The Assistant Director of Development is an entrepreneurial and
collaborative fundraising professional who will join a growing and
dynamic fundraising team that is reshaping the philanthropic
program and culture at UConn Health. Together with the UConn Health
development team, they will fuel scientific research, medical
education, and patient care with impactful philanthropy The
Assistant Director serves as a development professional for the
UConn Health Center and the grateful patient fundraising
The Assistant Director is a frontline fundraiser primarily
focused on securing leadership ($1,000+) and major ($50,000+) gifts
for UConn Health. The Assistant Director will work with the Sr
Director on the implementation of annual development plans for
assigned clinical areas and will work closely with key faculty and
clinicians. The Assistant Director will also manage a caseload of
current and prospective donors and solicit them at giving levels
that achieve annual fundraising goals and propel UConn Health
UConn Health, comprised of John Dempsey Hospital, UConn School
of Medicine, and UConn School of Dental Medicine based at the
Farmington campus, is a vibrant, integrated academic medical center
that is in an era of unprecedented growth in all three areas of its
mission: academics, research, and clinical care. John Dempsey
Hospital includes the University Tower and the Connecticut Tower,
which combined has over 400,000 sq ft of clinical space and 169
patient rooms. The Medical School is ranked as one of the top 10
most diverse medical schools in the nation, with 400 medical
students, 300 graduate students, and 685 medical residents and
fellows. The Dental School has approximately 1700 alumni since the
first D.M.D class in 1972. Over 65% of the dental alumni live and
practice in the tri state area. Both Schools are celebrating their
50th anniversary in 2021-2022.
- Manage a caseload of leadership and major gift prospects and
donors from the grateful patient and grateful family
- Conceive and execute creative ways to engage prospects and
- Use moves management concepts and tools to qualify, engage,
solicit, and steward leadership major and prospects and
- Partner with the Sr Director, deans, center directors,
department heads, and members of the faculty and staff to create
annual fundraising plans with goals and metrics to achieve specific
priorities across UConn Health.
- Prepare funding proposals as needed.
- Work with the Foundation Prospect Management team to review
caseload assignments; track, analyze, and report on progress
against goals; complete quarterly reports; and recommend
enhancements to increase operational efficiencies, improve
communication, and increase donor engagement.
- Update and maintain contact reports in a timely manner and
implement next steps of moves process according to prospect/donor
- Collaborate with the UConn Health development team members and
the UConn Foundation central development programs staff to
coordinate fundraising priorities of UConn Health.
- Value the diversity of Foundation colleagues, UConn Health
faculty and staff, alumni, patients, families, and community
members and how that positively impacts the work of
- Other duties as assigned.
- Demonstrates the ability to personally solicit gifts at $10,000
or equivalent experience.
- Values diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
- Strong interpersonal skills, tact, and diplomacy. The ability
to build productive, beneficial relationships with a broad range of
- Strong written and verbal communications skills, including
ability to effectively communicate University priorities to donors
and prospects, and to positively represent the University and
- Ability to engender trust and confidence of donors and
prospective donors and to maintain confidentiality of donor
information; ability to represent the UConn Foundation to
prospects, donors, faculty, administrators, and others.
- Ability to handle multiple tasks, to assess and order
priorities, and to track details in a fast-paced environment.
- Familiar with the use of computers and information management
tools, such as CRMs (Blackbaud).
- Ability to work to the demands of the position, which may
exceed a 40-hour work week.
- Must be willing to travel; reliable personal transportation is
required for this position.
- Must possess a valid driver's license issued from state in
which employee resides. Employee must maintain at their expense,
automobile liability insurance coverage in the minimum amount of
$500,000 or a combination of umbrella and automobile liability
insurance coverage of $500,000. A certificate of automobile
insurance evidencing the limit, must be provided to the Foundation
at hire and annually thereafter.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor's degree
- 1+ years of experience in fundraising and/or relevant
- Competence in Microsoft Office suite and donor management
systems/customer relations management system (CRM)
The University of Connecticut Foundation is an
affirmative action, equal opportunity
employer, committed to fostering diversity in its