Assistant Director of Development and Engagement, Watts College

ASU Foundation
Arizona, United States
$65,000.00 - $70,000.00
Closing date
Nov 3, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time
Who we want:

Assistant Director of Development and Engagement, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions 

The ASU Foundation, one of five nonprofit entities that make up ASU Enterprise Partners, is seeking an Assistant Director of Development and Engagement, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

The assistant director of development for The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is a professional who will work collaboratively with the ASU Foundation for A New American University (ASUF) and with leadership, faculty, and staff within the college.  Watts College is home to ASU’s most diverse student body, with the highest percentages of minority, transfer, and working students—and the largest community of first-generation college students. Watts College’s degree programs cover the spectrum of public service, including public policy, social work, criminology and criminal justice, nonprofit leadership, emergency management, community development, and more. We are preparing a workforce to take on complex issues. At the same time, our students are making a difference today. Through service-based learning, they put ideas into action.

The principal activity of this professional development officer is to identify, cultivate, and solicit individual and organizational funders in response to the needs of the college’s faculty and center directors. The assistant director’s effectiveness will be evaluated on the ability to achieve proposal goals and contact metrics consistent with the programs and prospects assigned. The assistant director reports to the Sr. director of development in The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. 


What you’ll do:

  • Work with college development team and academic leaders to assist and direct the implementation and coordination of fundraising opportunities.
    • 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
  • Use the ASUF prospect management and tracking system (Salesforce) to record and coordinate contacts and proposals
  • Ensure proper stewardship and recognition of donors in portfolio
  • Assist Watts 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 independently
  • 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
  • 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 work long hours to meet fundraising commitments. Local, regional, and national travel is required. 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, university club membership, 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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