The Office of Advancement at the University of Colorado Boulder has an opportunity for an Assistant Director of Development within Athletics. This is an entry-level position, however, some fundraising experience is preferred. The Assistant Director's primary responsibility will be developing relationships with CU alumni and other donors, targeting gifts in the $5K to $25K range. This role will also be responsible for working within the Annual Fund Operations with a focus on donor acquisition and retention efforts to cultivate new donors and steward existing ones. The Assistant Director typically handles smaller, less complex gift prospects with the intent of identifying, cultivating, sustaining and increasing donor relationship.
Who We Are
As the fundraising arm of CU Athletics, the purpose of the Buff Club is to raise funds in support of the nearly 350 student-athletes at the University of Colorado. By securing philanthropic funding for our state-of-the-art facilities, providing scholarships, or safeguarding the mental and physical wellness of our student-athletes, the Buff Club ensures that CU Athletics and our student-athletes have the necessary resources for success in the classroom, in competition, and beyond.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
The Assistant Director will proactively work to identify new prospects and cultivate existing annual fund donor relationships with the intent of sustaining and increasing relationships over time. The focus will be on personal visits, outbound telephone calls, and written correspondence as primary methods of donor engagement. Plan, organize, coordinate and manage daily activities to support gift solicitation efforts and events. The Assistant Director will leverage all available University and Athletic Department resources and assets (i.e. tickets, premium seating, parking, event attendance, etc.) to identify, cultivate, and solicit fundraising support. Portfolio Management: Specific goals relating to personal contacts, proposals, dollars raised, and other traditional development metrics to be set with and approved by management as part of the University’s annual performance plan cycle. For example (anticipated targets): Manage portfolio consisting of a minimum of 50 prospects Responsible for meeting an aggressive annual target of 240 face-to-face donor visits and meetings The Assistant Director will collaborate with University partners to coordinate fundraising strategies for donors with multiple interests. May work to design donor and volunteer cultivation events in order to attract and retain an interest in University activities and programs. The Assistant Director will work daily to ensure timely, accurate completion of proposals, pledges and fund agreements. Required to maintain accurate and timely documentation of prospect strategies and contact reports, evaluate new prospects, and generate reports and other correspondence as necessary to cultivate prospects. The Assistant Director will represent CU Athletics at external events in order to identify prospects and grow a network of support. Will serve as an active, engaged member of the Buff Club Annual Fund (BCAF) team and support all efforts of the BCAF team as under the direction of the Senior Director of Development for the Annual Fund.
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Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Minimum of 2 years of business experience required.
Experience with the following systems: Microsoft Office Products; MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; donor tracking software (BSR helpful), Paciolan/Spectra ticketing and donor development software.
Previous experience working in an intercollegiate athletics department is highly desired.
Fundraising, sales, or public relations experience preferred.
Experience targeting gifts in the $5K to $25K range.
Internal Number: 20047
About University of Colorado Boulder
As one of 34 U.S. public research institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)—and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region—our goal at CU Boulder is to directly affect Colorado communities through collaborative research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Our faculty, staff and students work with the broader community to establish unique connections that have lasting outcomes—both across Colorado and around the world.