Director of Development - Barrett, The Honors College

ASU Foundation
Arizona, United States
$100,000.00 - $110,000.00
Closing date
Aug 17, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Major Gifts, Planned Giving
Employment Type
Full Time

Who we want:

Director of Development - Barrett, The Honors College


The ASU Foundation, one of five nonprofit entities that make up ASU Enterprise Partners, is seeking a Director of Development for Barrett, The Honors College.

Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University is a selective, residential college that recruits academically outstanding undergraduates across the nation. Named “Best Honors College” in the nation, this residential community has more National Merit Scholars than MIT, Duke, Brown, Stanford or the University of California-Berkeley, and Barrett students benefit from a $24 million endowment used exclusively to support honors students and their projects.

The director of development is a development professional who works collaboratively with the ASU Foundation for A New American University (ASUF) and with Barrett, The Honors College at ASU, to lead the college’s overall development program and secure significant philanthropic investments.  The director reports to the ASUF assistant vice president of unit development with a dotted line to the dean of Barrett and supervises a team responsible for alumni/parent relations and development communications. The director serves as a member of the ASUF development team and the college’s leadership team.  The director must be able to enthusiastically and accurately represent the college to a variety of constituents while working collaboratively to secure philanthropic investments to benefit ASU and Barrett.


What you'll do:

  • Create and implement a comprehensive, sustainable development program for the college, working with colleagues and managing a team of professionals who work with alumni and parents, scholarship administration, and development communications
  • Proactively manage a portfolio of and major gift ($25,000+) donors and prospective donors and execute prospect strategies leading to solicitation and investment
  • Articulate the case for support for honors education at ASU, and develop appropriate messaging to internal and external audiences
  • Work closely with the dean and faculty leaders to identify fundraising needs and opportunities
  • Collaborate with directors of development from all ASU colleges on asks pertaining to their Barrett students
  • Provide oversight to scholarship coordinator to ensure donor intent is followed
  • Work closely with ASUF colleagues to integrate the college’s fundraising priorities and opportunities within broader ASU initiatives and to obtain specialized expertise
  • Furnish timely reports on progress toward assigned goals and solicitation results
  • Guide the development of written proposals, white papers, strategic plans, budgets and the other related collateral materials needed to deepen prospect engagement for securing a gift
  • Provide the dean and others with appropriate background information for donor visits
  • Collaborate with Barrett staff on engaging donors, alumni, and parents in Barrett programs and events

Alumni and Parent Relations

  • Provide strategic oversight on alumni and parents programs, leading to donors making philanthropic investments
  • Manage a team to staff alumni and parent boards and councils
  • Work closely and strategically with the ASUF Sun Devil Family Association to engage parents as philanthropic investors in the college
  • Partner with the ASUF Office of Annual Giving to reach out to parents, alumni and students

Development Communications

  • Provide oversight on various development communications including a parent e-newsletter, an alumni e-newsletter, donor impact reports, scholarship reports, stewardship materials
  • Work in a results-oriented, dynamic environment with complex and evolving relationships and priorities 
  • Other development related duties as assigned


What you'll need:

  • Collaborative style, combined with the ability and desire to work in a team-based environment 
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding information related to Foundation and University business and confidential prospect information
  • Strong and collegial interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing, and by phone
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of development/fundraising, preferably in higher education
  • Able to secure personal appointments and qualify new prospects 
  • Demonstrated achievement in securing philanthropic investments
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • 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
  • An advocate’s 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
  • Documented success in personally implementing sophisticated, multi-year cultivation strategies that use a relationship-building and moves management approach leading to successful gift closure
  • Adept at navigating complex environments with evolving priorities and communication plans 
  • Demonstrable experience in stewardship plans leading to additional investments 


Relevant Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and five years of successful professional development and/or fundraising related experience, preferably in higher education.




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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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