Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development

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California, United States
Monday, 4 January 2021
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 4 March 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Code: 4299

Grade: O

Exemption: Exempt

Note: The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


Stanford University is seeking candidates for the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development. The Senior Associate Athletics Director is the chief development officer for the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) and works closely with the Athletics Director and the Assistant Vice President for Development to plan and implement the overall fundraising strategies and goals for the department. The Senior Associate Athletics Director serves as a member of the Development Leadership Council within the Office of Development (OOD).

Stanford Athletics boasts a strong tradition of excellence - both in individual and team competition - and has earned Pac-12, Nor Cal, and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships, NCAA and national championships; and Olympic victories. The program has also earned more Directors' Cups than any other Division I athletics program in the country. At Stanford, uncompromising academic and athletic standards continue to complement each other, and succeeding as a student-athlete continues to facilitate succeeding as a scholar. To learn more about Stanford Athletics, please visit

The Senior Associate Athletics Director is responsible for managing and assessing a wide range of development programs and activities to achieve the fundraising goals of the department and university. These programs and activities include principal gifts, major gifts, annual giving, donor relations and engagement.

As a senior officer within DAPER, the Senior Associate Athletics Director works with the Athletics Director and other senior leaders within DAPER to articulate fundraising priorities and define specific gift opportunities. The Senior Associate Athletics Director and his/her staff work closely with the Athletics Director, DAPER coaches and administrators and senior development staff to develop marketing strategies that can be used to promote people and programs requiring gift support. In addition, the Senior Associate Athletics Director serves as the lead principal gift fundraiser for the athletics department and the main liaison to the Office of Development’s principal gifts team. When the University is in a comprehensive campaign, Senior Associate Athletics Director also serves as the liaison for Athletics on campaign committees, task forces and teams.

The ideal candidate will be a skilled collaborator and influencer with a strong professional presence, superior interpersonal skills, and the highest level of political acumen. They will have a demonstrated background of building and supporting diverse teams and striving to ensure equity and inclusion within their teams. The director oversees a staff of about 15 and interacts with DAPER staff and coaches, key volunteers, managers, Stanford Alumni Association managers, staff members in the President's Office, university officers, and trustees. General management responsibilities include developing, implementing, and assessing short and long-range plans for achieving departmental fundraising goals, setting and monitoring the general budget, and motivating, assisting, and evaluating staff.

Stanford is committed to a donor-centric approach to development. Every member of the Office of Development staff plays a role in providing the university’s donors with the service and attention that ensures an exceptionally positive and fulfilling philanthropic experience. Stanford also believes that diversity and excellence go hand-in-hand and so hires individuals with a commitment to working effectively with colleagues and donors from diverse backgrounds. 


  • Provide strategy, leadership and direction for the athletics development program.
  • Plan and implement large scale, multiple fund- raising programs.
  • Collaborate with volunteers, faculty and senior leaders on innovations and goals and develop plans for implementation.
  • Direct staff and provide leadership to achieve goals and vision of the organization. Responsible for hiring and retaining staff, career coaching, personal development for direct reports and accountable for the performance of employees. Promotes and supports an environment of diversity and inclusion.
  • Support diverse employees in an environment which promotes equity and inclusion.
  • Oversight for all programs related to development for Stanford Athletics.


Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and ten years of relevant experience and management experience, preferably in athletics fundraising for a D1 school, or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Significant major gift fundraising experience, with a demonstrated record of success. Demonstrated experience cultivating, soliciting and closing seven-figure gifts from a broad range of donors.
  • Proven ability to meet fundraising goals with a strong track record in managing fundraising teams and balancing donor and internal coach/administrator relationships.
  • Ability to build and lead a diverse team with demonstrated experience in creating equitable and inclusive workplaces.
  • Excellent judgment, interpersonal and communication skills, including cross-cultural competencies.
  • Strategic skills to craft and help implement fundraising plans.
  • Ability to manage a large number of fundraising activities simultaneously.
  • Superb verbal and written communication skills.
  • Effective management experience and excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated experience recruiting, evaluating, mentoring, and placing staff.
  • Demonstrated experience engaging and motivating groups of diverse individuals, including strong volunteer management skills.

Certifications and Licenses:



  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, sit, and use a telephone, stand/walk.
  • Occasionally light/fine grasping, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds, writing by hand.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


  • Requires working flexible hours, including nights and weekends.
  • Regular travel may be required.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4299
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: O
  • Requisition ID: 87576

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