Assistant Director of Development Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

ASU Foundation
Arizona, United States
Competitive Salary
Oct 07, 2020
Nov 05, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
    Who we want:

    Assistant Director of Development Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

    The assistant director will join a team of experienced development professionals to secure significant philanthropic investments for the Cronkite School at ASU. An externally focused development professional, the assistant director will work with alumni, parents, faculty and members of the community to secure major gifts in support of the Cronkite School's priority programs. She or he will be based at the Cronkite School on the downtown Phoenix campus and report to the Cronkite School's director of development.

    What you'll do:

      Work with development colleagues, academic leaders and volunteers to identify, cultivate and solicit major gifts in support of the Cronkite School's philanthropic priorities. Proactively manage a portfolio of major gift ($25,000+) and high-level annual gift ($10,000+) prospects regionally and nationally, developing and executing strategies leading to solicitation and investment that leverage the donor's interests and connect them to ASU's opportunities. Develop and submit written proposals, budgets, and other collateral materials as needed for securing philanthropic investments. Work with department colleagues to ensure proper stewardship and recognition of Cronkite School donors (e.g. gift acknowledgment letters; annual endowment impact reporting project). Work with members of the Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees on fundraising projects including the annual Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism Luncheon. Collaborate with department colleagues on select development events (e.g. annual Scholarship Celebration Brunch). Lead efforts to coordinate Cronkite's participation in university-wide fundraising initiatives (e.g. Sun Devil Giving Day). Be responsible for core fundraising metrics including high impact contacts with prospects, major gift proposals submitted and dollars raised. Use the ASUF prospect management and tracking system (Salesforce) to record and coordinate contacts and proposals. Participate as a member of the ASUF development team and serve as a resource to development colleagues regarding fundraising opportunities. Work in a fast-paced, results oriented environment with complex and evolving relationships and priorities. Other duties as assigned.
Position Qualifications:  What you'll need:

    Knowledge of and experience utilizing principles and techniques of development/fundraising, preferably in higher education Strong and collegial interpersonal skills, including an ability to communicate effectively in person and by phone Strong and detail-oriented writing skills Exceptional listener Self-starter able to secure personal appointments and qualify new prospects Demonstrated achievement in securing major gifts Demonstrable experience in stewardship plans leading to additional investments Ability to work independently and as a member of a team Problem solver who can take initiative and set priorities while being flexible Team-oriented strategist able to effectively manage complex situations involving numerous and sometimes competing constituencies Attention to detail and thoroughness in completing assigned duties Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and comfortable working in donor/prospect computer data base systems (Salesforce) Adept at navigating complex environments with evolving priorities and communication plans Ability to work a flexible schedule to include early mornings, evenings and weekends to accommodate meetings and events Willingness and ability to meet demanding work schedule expectations Ability to represent the both institution and the college well Belief in the vision of ASU as the New American University
    Relevant Experience: Bachelor's degree and 3-5 years successful professional development and/or fundraising related experience, preferably in higher education

How to Apply:  Who we are:

ASU Enterprise Partners is a private, nonprofit organization based in Tempe, Arizona, that serves as the resource-raising arm of Arizona State University. We represent a new, innovative and highly efficient model for diversified revenue generation, serving five distinct subsidiaries that provide support for ASU:

    ASU Foundation matches donors with their passions by raising and investing private contributions to ASU programs, faculty and students. University Realty LLC cultivates and advances commercial and residential real estate projects to support ASU. Skysong Innovations, ASU Enterprise Partners' technology transfer, creates a pipeline between ASU and the private sector. Enterprise Collaboratory at ASU equips faculty, staff and students to launch innovative and impactful initiatives rapidly. ASU Research Enterprise conducts applied research and consults for classified and midrange technology-readiness-level (TRL) services for the defense and security industry.
We employ a diverse team engaged in meaningful work, including fundraisers, designers, scholars, financial wizards, filmmakers, inventors, entrepreneurs and volunteers. Each member brings a different perspective to our vision, yet we share a mission to advance the most innovative university in the country.

Advance your career, too. Professional development is highly valued at ASU Enterprise Partners, where employees are encouraged to look across the organization and nurture new areas of interest. Roles often shift as passions are discovered.

Employees and eligible dependents enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision insurance; a 401(k) plan; and significant tuition reductions. More information is available about our benefits at:

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Mental demands:

Clarity of focus while juggling complex projects and/or deadlines.  Ability to meet demanding work schedule expectations.

Working conditions:

Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work. Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds. Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts. Working hours will include some evenings, weekends, and holidays. May be required to perform tasks in the field within and/or across University campuses. Ability to clearly communicate verbally, read, write, see and hear to perform essential functions.

Working equipment:

This position will require a laptop computer, telephone, mobile communication device ($60 monthly reimbursement), corporate card, university club membership and business cards.

Contact us today.

ASU Enterprise Partners offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurance; a 401(k) plan and reduced tuition at ASU.

For more information on ASU Enterprise Partners, visit our web site at

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ASU Enterprise Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer