Director of Development

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
$90,000 to $100,000
28 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
25 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Colorado State University’s (CSU) College of Agricultural Sciences invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of Development.

Colorado State University is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University-Extensive land-grant institution enrolling 32,236 students. The main campus is located in Fort Collins, 60 miles north of Denver at the base of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Colorado State University has an extensive presence throughout the State of Colorado including Colorado Extension programs in 62 of Colorado’s 64 counties, 8 Agricultural Experiment Station Research Centers, and 17 district offices of The Colorado State Forest Service.

The College of Agricultural Sciences encompasses five departments: Agricultural and Resource Economics, Animal Sciences, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, and Soil and Crop Sciences. Approximately 1,361 students pursue undergraduate degrees through nine fields of study offered by the five departments. An additional 225 students pursue MS and PhD level education under the direction of college faculty. One of the 17 University Distinguished Professors and one of the 12 University Distinguished Teaching Scholars hold faculty appointments in the College. The Wheat Research, Outreach and Education Program is designated as a University Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence. The Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) administers projects which are implemented across 15 academic departments within seven of the eight colleges at CSU, and at eight research centers. Read more at:

The College of Agricultural Sciences focuses fundraising efforts on faculty and research support; student support; and capital support including the CoBank Center for Agricultural Education, Animal Sciences Building Renovation, Temple Grandin Equine Center, Global Food Innovation Center In Honor Of Gary & Kay Smith, and a future renovation and addition on the Shepardson Building.

As CSU has completed a successful Campaign to raise more than half a billion dollars for our campus, and with private support more than tripling in the last five years, our University Advancement team is currently in another transformational campaign. With alumni participation rates on the rise, and new fundraising records year after year, it’s an exciting time for successful fundraisers to join the CSU team.

Position Summary

This position will be a full-time director of development (senior fundraiser), instrumental in assisting in all development efforts for the college and personally raising significant major gifts for the college.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, liberal arts, public administration, agricultural sciences, communications or related field.
  • Demonstrated success procuring major gifts ($25k+) with a minimum of five years fundraising or related experience.
  • Valid driver’s license, ability to obtain by start date, or access to a licensed driver.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • History of cultivating and successfully soliciting $500,000+ major gifts.
  • Demonstrated success in major gift fundraising in higher education.
  • Ability to work effectively with academic and administrative leaders as well as prospects and benefactors to achieve short and long-term fundraising goals.
  • A strong understanding of all facets of fundraising including the annual fund, corporate relations, foundation relations, planned giving, stewardship, and major gift fundraising.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment.
  • Excellent oral, written, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in or an understanding of the agricultural community.
  • Ability to manage projects from start to finish while including the staff and units necessary to complete associated tasks.
  • Ability to respond and adapt to changing situations appropriately, while maintaining openness to new ideas.
  • Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to accommodate Flexible Work Arrangements and travel.

Diversity Statement

•Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Major Gift Fundraising Duty/Responsibility

  • Cultivate, solicit and steward major gift prospects.
  • Secure planned gifts to the College working with the central Advancement Office of Gift Planning.
  • Work closely with the faculty and staff to articulate the mission and vision of the College in order to obtain and maintain private support.
  • Execute a minimum of 180 current or prospective donor visits and present a minimum of 24 proposals per year, with an expectation of $2,000,000 raised in the first year and then incrementally more in subsequent years.
  • Work closely with Prospect Development, Alumni Relations and unit directors of development to identify principal prospects, and make contacts to develop these relationships resulting in major gifts.
  • Work closely with other Directors of Development (DoDs) to ensure optimal collaboration and strong communication with colleges and units in the execution of development duties.
  • Prepare an overall strategy and pipeline for strategic initiatives, including a campaign plan.
  • Participate in division-wide strategy sessions, overseeing and managing follow-up tasks and action items as appropriate.
  • Comply with University policies and procedures, including but not limited to those related to solicitation and acceptance of gifts, naming, and alumni and support group interactions and activities.
  • Work in cooperation with university central donor-related services and collaborate with central record keeping in compliance with university regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Reflecting college and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Percentage Of Time 90 Job Duty Category Faculty Relations Duty/Responsibility

  • Increase the involvement of faculty (both current and retired) in the development process in order to enlarge the number of people making philanthropic efforts on CSU’s behalf.
  • Communicate key messages and information regularly to internal and external audiences.
  • Work with CAS development staff to develop strategies to engage emeritus faculty in a comprehensive and consistent manner related to fundraising and donor discovery, engagement, and stewardship.
  • Assist in developing departmental campaign committees with faculty, retirees, and external supporters.

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, all materials must be received by Sunday, April 16, 2017. Applicants should upload the following: (1) A cover letter addressing your qualifications; (2) resume; and (3) contact information of three professional references, one of who is/was an immediate supervisor, who has firsthand knowledge of an applicant’s professional abilities. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. For inquiries about the position, contact Search Chair For additional information about Colorado State University, consult the university’s website at

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License

Search Contact, 970-491-0909

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.