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Assistant Athletics Director, Development

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Assistant Athletics Director, Development
Office of Development, Stanford, California, United States

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4286
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: L
Requisition ID: 91349

Stanford University is seeking candidates for the Assistant Athletics Director for Development to lead our annual fund, the Buck/Cardinal Club. Stanford's Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (“DAPER”) is the premier intercollegiate athletics program in the country. We are the proud Home of Champions! Stanford leads the nation with 128 NCAA championship titles, won the Men's and Women's Capital One Cup this year, and have brought home the Learfield Director's Cup 25 times. Our dedicated staff embody a culture of excellence, embrace our mission of scholar-athleticism and exemplify a relentless championship spirit. Our actions and staff are guided by the core tenets of the DAPER culture, “The DAPER Way,” which are: Embrace Scholar-Athleticism, Pursue and Revere Excellence, Lead with Courage, and Work Cohesively. To learn more about Stanford Athletics, please visit

The Assistant Athletics Director for Development is a member of the Office of Development (OOD) which advances Stanford's mission by raising philanthropic support from alumni, parents, families, friends, and institutional funders. Working in concert with volunteers and university leaders, OOD staff members strive to accelerate Stanford's purposeful impact in the world. Stanford is committed to a donor-centric approach to development. Every member of the Office of Development staff plays a role in providing the university's donors with the service and attention that ensures an exceptionally positive and fulfilling philanthropic experience.


Manage and assess the annual fund programs and activities for Stanford Athletics. Oversee a wide range of fundraising activities.

  • Oversee and responsible for annual giving programs. Programs include the Buck/Cardinal Club, sport specific giving, leadership giving, priority seating, direct mail and e-mail solicitations.
  • Design annual gift programs and goals targeted at increasing unrestricted support for Stanford Athletics.
  • Assess short and long-range plans for achieving program and fund goals, setting and monitoring the general budget for the team, and motivating, assisting and evaluating staff.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to promoting and supporting an environment of diversity and inclusion.
  • Manage annual giving officers and support staff, working with the team to maximize individual, program and department goals by providing oversight, guidance, strategic advice, training and mentorship.
  • Manage the Buck/Cardinal Club Board and liaise to its members, managing the Volunteer Prospect racking System (VPTS).
  • Interact with key volunteers, board members, leadership donors, students, Development Office managers, and senior staff.
  • Maximize efforts through partnering with class-based reunion giving program, class agent efforts, a young alumni effort, student education and a graduating class gift program.
  • Responsible for directly managing a portfolio of individual prospects with the potential to make annual and major gifts at leadership levels.
  • Serve as a staff liaison to various strategic initiatives for DAPER.
  • Serve as the DAPER Development liaison to select sports programs.
  • Regularly attend home athletic events to serve as an ambassador of the Buck/Cardinal Club, to maintain sufficient knowledge of sports programs, and to increase visibility with donors, prospects, volunteers, coaches, and student-athletes

* - Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and eight years of experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience. Four to six years of supervisory experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Significant experience managing a high-performing annual fund.
  • Proven record of accomplishment that demonstrates initiative, creativity, managerial and interpersonal skills. Well-developed leadership abilities and a willingness to take risks and solve problems creatively.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage, organize, motivate, and delegate to others, including volunteers. Proven success in managing, mentoring and retaining a professional fundraising staff. Ability to address performance issues as they arise.
  • Ability to articulate a compelling case for discretionary annual giving in a complex internal and external fundraising environment.
  • Strong experience in analyzing and interpreting data to drive strategies and the ability to conceptualize, develop, implement and assess strategic development activities.
  • The ability to build effective long-term relationships both internally and externally and the ability to articulate and advocate for institutional goals clearly.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the proven ability to collaborate, build team spirit, and achieve results within a diverse population that may possess competing interests, opinions, and/or expectations.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Certifications and Licenses:
  • Valid California Non-commercial Class Driver's License.

  • Occasionally stand/walk, light/fine grasping, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds, writing by hand.
  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks; frequently sitting; frequently use a telephone.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a California Non-commercial Class license.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Occasional work on weekends and evenings.

  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,


Stanford University is one of the world's premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives. We believe Stanford's future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Stanford University has changed the world, over and over again.

We are one of Silicon Valley's largest employers - and also one of the most unique. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. This passion makes Stanford an intensely creative, rewarding, and challenging place to work. At the same time, our traditions of respect and collaboration sustain a humane, supportive environment in which to pursue your life and your career. 

At Stanford you'll work with bright, diverse, dedicated people. You'll find encouragement to learn and grow. You'll enjoy excellent benefits and an outstanding environment.

Stanford Facts at a Glance

Opened 1891

Student Enrollment

  • Undergraduates: 6,980
  • Graduates: 8,897


  • 8,180 contiguous acres in six governmental jurisdictions
  • Nearly 700 major buildings
  • 97% of undergraduates live on campus


  • 5,300 externally sponsored projects
  • $1.33 billion total budget


  • 2,043 faculty members
  • 21 Nobel laureates are currently members of the Stanford community
  • 5:1 student to faculty ratio

Stanford University is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and persons with disabilities.

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