Director of Development

The University Of Denver
Denver, Colorado
Jun 16, 2021
Jun 19, 2021
Position Type
Dean / Department Head
Full Time
Organization Type
Director of Development, Leadership Annual Giving - College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

About DU Advancement
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. 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 Cultural Centers digital home. As a part of that effort, we are continuing to grow a team of inclusive, collaborative, inquisitive, innovative, ethical, and transparent advancement professionals who value inclusivity and who possess a deep respect for one another and for our shared profession.

About the College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences (CAHSS)
CAHSS is DU's largest and most diverse academic unit and is committed to transformation across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. It includes 17 schools and departments, ranging from anthropology, history, and philosophy, to religious studies, music, and theatre, and is home to multiple innovative centers and programs, including the DU Prison Arts Initiative, the Center for Art Collection Ethics, and the Casa de Paz Learning Community, to name just a few. The work of CAHSS influences every undergraduate and over 300 graduate students on campus.

Position Summary

The Director of Development, Leadership Annual Giving for the College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences (CAHSS) reports directly to the Executive Director of Development in CAHSS, and is part of the Development team in Advancement. This newly-created position is focused on helping the College grow its base of philanthropic support and supporting a new, incoming dean's vision / academic funding priorities. Joining a team of three established advancement professionals in the College (two major gifts officers, one alumni engagement officer), the Director of Development, Leadership Annual Giving will be part of a dynamic, collaborative, and innovative team. The role is focused heavily on qualification of prospects, as well as cultivating relationships with and soliciting those with capacity to give gifts of $1,000 - $50,000. While the main focus of this role is working with individual donors, the Director will also manage a number of foundation relationships, including soliciting annual and one-time foundation gifts under $50,000. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated, collaborative fundraising professional who will be deeply involved in the strategic annual fundraising efforts for the College, with an emphasis on new donor acquisition, upgrades, growing donors to the Crimson & Gold Society, and developing a pipeline for major gifts. Success in this position will be measured primarily through the metrics of qualifications, visits, solicitations, and dollars raised.

Essential Functions
  • The Director of Development, Leadership Annual Giving is responsible for the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors with the capacity to give at the level of $1,000 - $50,000. Solicitations will be multichannel, including, but not limited to, phone calls, mail, emails, and personal meetings.
  • Plan, design, implement, and evaluate strategies to obtain outright annual gifts and multi-year pledges.
  • Identification, qualification, cultivation, and solicitation of a portfolio of 200-300 prospects.
  • Annual metrics typically include 120-140 visits and 150-200 solicitations.
  • Target donors for reactivated, renewed and upgraded gifts as well as prospect a pool of potential donors for acquisition. This includes soliciting gifts of $1,000 $50,000 to achieve annual metrics and working with the donor giving groups in the Lamont Society, Center for Judaic Studies and DU Art organizations and serving as the main advancement contact for these departments for annual solicitations, including DUs annual day of giving, One Day for DU.
  • Grant writing: work with Foundation Relations to manage and write grants for gifts less than $50,000 in support of CAHSS programs.
  • University Citizenship: Serve as an active and collaborative partner to all central and unit-based advancement functions and campus colleagues to foster strategic, effective, and collaborative fundraising practices. Contribute to team success and model One DU leadership.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Adept at using judgment and discretion in situations that require sensitivity and tact.
  • Demonstrated ability to form and fully leverage cross-functional teams of colleagues, volunteers, and academic/University leaders toward closure of transformational gifts.
  • Exceptionally high level of customer service skills.
  • Ability to manage time well, particularly while managing competing priorities.
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team.
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to speak and write effectively and persuasively; draft compelling proposals and letters.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • 3 years of fundraising experience, including experience managing a portfolio of donors / prospects.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to identify, qualify, solicit, and steward gifts from individual donors.
  • Experience and demonstrated success in raising annual and/or major gifts for an institution of higher education, large nonprofit, or similar complex setting.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working in a university setting.
  • Experience in grant writing.
  • Experience working with leadership annual giving donors (gifts of $1,000 - $50,000).

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Some nights and weekends as required.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on June 9, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is 12.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $73,000 - $77,000.

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.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver .

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

Advertised: May 24, 2021
Applications close: Open until filled

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