and/or engagement opportunities that consistently add value to the execution of the steps to close the opportunity in defined area for defined targets including Annual Giving, Athletics, and others. Ability to learn from opportunities that do not close and adjust going forward.


Proposal Advancement


Demonstrated ability to create and execute proposals, events, and programs that consistently achieve targeted goals and objectives of an assigned department. Demonstrated ability to identify and successfully pursue opportunities (and/or engagement) with assigned constituents (e.g. parents, alumni, foundations) and level (e.g. major donor).
Demonstrated ability to consistently craft proposals and influence constituents to contribute and/or engage toward key institutional priorities.


Relationship Building/Management


Demonstrated ability to execute a relationship building model for a specifically defined and assigned function within IA including Annual Giving, Athletics, and others.




Demonstrated ability to effectively access and navigate relevant technology systems such as databases and CRMs, etc.


Athletics Fundraising


Demonstrated ability to strategically plan fundraising initiatives for an NCAA Division I athletics program. Proven track record of creating and maintaining positive relationships with donors and demonstrated ability to develop, plan and execute athletic fundraising initiatives.


Personal Accountability for Results


Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.


Effective Communication


Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.


Problem Solving and Decision Making


Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.


Change Management


Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.


Leadership and Teamwork


Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.


Creativity and Innovation


Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.


Diversity and Inclusion


Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.




Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.

Professional Experience/ Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will possess organizational savvy, an ability to establish and execute plans, and experience motivating internal and external stakeholders to achieve mutual goals. 2-4 years of experience in fundraising, sales, or marketing is required.

The ability to handle confidential material with utmost discretion, and the ability to use IBM Laptop computers and relevant software applications, such as E-Mail, MSWord, MSExcel, and a comfort level with database management are critical.

A demonstrated ability to execute programs and meet measurable goals. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team are critical.

Must possess strong judgement skills, and the ability develop solutions expediently. An ability to articulate the value of a liberal arts education is essential.

Candidates must be capable of working collegially and effectively with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors on a daily basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Previous annual fund/alumni relations, sales or marketing experience in a university or athletic setting is preferred.
- Previous experience managing and motivating volunteers.


A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required.

Requisition Number:




Work Schedule:

Weekdays, with occasional evenings, overnights and weekends.

Job Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


EEO Statement:

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act:

The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at [email protected]. You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:


Colgate is a nationally recognized liberal arts college set on a beautiful campus in central New York.

Some 2,900 undergraduates are enrolled in 54 programs, taking advantage of the university's award-winning curriculumoff-campus study program, and numerous research opportunities.

Students enjoy small class sizes taught by expert faculty members -- not teaching assistants.

The university’s strategic plan offers a blueprint for turning today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders, joining the scores of alumni already playing major roles in a variety of fields. The Center for Career Services is a key player as students make this transition.

Colgate hums with activity. It is a place where the arts thrive. Student-athletes compete at the very highest level of NCAA Division I sports. There are dozens of club and intramural sports programs, and the college’s outdoor education program is second to none.

Above all, Colgate is about academic excellence. It is a tradition forged in 1819 and honed through the years by each class of select students.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students, staff, and faculty in local, national, and global communities. At Colgate, we feel that a diverse and inclusive community is a cornerstone of educational excellence.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students, staff, and faculty in local, national, and global communities. At Colgate, we feel that a diverse and inclusive community is a cornerstone of educational excellence.

The Office of Equity and Diversity at Colgate is charged with fostering a diverse and collaborative community by increasing understanding, respect and inclusion. It is the mission of the office to support campus diversity initiatives with the goal of increasing understanding, respect and inclusion, and to ensure compliance with policies relating to affirmative action, discrimination, and harassment.  The university’s strong commitment to equal opportunity and inclusivity is clearly articulated in the diversity mission statement found here.  The university strives to provide an environment where everyone in our community can learn about, appreciate, and celebrate our diverse cultures and gain understanding, knowledge and skills to be engaged citizens locally as well as globally.

Colgate University fully subscribes to all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in private institutions of higher education. Colgate will not discriminate against any student, employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any complaint process at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies. This nondiscrimination policy covers both employment and access to educational opportunities.  It is the policy of the university to provide equal opportunity in employment and not to discriminate against any individuals with disabilities who are qualified for employment in the positions for which they apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

Find Us
United States

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert