Assistant Director of Development

Posted on 07/13/2021

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, CO


 University Advancement professionals build various levels of support and affinity for the institution through a coordinated effort as part of the university’s primary outreach to the community and region. This includes building support and funding through community engagement and alumni outreach efforts, attendance at key events, representation on important initiatives and the creation of partnerships supporting the university’s mission.

Coordinates, directs, and implements development activities for the broad campus with a focus towards raising support for the College of Education and the School of Public Affairs as well as scholarships and other special projects.  Strong collaborative skills and a team-focused approach is crucial in this role that supports the colleges, departments and other units that comprise the UCCS campus. Responsible for planning, implementing and coordinating fundraising activities for designated programs and areas. Plans and carries out the institution’s program of soliciting major gifts.  Usually minimum 3-5 years fundraising experience is required. This position typically handles low to mid-level, moderately complex gift prospects, with the intent of cultivating, sustaining and increasing donor relationship

Job Duties:

  • Raise philanthropic support for the institution while following the Donor Bill of Rights to achieve established goals.
  • Identify, attract and manage prospective  donors, and manage/retain assigned existing donors, leading to additional investments for the benefit of the institution:
    • Solid ability to cultivate and solicit donations at major gift level.
    • Demonstrated experience in successfully managing a donor/client portfolio, preferably in a university setting.
    • Works to cultivate existing and new donor relationships (individual, corporate, and foundation) with the intent of sustaining and increasing the relationship with the donor.
    • Identify and partner on major giving prospects with the appropriate development officer.
    • Work in concert with fellow Development Office personnel to effectively execute stewardship activities designed to enhance the relationship between donors and the University.
    • Able to demonstrate a solid knowledge of fundraising techniques.
    • Proven ability to conduct cold-calls resulting in future support for the institution.
    • Ability to travel both in and out-of-state (15% out of state, 60% in state).
  • Report on annual gift activities and ensure gift programs are in line with CU strategies:
    • Ability to identify funding opportunities through strong research skills with a focus on major gift donors.
    • Develops and manages portfolios of individual, corporate and foundation prospects capable of making significant gifts in order to secure major gift commitments (typically gifts of $1,000 or higher).  Plans and implements programs that include measurable targets for each fiscal year (e.g., personal visits, stewardship activities, solicitations).
    • Provide necessary documentation and follow-up for donors and internal campus partners as needed.  Accurately record development and donor contact reports in a timely fashion.
    • Partners with UCCS Colleges and Departments, as assigned, to organize, plan and coordinate appeals to support program dependent operations within each unit.
    • Must be able to handle high-profile and high net worth individuals, corporate and foundation representatives with a focus on enhancing the donor experience.
  • Organizing and coordinating projects and events:
    • Organizes, plans and coordinates appeals to support program dependent operations, including specific college/college program needs, special projects, and other needs as they arise.
    • Represents the University at events in order to support the University and cultivate donors.
    • Demonstrated ability to manage numerous complex tasks simultaneously; anticipate and meet deadlines; use time effectively; problem-solve independently while keeping key parties aware; and function in a quick turn-around environment.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
    • Solid ability to contribute to a team-focused development group.
    • Strong ability to recruit and manage activities of volunteer staff
    • Other duties as assigned.
  • Direct administrative services and develop policies and procedures:
    • Successfully solicits for and receives funding through personal donor interaction and solicitation.
    • Works daily to ensure timely, accurate completion of proposals, pledges and fund agreements.  Documents prospect strategies and contact reports, evaluates new prospects and generates stewardship reports and general correspondence daily to cultivate major gift prospects.
  • Perform administrative and clerical support of the competency database: 
    • Solid knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and database management software.
    • Ability to use software including Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint), Database Management Software (BSR-Advance). *Computer skills may be subject to testing/verification.
  • Perform administrative and clerical support of the competency database: 
    • Portfolio Management:  Manages portfolio consisting of a minimum of 50 prospects which will need to be identified/developed by the incumbent. Goals relating to personal contacts, number of proposed gifts, planned gifts, grants, and prospect identification to be set with and approved by management.
    • Works closely with University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) faculty, staff and volunteers daily to develop and implement fundraising strategies in order to meet established goals and objectives.  Facilitates productive relationships between donors and UCCS administrators, faculty and staff to ensure effectiveness of programs.

Job Competencies:

  • Ability to prioritize, organize and perform multiple work assignments simultaneously
  • Knowledge of project planning and development. Plan, organize, and monitor projects
  • Knowledge of strategies and technologies that allow business to be conducted via the web
  • Practices that describe results in measurable ways to assist in making business decisions
  • Use of office support, desktop tools (Word, e-mail, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Ability to perform assigned responsibilities with minimal to moderate supervision
  • Generate productive relationships with internal and external partners
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships

Salary Range: Generally starting at: $52,530- $60,000

UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.

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