Associate Director of Development, Leeds

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
$70,000.00 - $80,000.00
Closing date
Dec 13, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time
The University of Colorado Boulder's Leeds School of Business encourages applications for an Associate Director of Development! This position is a frontline development officer responsible for successfully engaging constituents and soliciting their philanthropic support in a way that is both exceptionally donor centered and that impacts the strategic vision of the Leeds School. 
The Associate Director will be focused on growing an existing portfolio of relationships capable of making commitments of $25k+. This position typically handles early and mid-level, moderately complex donors and prospective donor relationships, with the intent of cultivating, sustaining and increasing their engagement and investment. 
Our team thrives on the energy, enthusiasm and school pride that comes from daily interactions with students at Leeds and across campus. On a typical day, you can expect to participate in meetings with colleagues from a variety of teams – perhaps Industry and Foundation Relations, Undergraduate or Graduate Programs, or the Office of Diversity Affairs. You will attend events ranging from board meetings to pregame football celebrations, representing Leeds and building relationships. You will travel regularly to a designated region, where you will meet with donors, parents, alumni, and friends of CU to grow their relationships with Leeds and advance philanthropic gift conversations. Back in the office, you will find supportive partners in learning about student programs, identifying donor strategies, developing proposals and gift agreements, and engaging and stewarding donors. 
We encourage applicants who are not afraid to think about fundraising in innovative and creative ways. If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply regardless of your industry background. We can teach an incoming candidate:
  • Advancement best practices such as prospect management, donor cultivation and stewardship, and asking for a major gift
  • Trends and opportunities for creating positive changes through investment in higher education
  • About the industries and partners that Leeds commonly works with, including finance, accounting, real estate, entrepreneurship and high-growth ventures, etc.
Successful team members share a passion for our work and the ability to communicate that passion in ways that inspire people to ask: “How can I help?” What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be Portfolio Management 
  • Manage a portfolio of around 120 current and prospective donors. You will be responsible for strategizing and leading efforts to engage these individuals with Leeds, working toward gift solicitations (working towards commitments of $25K and above) and other meaningful investments in the school.
  • Align donor interests with strategic priorities and opportunities at Leeds. Work closely with faculty and staff to facilitate gifts conversations and investments in programs across Leeds and CU Boulder.
  • Manage internal relationships, including with the CU Foundation team, to ensure that we deliver on our promises to donors and their investments. Oversee timely and accurate completion of all stages of work to close gifts to Leeds.
  • Expect to travel about 25% of the time.
  • Annual visit and proposal expectations are clearly communicated in CU’s metrics planning and will be established in partnership with the Senior Director.
Other Development Duties as Assigned
  • A daily commitment to collaboration, innovation and excellence
  • Build new relationships. Conduct discovery meetings with alumni and other community members to gauge opportunities to bring individuals and businesses into our work.
  • Represent the Leeds School at events and use school engagements as opportunities to deepen donors’ relationships with Leeds and CU Boulder.
  • Facilitate non-event engagements such as volunteer opportunities and student interactions to strategically build relationships in ways that leverage prospects time, talent, and professional expertise.
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 will require some local, regional, and out-of-state travel to meet with donors. 
This position can work a hybrid schedule with two days on campus and three days remote per week. What We Can Offer The salary range is $70,000 - $80,000 annually.
Relocation assistance is available for eligible applicants. 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. 
Special Instructions To view the posting in its entirety, and apply, please visit: 
Please apply by November 30, 2022, for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

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