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Director of Development

University of Denver
Denver, Colorado
The salary range for this position is $91,000-$102,000.
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The University of Denver is currently seeking to fill two college-based Director of Development positions.

  • Director of Development, Sturm College of Law
  • Director of Development, Daniels College of Business

In preparation for the most ambitious philanthropic campaign in the University’s history, 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 DU’s 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 and prepare for a fundraising campaign with a bold and courageous goal.

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 Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. As a part of that effort, we are continuing to grow a team of inclusive, collaborative, inquisitive, innovative, ethical, and transparent 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 Denver’s only law school, the Sturm College of Law benefits from unique access to one of the nation’s most dynamic legal markets. Today, the Law School builds 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.

Bruce Smith is the 20th dean of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, having served in that role since July 2016. Previously, he was professor of law and Guy Raymond Jones Faculty Scholar at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was dean from 2009-14. In the latter capacity, he successfully completed a $50 million capital campaign; launched an innovative Chicago Program, three new clinics, and a postgraduate public interest fellowship program; and recruited a dozen new faculty members to campus. Dean Smith is an internationally recognized historian of Anglo-American criminal procedure and an award-winning teacher.

About the Daniels College of Business

Founded in 1908, the Daniels College of Business is the eighth-oldest business school in the country and the most recognized college in the Rocky Mountain West. The College is ranked among the best of the world’s top business schools. Poets&Quants ranked [email protected] No. 1 in Colorado and No. 12 nationally for best online MBA programs, while the Princeton Review ranked Daniels as No. 2 Best Green MBA program (2020). Daniels has long served as a training ground for numerous, distinguished professionals and has assembled extraordinary resources – an innovative curriculum, a business-savvy faculty, a global network of alumni, and offers degrees with specialized courses and comprehensive learning experiences.  Daniels faculty and staff are driven by the College’s foundation in ethical leadership and vision – “Pioneering business for the public good.”

The College includes nine schools and departments, ranging from finance, marketing, and accountancy to real estate, hospitality management, and business information and analytics, and is home to multiple innovative centers and programs, including [email protected], the Sales Leadership Center (SLC), and the Consumer Insights and Business Innovation Center (CiBiC), among others.

Dean Vivek Choudhury came to DU in August 2019 from the George Washington University School of Business, where he had been serving as associate dean for strategic initiatives and professor of information systems and technology management. His research interests include management of offshored/outsourced IT projects, trust in electronic commerce, and knowledge management.

Position Summary

This position reports directly to the college-based Executive Director of Development and partners with the Dean and the Director of Alumni Engagement. As the University of Denver prepares for its next comprehensive campaign, this position plays a key role in developing and enhancing relationships with major gift prospects and donors, discovering their philanthropic passions, and aligning them with the funding priorities emerging from the college and the DU IMPACT 2025 strategic plan. The Director of Development will develop and mature a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors to advance strategic priorities and achieve annual fundraising goals, set in collaboration with the Executive Director of Development and the Dean. The Advancement team is highly collaborative in its work and builds extensive value-added relationships with its campus partners.

Essential Functions


  • In support of the priorities of the college, manage a portfolio of major gift-rated prospects who have the capacity to give at the major gift level through strategic cultivation and stewardship, as measured by efficient and fast-paced moves management techniques.
  • In coordination with the college-based Advancement team and Prospect Management and Research, identify and qualify major gift prospects for the college and the University of Denver to strategically assess their philanthropic capacity and inclination.
  • Collaborate with other development professionals across campus to effectively design, execute gift strategies, and solicit prospects and donors.
  • Travel regularly to meet with donors in key markets across the country.

 Partnerships & University Citizenship

  • Serve as an active and collaborative partner to all academic departments and functions, central and unit-based advancement functions, and other campus colleagues, to foster strategic, effective, and collaborative fundraising practices.
  • Model One DU leadership.


  • As a leader in DU Advancement, provide strategy, guidance, and direction in support of the mission, vision, values, and goals of the University of Denver.
  • Engage in the advancement goal-setting process for the college, including fundraising engagement metrics.
  • Effectively and responsibly steward budgetary and other resources to advance the college and the University of Denver.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to form and fully leverage cross-functional teams of colleagues, volunteers, and academic/administrative leaders toward solicitation and closure of major gifts.
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to speak and write effectively and persuasively; draft compelling proposals and letters.
  • Experience strategizing with academic leadership or equivalent leadership to successful conclusions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with various stakeholders at all levels.
  • Proven ability to work with a high level of confidence and independence, to maintain confidentiality, to prioritize assignments, and to manage time effectively.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills that help foster and maintain effective relationships with colleagues, donors, volunteers, and University Officials.
  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse groups having competing interests and priorities within the University and community.

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).
  • 5 years of paid fundraising experience, working within the full spectrum of development, including qualification, cultivation, gift solicitations, stewardship, and donor recognition.
  • Experience and demonstrated success in raising major gifts of $50,000+ for an institution of higher education, large nonprofit, or similar complex setting.
  • Prior experience in donor management software (for example, Advance or Blackbaud).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a university setting.
  • Experience working through a major campaigns.

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

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) Friday, January 21st, 2022.

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 13.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $91,000-$102,000.

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 candidate’s 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.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


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