About DU Advancement
In preparation for the most ambitious philanthropic campaign in
the University’s history, the University of Denver is building an
advancement enterprise that mirrors the excellence of our great
institution. Advancement efforts at DU have a tremendous impact
through our relationships with DU’s remarkable students, dedicated
donors, inspiring alumni, engaged families, and wonderful friends.
DU is committed to building and fostering a culture of deep
engagement and philanthropy in support of our institution as we
implement the DU IMPACT 2025 vision and prepare for a fundraising
campaign with a bold and courageous goal.
The University of Denver and DU Advancement deeply value
inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on
how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of
constituents. You can learn more about inclusive excellence at the
University of Denver by visiting the Office of Diversity, Equity &
Inclusion. As a part of that effort, we are continuing to grow
a team of inclusive, collaborative, inquisitive, innovative,
ethical, and transparent advancement professionals who possess deep
mutual respect for one another and for our shared
Reporting directly to the Senior Vice Chancellor for
Advancement, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Campaign is
responsible for the orchestration of strategy and execution of all
activities relating to the success of the University’s
comprehensive campaign as well as managing associated efforts
advancing imperatives of the institution forward externally.
Working in close collaboration with key stakeholders such as senior
University leaders, trustees and volunteers, creates shared
ownership, integration of strategic ideas and tools to drive an
agenda that ensures the success of the campaign.
This position will partner with the Senior Vice Chancellor of
Advancement, the Associate Vice Chancellor of Development,
Associate Vice Chancellor of Alumni Engagement and Careers and the
Associate Vice Chancellor of Advancement Operations, ensuring
optimization and leveraging of integrated goals and
initiatives. This role has will provide leadership and
management support for the staff associated with campaign
operations, advancement and campaign communications, and special
The successful candidate will have significant experience
working closely with senior academic leaders, deans or division
chairs and other faculty; measurable success leading campaign
efforts and demonstrated experience building and sustaining a
high-performing enterprise. They must bring a collaborative
approach to leadership, including an understanding of how to
successfully establish a cohesive partnership across the
organization, so that the resources and activities of all groups
operate together for the highest levels of effectiveness.
- Collaborate with the Senior Vice Chancellor of Advancement,
Associate Vice Chancellor for Development, Associate Vice
Chancellor for Alumni Engagement and Career, and the Associate Vice
Chancellor for Advancement Operations and others to develop the
campaign plan and recommend overall campaign strategies including
case for support, themes, goals, timeline, volunteer structure,
budget and staffing, naming and recognition strategies,
communications planning and campaign outreach and events.
- Work with the Chancellor, Provost, academic leadership and
Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement to manage the campaign
priority setting process.
- Define, implement and staff a campaign volunteer structure that
ensures active, involved, empowered and effective volunteer support
of the campaign effort.
- Convene Campaign Strategy Group.
- Translate the campaign plan into action and ensure progress
towards goals by the campaign team, across Advancement and with
campaign volunteer groups.
- Set strategy and direction for communications efforts related
to the University’s multi-year, comprehensive campaign. Integrate
efforts within the University’s overall identity and messaging
platform central Marketing and Communications team.
- Provide management oversight and support to direct reports in
assigned functional areas including Advancement
- Special Events and Campaign Operations.
- Provide leadership and counsel to the Campaign team for
development communication strategies and production of hundreds of
deliverables vital to the overall success of our efforts.
- In coordination with other members of the Senior Vice
Chancellor’s senior management team, assist in the preparation of
campaign-related materials and presentations to the Board of
Trustees, its committees and the Campaign Cabinet.
- Manage efforts across DU to create clarity, consensus and
alignment on all campaign efforts. Convene the Campaign Steering
- Develop and provide written and oral reports to University
leadership, staff and volunteer groups as necessary.
- Manage the campaign budget and prepare budget narratives,
requests and updates for submission to Institute leadership and
faculty as appropriate.
- Collaborate with senior colleagues to ensure solicitation
pipeline is sufficient to meet campaign targets.
- Develop strategy and conceptualize methods to ensure robust
monitoring and reporting of campaign progress to internal and
- Conceptualize campaign events, including the public launch and
ongoing events, managed by advancement and the central University
- Produce all campaign-related content (print and web-based),
including the campaign case statement and all supporting
- In partnership with Institute strategic communications, promote
and publicize news about the campaign and its individual gifts and
- Perform other special duties as requested by the Senior Vice
Chancellor of Advancement.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Authentic curiosity about the academic and public good vision
of the University of Denver as well as a strong appreciation for
the extraordinary accomplishments and challenges of DUs faculty and
students. Ability to conceptualize and articulate key endeavors
that attract donors to DU.
- Sophisticated understanding of mission-driven institutions,
particularly colleges and universities.
- Detailed knowledge of fundraising strategies, programs and
- Thorough knowledge of all phases of fundraising including
principal gifts, constituency-based fundraising, major gifts,
planning giving, regional and international fundraising
- Aptitude for combining strategic planning and project
management skills in identifying, analyzing, developing and
implementing short- and long-term strategies, approaches, metrics
- Exceptional oral, written and presentation skills.
- Stature, credibility and superior interpersonal and
relationship skills to facilitate collaborative work with
colleagues and peers across the Institute and with external
partners and constituents. Ability to build and sustain
- Dedication to excellence in all aspects of individual,
collective and organizational performance.
- Tolerance for and ability to work productively in the context
of ambiguity, uncertainty and change.
- Excellent project management skills and a proven track record
of successfully recruiting, training, managing and motivating
- Comfortable with a flexible work schedule, including
significant travel for major donor cultivation and some evening and
- Demonstrated ability to practice and adhere to organizational
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education or
- 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the broad
work of advancement in a higher education or non-profit
- Experience setting and meeting defined campaign
- Master’s degree in management, public administration,
communications or other related field or equivalent experience
within the work of advancement.
- Experience as a major and principal gift fundraiser with a
successful track record of engagement with prospects and donors at
the six-, seven- and even eight-figure levels.
- A working understanding of a university environment.
- Standard office environment
- Noise level is quiet to moderate
- Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended
- Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the
capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs. with
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., some nights and weekends as
For best consideration, please submit your application materials
by 4:00 p.m. (MST) Friday, September 23,
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to
be considered. Only applications submitted online will be
Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 18.
The salary range for this position is $190,000-$225,000.
The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that
represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay
for the position at the time of posting. The University may
ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The
salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based
on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate,
departmental budget availability, internal salary equity
considerations, and available market information, but not based on
a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.
of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical,
dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass.
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