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Senior Director, Annual Giving

Regis University
Colorado, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Aug 3, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Planned Giving
Employment Type
Full Time
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Senior Director, Annual Giving
Regis University

Northwest Denver Campus

Position Type:Staff

Scheduled Weekly Hours:40

Requested Start Date for this Position:08/01/2022 - 1 month to go

Campus Location:Northwest Denver Campus

Full-time or Part-time:Full time

Job Summary:Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving, the Director of Annual Giving manages the annual giving strategies for Regis University. The Director works closely with Advancement and University-wide units including academic units, athletics, marketing and communications. Directed work with external audiences for annual support appeals includes alumni, parents, donors, friends, faculty and staff.

Regis University offers a generous tuition benefit to employees, spouses, and dependents, as well as flexible work options. In addition, we offer Mission Leave to give employees the opportunity to volunteer in the community.

Working at Regis University
As Regis employees, we each have a responsibility to perform our work in alignment with the mission of the University, especially with its Catholic and Jesuit values. All employees are expected to both contribute to and strengthen the university's culture of respect, inclusion and equity for all members of our community.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please submit a resume, cover letter and list of references with your application. Current employees, please submit an application and requested documents by logging into Workday. Click on the Career Worklet and access the internal site.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provides leadership internally and externally for annual giving efforts for Regis University.
  • Manages 2-3 staff members including a student work study.
  • Works with the Advancement executive team to identify annual support goals and objectives.
  • Implements a comprehensive annual giving strategy and calendar for phases of annual giving including mail, phone, email, social media and other appropriate channels.
  • Develops partnerships and provides annual giving support and expertise to Regis departments including the three academic units, athletics, marketing and communications and the advancement team.
  • Oversees the coordination of a year-round donor relations and stewardship program to ensure all donors feel appreciated and above all respected by Regis University.
  • Works closely with the Assistant Director, Leadership Annual Giving to establish programming and grow the President's Circle giving (gifts of $1k-$50k).
  • Implements long-term strategies for building a case for support through various university communications opportunities.
  • Works closely with vendors to implement and manage annual mail/telemarketing campaigns and purchased services/programs.
  • Oversees the management of Regis University's Call-A-Ranger Phone-a-thon Program
  • Coordinates, implements, tracks, and evaluates annual solicitations, projects, and programs
  • Conducts on-going market research to identify and implement the appropriate approach to marketing annual support programs and Regis giving opportunities.
  • Assists in developing and implementing an annual faculty and staff giving campaign
  • Assists in developing and implementing an annual student giving campaign
  • Develops and maintains a working knowledge of Regis University and funding priorities to best articulate a compelling case for support to constituents.
  • Performs comprehensive analyses related to all aspects of the annual support program. Using the data collected, evaluates current programs and makes recommendations for program changes.
  • Provides regular reports for annual giving performance, projections and action items.
  • In collaboration with the major gift staff, identifies and develops prospects who meet an annual giving threshold or other criteria that would suggest potential for leadership annual giving and major gift activity.
  • Works in partnership with the AVP and Vice President for University Advancement to plan and oversee the annual giving budget.
  • Other duties as assigned.



Bachelor's degree, from an accredited institution of higher education.

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible related experience, preferably in higher education or non-profit organizations.
  • Demonstrated success in donor/client relations.
  • Ability to interact effectively and professionally with donors and University constituents.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality is essential.
  • Commitment to the Jesuit, Catholic vision and mission of Regis University.
  • Ability to represent and communicate the University's vision and mission to the public.
  • Strong writing and proofreading abilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office products and database systems.
  • Comfortable managing multiple projects simultaneously and accurately.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability, desire and willingness to work collaboratively in a team-based environment with internal and external constituencies.
  • Proficiency with fundraising databases, preferably Ellucian Advance desirable.

The following skills, abilities and physical requirements can be performed with or without accommodation.


Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Problem Solving — Identifying problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Law and Government — General knowledge of relevant laws and government regulations.

Mathematics - A working knowledge of quantitative skills and their application.


Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to reach a logical conclusion.

Ability to negotiate and manage conflict/dispute resolution processes.

Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (including finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Diversity and Inclusion - Ability to create and maintain an atmosphere of inclusive excellence that celebrates our diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and perspectives.


Hearing - The ability to focus on a single source of auditory (hearing) information in the presence of other distracting sounds and identify and understand the speech of another person.

Vision - The ability to see details of objects at a close range (within a few feet of the observer) and see details at a distance.

Mobility - The ability to travel easily between campuses or buildings within each campus.


Working conditions are normal for an office environment. Work may require occasional weekend and/or evening work. Some local, regional, and/or national travel is required.

Pay Rate:Up to $85,000/year commensurate with qualifications

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Since 1877, Regis University has been using our Jesuit background to provide an education for men and women of all ages and faiths and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission: A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Inspired by St. Ignatius Loyola, the mission of Regis University is to educate men and women of all ages to make a positive impact in a rapidly-changing global society. We encourage our students to seek truth, live purposeful lives, and continually examine and attempt to answer the question: "How ought we to live?" Regis University's Northwest Campus is the main campus and administrative hub, located in Denver, Colorado. Regis University has three additional campuses in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Thornton, Colorado and the Denver Tech Center, as well as distance learning initiatives.

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