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Assistant Director of Development & Engagement, The College

ASU Foundation
Arizona, United States
$60,000.00 - $65,000.00
Closing date
Sep 17, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund, Major Gifts, Planned Giving
Employment Type
Full Time
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Who we want:

Assistant Director of Development & Engagement - The College

The ASU Foundation, one of five nonprofit entities that make up ASU Enterprise Partners, is seeking an Assistant Director of Development & Engagement for The College.

The assistant director of development for The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a professional who will work collaboratively with the ASU Foundation for A New American University (ASUF) and with academic leadership in the college.  With more than 130,000 alumni, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (The College) is the foundational core of the New American University, fostering educational excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry through our unique blend of programs in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. Over the past decade, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has grown to be the largest and most diverse unit at Arizona State University. In an effort to redefine a liberal arts and sciences education for the 21st century, we’ve built a forward-thinking platform. Our efforts have proven to be transformative and successful — a springboard for the launch of our 23 academic units, 95+ undergraduate majors, 140+ graduate programs and 47 interdisciplinary research centers and one-of-a-kind institutes.

The principal activity of this professional development officer is to be externally focused, with responsibility for engaging a portfolio of individuals, corporations, and foundations that have a potential affinity with ASU. The assistant director’s effectiveness will be evaluated on the ability to achieve financial goals and contact metrics consistent with the programs and prospects assigned. The assistant director reports to the ASUF associate director of development in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  This position will focus on both annual and major gift fundraising.      


What you’ll do:

  • Work with college development team and academic leaders to assist and direct the implementation and coordination of special fundraising opportunities by identifying, cultivating and soliciting annual, major and planned gifts.  Depending on previous experience, there may be a topical focus with a division.
    • Guided by the direction and scope of a prospect’s interest, collaborate with various faculty, institute/center directors, and unit-based and foundation-based fundraisers to leverage the maximum philanthropic potential of a prospect
    • Develop and submit written proposals, budgets, and other collateral materials as needed for securing philanthropic investments
    • Collaborate with various ASUF offices and functions -- including donor relations, research and prospect management, financial services, annual giving, and development – to advance prospect strategies
    • When appropriate, oversee the recruitment, organization and training of fundraising volunteers
  • Proactively manage a portfolio of annual and major gift prospects, developing and executing strategic prospect strategies leading to solicitation and investment based on the opportunities of each special assignment
    • Use the ASUF prospect management and tracking system (Salesforce) to record and coordinate contacts and proposals
    • Be responsible for core fundraising metrics including face-to-face visits with prospects, identification of new prospects, growth in cumulative giving from the prospect portfolio, major gift proposals submitted, dollars raised
    • Ensure proper stewardship and recognition of donors in portfolio
  • Assist The College development team in project and topical fundraising, and campaign planning and implementation as needed
  • 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

What you’ll need:

  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of development/fundraising, preferably in higher education
  • Strong and collegial interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing, and by phone
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding information related to Foundation and University business and confidential prospect information
  • Self-starter able to secure personal appointments and qualify new prospects
  • Demonstrated achievement in securing philanthropic investments
  • Ability to work both independently and 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
  • 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
  • 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 

Relevant qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and 2-5 years successful professional development and/or fundraising related experience, preferably in higher education: 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 or deadlines.


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. 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 may require some early mornings and evenings to accommodate meetings and events. This position currently requires you to work from the office.


Working equipment:

This position will require a Surface/laptop computer, a mobile communication device ($30 bi-weekly payroll reimbursement), business cards, and corporate credit card.


Contact us today.

For more information on the ASU Foundation, ASU Enterprise Partners or to apply for this position, visit our web site at

ASU Enterprise Partners and its subsidiaries is an equal opportunity employer that is firmly committed to promoting justice, equity, diversity and inclusion within our organization and throughout our sphere of influence. Because we embrace a spirit of innovation and achievement, we will endeavor to maximize the talent and potential of all employees, directors, and volunteers through bold and strategic action aimed at building success and a sense of belonging. All employees are expected to act in good faith to support these actions and to not impede the efforts of others to build a just, equitable, diverse and inclusive organization.

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