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Associate Director of Development, Major Gifts

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
$71,500.00 - $79,650.00
Closing date
Nov 25, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time
The Buff Club at the University of Colorado Boulder is seeking an Associate Director of Development to join our team! The Buff Club is a team of 15 members within the Office of Advancement dedicated to providing development and engagement support for CU Athletics. The primary function of this role is to act as a major gifts officer, growing philanthropic engagement on behalf of CU Boulder Athletics and the Buff Club through the development of relationships with CU alumni and other donors, specifically targeting gifts greater than $25K. This is a regionally focused position, with Colorado as the anchor. This position is tasked with identifying, cultivating, sustaining and increasing donor relationships. This position is responsible for planning, implementing and coordinating fundraising activities for a designated athletics program, including soliciting major gifts.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Who We Are As the fundraising arm of CU Athletics, the purpose of the Buff Club is to raise funds in support of the nearly 350 student-athletes at the University of Colorado. By securing philanthropic funding for our brand-new facilities, providing scholarships, or safeguarding the mental and physical wellness of our student-athletes, the Buff Club ensures that CU Athletics and our student-athletes have the vital resources for success in the classroom, in competition, and beyond. What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be Donor Portfolio Management and Development Metrics 
  • Works proactively to identify new prospects and cultivate existing relationships with the intent of sustaining and increasing relationships over time.
  • Focuses on personal visits, outbound telephone calls, and written correspondence as primary methods of donor engagement. Plans, organizes, coordinates and manages daily activities to support gift solicitation efforts and events.
  • Leverages all available University and Athletic Department resources and assets (i.e., tickets, premium seating, parking, event attendance, etc.) to identify, cultivate, and solicit fundraising support.
  • Specific goals relating to personal contacts, proposals, dollars raised, and other traditional development metrics to be set with and approved by management as part of the University’s annual performance plan cycle. Anticipated targets include:
    • Manages portfolio consisting of 100+ prospects, at minimum 
    • Responsible for meeting an annual target of 144 face-to-face donor visits and meetings 
    • Secure major gifts commitments at $25K and above
Collaborate with Internal and External University Partners
  • Collaborates with University partners to coordinate fundraising strategies for donors with multiple interests.
  • As appropriate, may work to design donor and volunteer cultivation events in order to attract and retain interest in University activities and programs.
  • Proactively represents CU Athletics at external events in order to identify prospects and grow network of support.
  • Embodies the cultural values of the CU Athletics Department of RAPID (Respect, Accountability, Passion, Integrity and Dedication) when engaging with internal and external constituents.
  • Serve as a fundraising liaison to an assigned sport.
Other Development Duties as assigned:
  • Works daily to ensure timely, accurate completion of proposals, pledges and fund agreements.
  • Maintains accurate and timely documentation of prospect strategies and contact reports, evaluates new prospects, and generates reports and other correspondence as necessary to cultivate prospects.
What You Should Know All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment. 
This position is expected to 100% on campus and in-state and out-of-state travel is required.  What We Can Offer The salary range is $71,500 - $79,650 annually.
Relocation assistance is available within department guidelines. 
Additional Athletics benefits include: Athletic Event Tickets: Per Athletic Department Policy and NCAA regulations, Nike Elite Employee Benefit: Per Nike Elite Policy.  Benefits The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.   What We Require
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of experience will substitute on a year for year basis.
  • 3+ years of professional, job-related experience. 
What You Will Need
  • Knowledge of fundraising, public relations, marketing, or sales. 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to develop and maintain interpersonal relationships. 
  • Analyzes information/situations and works proactively to solve problems. 
  • Handles sensitive information discretely and maintains confidentiality. 
  • Organizes and manages multiple projects/tasks simultaneously; have an ability to work independently and collaboratively and adapt to changing priorities. 
  • Knowledge of current issues facing public universities and interests of assigned school, students, faculty, and alumni. 
  • Cultivates and solicits donations from individuals, foundations and corporations.
Software used: Microsoft Office Products; donor-tracking software (such as Salesforce). Paciolan/PacFund ticketing and donor development software. What We Would Like You To Have
  • Previous experience working in an intercollegiate athletics department. Fundraising, sales, or public relations experience.
Special Instructions To apply, please submit the following materials online at:
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position. 
We may request references at a later time.
Please apply by November 16, 2022, for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

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