Associate Director of Development

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
09 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The College of Business at Colorado State University is an AACSB accredited business school which enrolls more than 2,400 undergraduate students in six business concentrations and the business administration and real estate minors and is the largest undergraduate major on campus. In addition, the College enrolls approximately 1,000 students in five different MBA programs and three department-based graduate programs in the Master of Accountancy, the Master of Computer Information Systems, and the Master of Financial Risk Management.

In addition to these academic departments, the College of Business is the home of the following centers and institutes: Beverage Business Institute, Entrepreneurship Institute, Veterinary Management institute, Supply Chain Management Forum, and the Centers for the Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise, Marketing and Social Issues, Professional Development and Business Research, and the Everitt Real Estate Center.

Position Summary

The Associate Director of Development position supports the fundraising activities that generate funds from alumni, friends, foundations and corporations to meet College of Business and Advancement Division goals.

The Associate Director of Development participates in a comprehensive College development program, building relationships with benefactors, soliciting gifts from an assigned prospect list for various programs within the College, and generating financial support from alumni, friends, foundations and corporations for College of Business programs and services within established college priorities.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing, Liberal Arts, Communication, Journalism or related field from an accredited institution.
  • 3+ years development experience that includes demonstrated experience/success with raising major gifts ($25,000 and above).

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Experience and demonstrated success in higher education fundraising
  • Good oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Encompass traits of good judgment, confidentiality and discretion in communicating with colleagues and constituents.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and relevant ability with, culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work effectively with academic and administrative leaders, and benefactors to achieve fundraising goals.
  • Computer literacy and demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Willingness to travel and work non-standard hours.
  • Demonstrated experience in conceptualizing, designing and implementing a dynamic fundraising program with emphasis on major gifts

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 Donor Management Duty/Responsibility

  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit individuals, foundations, and corporations capable of giving to the college at a major gift ($25k+) level.
  • Team effectively with the all college faculty, staff and key volunteers to implement and maintain a vibrant fundraising and advancement program.
  • Engage and encourage faculty participation in the fundraising process to obtain support for key programs.
  • Execute 12-15 personal donor visits each month with prospects and determine if they have capacity and inclination to make a major gift.
  • Present a minimum of 2 major gift solicitations per month after an initial period of qualification and cultivation with each donor prospect.
  • Work in cooperation with university central services such as Alumni Relations, Annual Giving, Advancement Services, University Events, Planned Giving, CSU Foundation, and University Relations to enhance college and university advancement and development goals.
  • Organize donor solicitations and participate in major donor solicitations as assigned.
  • Travel as necessary to meet prospects and donors.
  • Collaborate with University Advancement to ensure compliance with University regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Collaborate in the processing of all gifts in cooperation with the Colorado State University Foundation, assuring appropriate recognition for donors.
  • Develop outreach strategies and events with and for other units within the college.
  • Prepare written proposals and/or other special materials for use during individual donor and foundation cultivation and solicitation.
  • Draft letters and communication materials as required.
  • Submit regular contact and activity reports as well as donor background briefing information.
  • Prepare an annual work plan that includes quantifiable objectives and budget.
  • Other responsibilities appropriate to the position as assigned by the Executive Director.

Percentage Of Time


Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Relationship Management Duty/Responsibility

  • Work in collaboration with the Executive Director, the Dean and the College’s faculty and staff to coordinate fundraising campaigns or projects in accordance with campus and University fundraising policies.
  • Attend university and college meetings as needed to be informed on issues and activities.
  • Participate in the campus prospect management system, development officer forums/retreats and University Advancement planning meetings.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff and University Advancement.

Percentage Of Time


Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications, a resume, and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification. Full consideration deadline is July 20, 2018, 11:59 pm (MST).

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact

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.