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Director of Development, Regional

University of Denver
Denver, Colorado
The salary range for this position is $85,000-$95,000.
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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, 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. 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 Cultural Centers digital home. As a part of that effort, we are continuing to grow a team of inclusive, collaborative, inquisitive, innovative, ethical, and transparent advancement professionals who value inclusivity and who possess a deep respect for one another and for our shared profession.

Position Summary

Three (3) Director of Development, Regional positions. Each position will serve one of three regions:

  • East Coast
  • Mid-West
  • West Coast

With a focus on all regions outside of Denver where there is a high concentration of potential prospects (East Coast, Midwest, and West regions). The Director of Development will be dedicated to helping DU grow and expand its base of philanthropic support from major gift prospects aligned with DUs top priorities. These new positions will report directly to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development and be based in Denver.

As part of a dynamic, collaborative, and innovative team supporting DUs top priorities in the region, the Director of Development will serve in a highly outbound capacity with a heavy focus (80%) on identification and qualification of major gift prospects through initial solicitations of gifts in the $1,000-$50,000 (Leadership Annual Giving) range annually. With a donor-centered approach, the director will cultivate, solicit, and steward prospects toward sustained giving at the major gift level and recommend for major gift cultivation. The key performance indicators for this position will be strategic qualifications, visits, solicitations, dollars raised, and major gift referrals. While the focus of this role is working with individual prospects and donors, the Director of Development will also work in partnership with the Director of Regional Engagement to support (20%) campaign programing and volunteer management, as well as communication within the regions.

Successful candidates will be highly collaborative, motivated, and skilled at building relationships. In addition, they will be deeply involved in the growth and expansion of DUs donor base across the university. The University of Denver is also unique in its academic portfolio, which boasts both strong undergraduate programs and experiences, as well as highly respected graduate and professional programs. Alumni identify with both the institution, as well as their specific academic units within it, and the Director of Development must be creative in their strategic approach with prospects to emphasize the intersection of those identities. The director will partner closely with colleagues working within the specific schools, colleges, and units to align strategies for the regional constituents. The regional team operates in a highly collaborative fashion with their colleagues in academic units and with the entire DU Advancement team.

Essential Functions

Grow and Expand the Base of Philanthropy:

  • Plan, design, implement, and evaluate strategies to successfully identify and qualify major gift prospects from existing pools of rated prospects into one or more of 6 categories (major giving, planned giving, annual giving, Leadership Annual Giving (LAG), volunteers, disqualified) measured by number of qualifications.
  • Utilize annual gift solicitations to determine major gift willingness and capacity, by cultivating and soliciting prospects for gifts between $1,000 - $50,000 (typically annually). Solicitations may be multichannel, as well as multi-year pledges. Metrics may include number of visits, strategic cultivations, solicitations, major gift referrals, and dollars raised.
  • 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.

Campaign Readiness:

  • Support campaign communication strategies in an assigned region
  • Provide support for campus leadership, as well as campaign volunteer leaders within assigned region related to campaign efforts and objectives


  • Work independently to manage a prospect pool in the assigned region. Coordinate development efforts with stakeholders across campus for prospects in the assigned region.
  • Effectively manage regional development operating budget, including monitoring transactions, promoting policy compliance, and assisting in budget modeling and forecasting processes in region.

University Citizenship:

  • Serve as an active and collaborative partner to all central and unit-based advancement functions and campus colleagues to foster strategic, effective, and collaborative fundraising practices. Contribute to team success and model One DU leadership.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Adept at using judgment and discretion in situations that require sensitivity and tact.
  • Demonstrated ability to form and fully leverage cross-functional teams of colleagues, volunteers, and academic/University leaders toward closure of transformational gifts.
  • Exceptionally high level of customer service skills.
  • Must be able to manage time well, particularly while managing competing priorities.
  • Must be able to work independently and as a part of a team.
  • Must have strong communication skills, including the ability to speak and write effectively and persuasively; draft compelling proposals and letters.

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 this qualification).
  • 3 years of fundraising or transferrable experience, including experience managing a donor portfolio.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit gifts from individual donors.
  • Experience and demonstrated success in raising Leadership Annual Giving level gifts ($1,000 - $49,999) for an institution of higher education, large nonprofit, or similar complex setting.
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively to assigned region.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience managing a major gifts portfolio.
  • Experience working in a university setting.
  • Experience working through a major campaign.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Nights and weekends as required. This position includes travel to assigned regions.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Monday, January 30th, 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 $85,000-$95,000.

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 based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


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