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Associate Director of Development

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Prospective candidates should submit electronically, materials consisting of (1) a letter of interest responding to each of the qualifications; (2) resume; and (3) email addresses and telephone numbers of three individuals, one of whom was an immediate supervisor, who has firsthand knowledge of applicant's professional abilities. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Associate Director of Development
Research Professional Position No
Posting Number 201700891AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Number of Vacancies 1
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $70,000-$85,000 commensurate with experience
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Posting Date
Open Until Filled Yes
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 11/26/2017
Description of Work Unit

Colorado State University (CSU) is a premier public research university with world-class programs in education, research, and outreach. CSU’s premier standing among universities is increasingly recognized in numerous national rankings and for many years, CSU has been the school of choice for Colorado, with a long-standing legacy of attracting the best and brightest students nationally and internationally. As the premier land-grant University for the 21st century, CSU is addressing and solving the great global challenges of our time.
The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science’s (CVMBS) faculty and staff are nationally- and world-renowned in veterinary teaching (ranked #3 in the nation) and scientific research and teaching including animal cancer, oncology, infectious diseases, radiology, environmental health, equine programs, biomedical and clinical sciences, and veterinary diagnostics. The faculty and staff have a strong reputation of being committed and invested in student success, approaching education, research, and service with the mindfulness and impact that is essential to a robust student experience. They believe that the strength of this commitment enables our students to be prepared to tackle the world’s most formidable issues, positively influencing far-reaching outcomes, while achieving professional success. Alumni frequently comment about the unique academic environment in which they received their education and how it influenced their success as professionals.

Position Summary

Under the guidance of the Executive Director of Advancement, the Associate Director of Development’s primary responsibility is to identify, cultivate, and solicit donors capable of making $25,000+ gifts in support of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

The Associate Director of Development will manage a portfolio of major gift prospects, and present comprehensive proposals that match the fundraising priorities of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Examples include, but are not limited to: soliciting gifts to establish endowed scholarships and professorships, as well as naming opportunities for related buildings and research centers.
The Associate Director of Development will work in a dynamic team environment, and work in collaboration with central development partners to ensure we maximize and celebrate the philanthropic support of our donors.
The Associate Director of Development must be results-oriented with professional characteristics that include leadership, attention to detail, commitment to confidentiality, flexibility, team-orientation, and commitment to cultivating long-term relationships.

Required Job Qualifications

•Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in liberal arts, business, communications, marketing, etc. or related field OR a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of four years of experience as a development officer, or major gifts officer, in an institution of higher education or equivalent complex organization
•Demonstrated success in face-to-face solicitations of $25,000 or greater.
•Ability to travel in and out of state and work non-standard hours, including early mornings, evenings and weekends
•Must have a valid driver’s license, the ability to obtain a driver’s license, or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date

Preferred Job Qualifications

•Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification or master’s degree
•Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
•Demonstrated ability to cultivate, close, and steward major gifts. Understanding of proposal and development writing, fundraising principles and techniques.
•Experience in Advance or other donor management systems.
•Experience in engaging administrative and academic leaders, faculty, and volunteer partners in the process of building relationships with prospective donors.
•Demonstrated knowledge of and relevant ability with, culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations.

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

• Responsible for managing a portfolio of approximately 60-80 donors and prospective donors, and creating successful cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship 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+) and planned gift (bequest) solicitations.
• Maintain a high degree of confidentiality and adhere to the policies and procedures for accepting, recording and acknowledging gifts.
• Must be able to travel 25% of the time, including overnight and occasional weekends.

Percentage Of Time 70
Job Duty Category Faculty Relations
Duty/Responsibility

• Increase the involvement of faculty (both current and retired) in the development process in order to expand the number of people making philanthropic efforts on CSU’s behalf.
• Work with CVMBS development staff to develop strategies to engage emeritus faculty in a comprehensive and consistent manner related to fundraising and donor discovery, engagement, and stewardship.

Percentage Of Time 15
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 in concert with the Executive Director of Advancement, 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

Percentage Of Time 15

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Prospective candidates should submit electronically, materials consisting of (1) a letter of interest responding to each of the qualifications; (2) resume; and (3) email addresses and telephone numbers of three individuals, one of whom was an immediate supervisor, who has firsthand knowledge of applicant’s professional abilities.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License
Search Contact Wendy Abbott/ (970) 491-6631/wabbott@colostate.edu
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.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3
Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have demonstrated success in face-to-face solicitations of $25,000 or greater?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have the ability to travel in and out of state and work non -standard hours, including early mornings, evenings, and weekends?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a valid driver's license, the ability to obtain a driver's license, or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents