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Executive Director of Development, Sturm College of Law

University of Denver
Denver, USA, Colorado

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About DU Advancement

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, outstanding faculty, 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 strategic 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 a rich diversity of constituents. You can learn more about inclusive excellence at the University of Denver by visiting the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. As a part of that effort, we are continuing to grow a team of inclusive, collaborative, inquisitive, innovative, ethical, transparent, and mission-driven advancement professionals who possess deep mutual respect for one another and for our shared profession.

About the Sturm College of Law

Founded in 1892, the Sturm College of Law is a nationally recognized leader in experiential legal education, with top 15 programs in advocacy, clinical training, and legal writing. The law school features internationally acclaimed faculty, talented and dedicated staff, outstanding and public-spirited students, and alumni who have achieved careers of distinction in law, business, government, and the non-profit sector. As Denvers only law school, the Sturm College of Law benefits from unique access to one of the nations most dynamic legal markets. Under Dean Bruce Smith, the law school seeks to build upon its significant and distinctive contributions to American legal education in the realms of experiential learning, interdisciplinary research, educational opportunity, access to justice, and global impact.

Position Summary

This position reports directly to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development and works closely and collaboratively with the Dean of the Sturm College of Law. As the University of Denver prepares for its next comprehensive campaign, this position plays a key role in developing and enhancing relationships with major-through-principal gift prospects and donors, discovering their philanthropic passions, and aligning them with the funding priorities emerging from the Sturm College of Law and the DU IMPACT 2025 strategic plan. The Executive Director will develop and mature a portfolio of major-through-principal gift prospects and donors to advance strategic priorities and achieve annual fundraising goals, set in collaboration with the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development and the Dean of the Sturm College of Law. The Executive Director will also collaborate with Advancement leadership, colleagues, and university administrators to establish short- and long-term strategies and monitor progress toward goals. The Advancement team is highly collaborative in its work and builds extensive value-added relationships with its campus partners.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent combination of education or work experience (Veterans with an equivalent combination of military certification/education and experience may substitute these qualifications 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.
  • Supervisory experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree.
  • Experience directly staffing a dean (or equivalent unit-specific leader) in a complex organization.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Some nights and weekends as required.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

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

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is 15.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $130,000 - $145,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.


Founded in 1864—just a few years after the city of Denver itself was founded—the University of Denver is one of the country's premier private universities.

The University's 125-acre campus, a few miles south of downtown Denver, is home to more than 11,500 students hailing from all regions of the United States and 83 other countries.

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