Associate Director Of Development/Director Of
Development for Athletics
Would you like to be part of a growing, dynamic team of
Advancement professionals who are on a mission to transform the
lives of our student athletes? Can you bring enthusiasm, experience
and passion for college athletics to a campus that has big
ambitions? Would you like to connect with alumni and donors across
the state of Washington, the pacific northwest and the west coast
to help engage them in our vision for the future?
Founded in 1891, Central Washington University (CWU) is a
public, four-year university located in Ellensburg, Washington. CWU
provides high quality undergraduate and graduate programs to over
10,000 students and employs about 1,800 faculty and staff. The
University has distinguished itself through its high-quality
teaching and academic programs and student-centered orientation and
approach. Central is committed to providing a range of research,
outreach, and international experiences for faculty and students
that includes lifelong learning opportunities.
Wildcat Athletics compete in NCAA Division II with six men’s
varsity sports teams and seven women’s varsity sports teams.
Tomlinson stadium, which hosts football, rugby and soccer recently
underwent extensive renovation and improvement funded by
philanthropic support. Construction is currently underway to
renovate the Nicholson Pavilion into a state of the art health
education building combining athletic and academic programs, funded
by state investment and donors.
Join us as either Associate Director (ADOD) or Director of
Development (DOD) for Athletics. This position is an exciting
opportunity for a frontline fundraiser to serve in a unit-based
leadership role at one of Washington state’s best comprehensive
universities with a growing advancement program. The fundraising
position is responsible for the identification, cultivation,
solicitation, and stewardship of new and existing donors and
prospects, including alumni, parents, friends, and other
constituents and has a dual reporting relationship to an Assistant
Vice President for Development and to the Director of Athletics.
The ADOD or DOD will focus on fundraising priorities articulated by
university department of athletics and university advancement
leadership. The ADOD has a focus on mid-level gifts and will manage
a portfolio of mid-level gift donors and prospects, with some
activity with major gift donors possible as their portfolio
grows. The DOD has a focus of activity on major gifts and
will manage a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects.
The ideal candidate will bring the following skills and
- An entrepreneurial, collaborative, and flexible leadership
approach who projects intellectual and social curiosity by asking
- A demonstrated understanding of the role of advancement as part
of highly functioning university, and ability to work closely
guiding academic leaders on planning and donor activity.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills with an inspiring
and persuasive ability, including superior written, verbal,
research, critical thinking, and presentation skills.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion with
success in working collaboratively with many constituencies.
Ability to bring multicultural perspectives and issues into
everyday conversations would be an advantage.
- Travel throughout Washington state and occasional out of state
travel is required.
- A bachelor’s degree is required, an advanced degree would be an
- Candidates for DOD will bring a minimum of three to five years
of direct fundraising experience including success in soliciting
and closing major gifts, and a proven record of effective
relationship building, in particular pipeline strategy and comfort
securing major and planned gifts.
- Candidates for ADOD will bring a combination of education and
experience in fundraising and a closely related field such as
corporate sales which clearly demonstrates the ability to perform
the essential functions of the job.
Associate Director of Development Salary Range:
$60,000 - $75,000/ Director of Development Salary Range: $80,000 -
To apply, navigate to this link: Careers at Central | Central
Washington University (cwu.edu) and search Job ID: 4884.