The Parent Giving and Boulder Advancement Programs (PG/BAP) team
for the University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for
a Discovery Officer. The ideal candidate will help grow
overall engagement and fundraising results through teamwork,
creativity, problem-solving and leadership annual giving
solicitations. The Discovery Officer collaborates with the PG/BAP
team to help identify prospective major gift donors to more deeply
engage, cultivate and solicit philanthropic support for the
University. The Discovery Officer will also hold a portfolio of
Colorado-based leadership annual giving donors and prospective
donors from which they will qualify, cultivate and solicit support.
This entry-level fundraising position is an ideal role in
which to learn and refine the important foundational skills vital
in becoming a major gift officer. The Discovery Officer reports to
the Senior Director of Development.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a
culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students
dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We
are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and
individuals with disabilities. Who We Are The Office of Advancement
ignites the power of philanthropy among our constituents to fuel
the mission of the University of Colorado Boulder. Donors
contribute more than $150 million annually to our world-class
students, faculty, and programs. The PG/BAP team engages and
generates philanthropic support from parents, alumni and friends
that benefit our schools, colleges and programs, including Student
Affairs, Undergraduate Education, Financial Aid and the Office of
Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement. What Your Key
Responsibilities Will Be Team leader around discovery and
1. Builds on and refines systems and processes
to support four Development Officers’ (DOs) work to qualify and
cultivate a large base of donors and prospective donors. 2. On
behalf of Development Officers, thoughtfully communicates with and
acts as point of contact for large base of out-of-state,
high-capacity parents and donors. 3. Aid in Development Officer
work to engage parents, alumni and friends in major metropolitan
markets outside Colorado through digital and personal outreach.
Schedule face-to-face and digital donor meetings for DOs. Manage
details around meetings with the highest attention to detail. 4.
Use technical and analytical skills and evaluate large sets of data
and support DOs with donor research. Frontline
1. Maintain portfolio of approximately
50-80 donors and prospective donors to achieve individual goals,
including personal visits, gift solicitations, and stage moves, to
be set with and approved by supervisor. 2. Travel across the Front
Range to qualify, identify, cultivate and solicit existing and new
relationships with parents and donors capable of making gifts
annually of $2,500 - $100,000. 3. Works closely with PG/BAP senior
leadership to develop and implement fundraising strategies to meet
established goals and objectives around fundraising priorities. 4.
Facilitates positive relationships among donors and CU Boulder
advancement staff, campus leadership, and faculty, to close gifts.
1. Timely completion of
work across both essential functions. 2. Tracks and analyzes short-
and long-term trends in data to inform strategic decisions. 3.
Fully documents prospect strategies, contact reports, gift
solicitations and stewardship reports within donor database. 4.
Represents the PG/BAP team at events to support the University and
cultivate donors. 5. Supports stewardship and cultivation of donors
through personalized outreach, especially around Parent Leadership
Society and other annual events. What You Should Know We currently
offer a flexible schedule with weekly remote and in-office
Will travel monthly throughout Front Range. All University
of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with
COVID-19 vaccine requirement
. New employees must provide proof
of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within
30 days of employment. What We Can Offer The salary range is
$45,000- $50,000 annually. Relocation assistance is
available. Benefits The University of Colorado offers
medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO
Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest
employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher
education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder
What We Require
- Bachelor’s Degree or a combination of education and experience
- A basic knowledge of fundraising techniques. Fundraising
experience via internships or volunteer work accepted.
What You Will Need
- Motivated by developing partnerships and achieving success as a
- Proficient at analyzing information/situations and solving
- Has the highest level of integrity and the ability to handle
confidential information discretely.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively and adapt to
- Ease and comfort with meeting new people.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in person,
electronically and on the phone, with the ability to develop,
maintain and deepen interpersonal relationships.
- Inherently customer service oriented; understands the value of
helping people and has a growth mindset.
- Expert organizational skills and ability to track and manage
multiple projects simultaneously.
- Strong digital literacy especially as it relates to Microsoft
Office Products, MS Word, PowerPoint and especially Excel. Skilled
at working with a CRM.
What We Would Like You To Have
- Familiarity with CU Boulder and/or an alumnus/alumna of the
- Experience recruiting and managing activities of volunteer
- Curiosity about learning and ability to cultivate and solicit
donations from individuals at the major gift level.
Special Instructions Please apply by January