Foundation Director

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
22 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
20 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Colorado State University Extension: Established as the land-grant institution for the State of Colorado in 1870. Colorado State University is committed to excellence, setting the standard for public research universities in teaching, research, service and extension for the benefit of the citizens of Colorado, the United States, and the world. Extension contributes onsite and campus-based expertise, university and land grant system resources and connections across the state to enhance local programming efforts. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to Colorado State University is located in the city of Fort Collins, a dynamic community with a population of approximately 135,000. Situated 65 miles north of Denver at the western edge of the Great Plains and at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins is a gateway to excellent skiing, hiking, fishing and biking. Fort Collins is known as “The Choice City” because of its proximity to the Rocky Mountains, excellent schools, 300+ days of sunshine yearly, thriving arts scene, eclectic shops and restaurants, and miles of walking and biking paths.

The State 4-H Youth Development Office is located on campus in the Extension Office in University Square. The Extension State 4-H staff consists of the State Program Director, four 4-H Youth Development Specialists, a Data systems Specialist, the Foundation Director, a 4-H Military Agent, the International 4-H Exchange Coordinator and three support staff. 4-H grows young people with essential life skills like confidence, courage, resilience and curiosity who are empowered and prepared for life today and tomorrow. What began as a way to give rural youth new agricultural skills has grown into America’s largest youth development organization. Colorado 4-H enrollment surpassed 130,000 in 2017, serving youth and communities through school enrichment, special interest, after-school, camping, and club programs. 4-H initiatives include Healthy Living, Science, Citizenship and Agriculture.

Position Summary

The Colorado 4-H Foundation raises funds for and in partnership with the Colorado 4-H Youth Development Program. The Foundation Director is responsible for developing and implementing an annual operating and fundraising plan with accountable and measurable objectives for securing funding for the State 4-H program priorities. The position works as a member of the State 4-H team and reports directly to the director of 4-H Youth Development. The individual also works closely with the Foundation Board of Trustees and has a working relationship with University Advancement

Required Job Qualifications

  • Completed Bachelor’s degree required. Degree may have been awarded in a number of different areas, but course work and/or experience must demonstrate significant knowledge of and/or experience with fundraising principles and strategies.
  • Minimum of 3 years fundraising experience.
  • Demonstrated fundraising success and experience managing fundraising projects.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and verbal communication as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
  • Proven ability to produce and submit accurate reports related to donor activity, prospect and donor development, and financial management.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with financial control requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to be effective in working with diverse audiences and to forge successful partnerships with individuals, other professionals, corporate leaders and organizations.
  • Evidence of ability to effectively set priorities and to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date and be willing to travel as needed.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Experience with Advance or other donor management systems.
  • Demonstrated track record of building donor relationships, working collaboratively and strategically, possessing a strong knowledge of principles, ethics and practices of successful fundraising.
  • Previous experience with board development.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and relevant ability with culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations.
  • Evidence of a personal/professional style that is ethical, diplomatic and persuasive.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with 4-H and/or other youth development programs.

Diversity Statement

Personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Fundraising and Financial Management Duty/Responsibility

  • This position is the principal fundraising officer for the Colorado 4-H Youth Development program.
  • Responsible for strategic visioning and ongoing management of a comprehensive development program to raise funds for 4-H programmatic priorities in accordance with the strategic objectives established by the State 4-H Program Director and the Colorado 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees.
  • Lead and coordinate fundraising with individuals, private foundations, corporations, commodity groups and agencies working in cooperation and collaboration with University Advancement.
  • Using knowledge of fundraising principles, develop and implement best strategies to initiate contact and develop initial relationships with potential major gift prospects.
  • Initiate, coordinate and execute the Foundation’s donor recognition program and fundraising special events working with the Board of Trustees, staff, and volunteers.
  • Identify target audiences and develop appropriate messaging strategies that showcase the value and impact of philanthropy and of the Colorado State 4-H Youth Development Program.
  • Plan, manage and execute an annual campaign to individual donors.
  • Provide oversight for IRS reporting requirements to maintain 4-H clubs/groups eligibility for inclusion as subsidiaries of the Colorado 4-H Group Exemption and serve as the communication link with the Internal Revenue Service regarding the Foundation and all subsidiaries.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Percentage Of Time 75% Job Duty Category Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships Duty/Responsibility

  • Establish meaningful, collegial working relationships with development colleagues and strategically facilitate relationships with donors, potential donors, and community partners.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with county Extension programs and county 4-H foundations.
  • Provide leadership for positive development of the Board of Trustees, including the identification, recruitment, training, and support of board members.
  • Work with external firms responsible for auditing, accounting and investment management.
  • Identify, recruit and engage volunteers in support of the Foundation’s fundraising programs and events. Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences.
  • Regularly communicate Foundation activities to the Board of Trustees, State 4-H Director, Extension staff, and donors.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Percentage Of Time 15% Job Duty Category Administration and Supervision Duty/Responsibility

  • Supervises one full time Program Assistant
  • Manage the Colorado 4-H Foundation operations and staff through adherence to the budget and strategic plan.
  • Provide support to the State 4-H office as directed by the State 4-H Program Director.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Percentage Of Time 10%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday December 21, 2017. Please submit the following to apply:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Transcripts of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number prior to submission. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert all transcript pages into one PDF File to upload.
  • Please remember to include contact information for at least 4 professional references. References will not be contacted prior to notification to applicants.
  • Special Required Documentation:
    • Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all the “Required” and “Preferred” criteria listed in the Vacancy Announcement. Please respond to each bullet point separately. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert your Statement pages into one PDF file.

For questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity @ 970-491-5836 or email For questions regarding the job vacancy and responsibilities, please contact Judith Barth, search chair, 970-491-6345 or

Conditions of Employment

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

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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.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

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.