Associate Director of Development
Description of Work Unit
The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering is home to about 100 tenured and tenure-track faculty and 350 staff. Our faculty have their academic home in one of five departments:
- Atmospheric Science
- Chemical and Biological Engineering
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
About 125 research scientists and staff contribute to work within CIRA – the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere. We are fortunate to have excellent staff in the college, CIRA and the departments to support students, academic programs and research.
The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering (WSCOE) is seeking a dynamic and successful major gift fundraiser to lead its efforts to build on recent campaign successes and significantly increase the level of philanthropic support for the College. The successful candidate will report to the Director of Development for the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering.
Required Job Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Business, Public Administration, Communication, Engineering, Liberal arts or a closely related field OR a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of four years of experience as a development officer, or major gift officer, in an institution of higher education or equivalent complex organization.
- Demonstrated success in face-to-face solicitations of gifts of $25,000 or more
- Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one, or access to a licensed driver at time of hire.
- Must have the ability to conduct overnight business trips
Preferred Job Qualifications
- Possess strong interpersonal skills and able to establish and maintain positive internal and external relationships.
- Demonstrated ability to cultivate, close, and steward major gifts. Understanding of proposal development and writing, fundraising principles and techniques; project management skills; and relevant event planning.
- Demonstrated success in proposal writing and submission.
- Evening and weekend work required.
- Ability to work effectively with academic and administrative leaders as well as prospects and benefactors to achieve short and long-term fundraising goals.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and relevant ability with, culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations.
- Ability to conduct overnight travel, and work occasional weekends and nights.
- Ability to work independently and within a team environment.
Demonstrated knowledge of, and relevant ability with, culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations.
Job Duty Category Major Gift Fundraising Duty/Responsibility
- Responsible for managing a portfolio of approximately 100 donors and prospective donors, and creating successful cultivation and solicitation strategies for them.
- Execute 12-15 personal visits per month with prospective donors and determine if they have capacity and inclination to make a major gift.
- Document all quality contacts and moves management strategies through the use of the prospect tracking system (Advance).
- Present 2-3 major gift solicitations per month, after an initial period of building relationships with prospective donors.
- Write, prepare, and present persuasive proposals that match the donor’s interests with the College’s fundraising priorities. Proposals should be comprehensive, and include a major outright gift ($25,000+), a planned gift (bequest), and a leadership annual fund solicitations ($1,000+).
- Maintain a high degree of confidentiality and adhere to the policies and procedures for accepting, recording and acknowledging gifts.
- Must be able to travel 50% of the time, including overnight and occasional weekends.
Percentage Of Time 80 Job Duty Category Administrative Duty/Responsibility
- Work with faculty, administrative leaders, and central development staff to ensure we maximize the philanthropic support of our donors, and work to build long-term pipeline of new major gift prospects.
- Prepare annual fundraising goals for the Director of Development, and report progress towards the successful completion of these goals on a monthly basis.
- Participate as a full member of the University Advancement division, attend development officer meetings, professional development activities, and other staff meetings as appropriate
- Provide support to the Dean’s Advisory Board, and Department Advisory Boards; help identify potential new board members and provide development related information.
Percentage Of Time 20
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit a cover letter which addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications, a resume, and the name and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search Contact Beth Hallmark, Beth.Hallmark@colostate.edu
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