Director of Development for College of Global Futures

ASU Foundation
Arizona, United States
Competitive Salary
Mar 03, 2021
Mar 25, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Who we want:

Director of Development for College of Global Futures

ASU Foundation, one of five nonprofit entities that make up ASU Enterprise Partners, is seeking an innovative and passionate Director of Development for the newly created College of Global Futures. As ASU’s newest college, CGF brings together the School of Sustainability, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and a new School of Complex Adaptive Systems. Together, these schools will explore the dynamics of complex, integrated social-ecological-technical systems in order to build a just, equitable future on a thriving, healthy planet. The new college is home to 1,400 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees offered on campus and in hybrid and online formats. The more than 100 faculty and 85 staff of the college will deliver an excellent learning and discovery environment for students and expand partnerships across ASU and around the world.

The director of development for the College of Global Futures is an experienced fundraising professional who works collaboratively with the ASU Foundation for A New American University (ASUF) and the dean of the college to lead the college’s comprehensive development program. Proactively managing a major gift donor/prospect portfolio, the director will foster significant philanthropic investments in the college by providing strategic direction to the academic leadership and collaborating with development colleagues across the university to promote opportunities to interested prospects. S/he must be a dynamic development leader with a proven track-record in development within higher education or the field. The director will report to the ASUF Vice President of Unit Development, has a liaison reporting line to the dean of the college, serves as a member of the college’s senior leadership team, and works closely and collaboratively with development colleagues across the university.

What you'll do:

  • Create and execute a comprehensive strategy for the College of Global Futures
  • Work with development colleagues, volunteers and academic leaders to identify, cultivate and solicit annual, major and planned gifts
  • Work closely with the dean, supporting the college’s fundraising priorities, and serve as a member of the college’s leadership team:
    • Guide the dean on identification and prioritization of funding opportunities within the College of Global Futures
    • Foster successful fundraising in the college by preparing the dean and others to participate effectively in development activities
    • Direct programs to encourage productive relationships with the college’s donors, prospects, and alumni, as appropriate
    • Oversee the college’s stewardship efforts
  • Proactively manage a portfolio of major and principal gift prospects regionally and nationally, developing and executing strategies leading to solicitation and investment that leverage the donor’s interests and connects them to the college’s opportunities
  • Develop and submit written proposals, budgets, and other collateral materials as needed for securing philanthropic investments
  • Be responsible for core fundraising metrics including high impact contacts with prospects, identification of new prospects, major gift opportunities submitted, and funds raised
  • Collaborate with various ASUF offices and functions -- including corporate and foundation relations, estate and gift planning, donor relations, research and prospect management, financial services, annual giving, and development – to advance prospect strategies and use the ASUF prospect management and tracking system
  • Participate, as a member of the ASUF constituent development team, in development activities on a university level and serve as a resource to development colleagues regarding the college’s fundraising opportunities
  • Plan and monitor an annual operating budget
  • Work in a fast-paced, results oriented environment with complex and evolving relationships and priorities
  • Assume other duties as assigned

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 Northern Arizona University inventions 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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Skills & Requirements

What you’ll need:

  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of development/fundraising, preferably in higher education or specific to the subject matter
  • Strong and collegial interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing, and by phone
  • Proven ability to lead projects and/or team members
  • Self starter able to secure personal appointments and qualify new prospects
  • Demonstrated achievement in securing philanthropic investments
  • Ability to work independently and as part 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
  • Ability to represent the institution well
  • An advocate’s belief in the vision of ASU as the New American University
  • Ability to prepare complex and detailed proposals and related materials
  • Attention to detail and thoroughness in completing assigned duties
  • Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and comfortable working in donor/prospect computer data base systems
  • Collaborative style, combined with the ability and desire to work in a team-based environment
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding information related to Foundation and University business and confidential prospect information
  • Strong and collegial interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing, and by phone
  • Documented success in personally implementing sophisticated, multi-year cultivation strategies that use a relationship-building and moves management approach leading to successful gift closure
  • Adept at navigating complex environments with evolving priorities and communication plans
  • Demonstrable experience in stewardship plans leading to additional investments
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to include early mornings, evenings and weekends to accommodate meetings and events
  • Ability to meet demanding work schedule expectations

Relevant Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and five to seven years successful professional development and/or fundraising related experience of increasing, preferably in higher education or specific to subject matter: OR, any equivalent combinations of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skill and abilities have been achieved.

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. This position will require travel to accommodate meetings and events.

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.

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