Donor Relations & Prospect Development Coordinator

Colorado State University Pueblo
Colorado, United States
$70,000.00 - $80,000.00
Dec 18, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
CSU Pueblo's next Donor Relations & Prospect Development Coordinator will be committed to transforming CSU Pueblo into the "people's university of the southwest" by supporting eight guiding principles that ultimately focus on developing students with the problem-solving skills, resiliency, and agility needed to navigate work in a rapidly changing world. To learn more about this bold vision, visit
As a Hispanic Serving Institution, we are looking for a dynamic Advancement professional who understands how to serve traditionally under-represented students through philanthropy. We seek an individual who can help us meet the needs of our students in and out of the classroom and remove the barriers that keep them from enrolling, persisting, and earning their degrees. The Donor Relations & Prospect Development Coordinator will design, develop, deliver, and administer donor relations and prospect development activities, in addition to other Advancement operations services. This position will report to the Office of Organizational Development at CSU Pueblo and will collaborate with the CSU Pueblo Foundation and the Colorado State University System. This position may require some travel and will require demonstrated ability to work remotely and meet deadlines without daily supervision.


 Description of Job: The Donor Relations & Prospect Development Manager will report to the Office of Organizational Development at CSU Pueblo, and will collaborate with Regional Development Officers and other stakeholders in order to:
  • Execute our new shared vision by ensuring that CSU Pueblo (a) remains accessible and affordable, (b) develops people, and (c) designs learning and support systems that support enhanced experiential education, soft skill development, as well as personalized advising and mentoring.
  • Foster and track activity on major gift prospects for CSU Pueblo, enhancing University fundraising success.
  • Support writing and design of multi-faceted, complex gift proposals.
  • Work collaboratively with numerous internal and external stakeholders, providing development support for Vision 2028 initiatives. Work remotely, or on site(s), as necessary.
  • Work remotely and meet deadlines without daily supervision.
  • Identify new individual, foundation, and corporation donor prospects through researching background information and developing materials, creating marketing plans, and organizing related programs/events.
  • Leads effort in major gift stewardship in order to retain and grow current donors.
  • Help to tell the story of CSU Pueblo Students, Faculty, and Staff in order to support development efforts for the university

Primary Duties:

Donor Relations and Stewardship
  • Creates strategic and systematic plans to communicate with donors around gift recognition, insight into the impact and significance of their gift.
  • Identifies, researches, and stewards major gift prospects, donors, and investment opportunities using specific metrics to track all activity and provide reports on outcomes.
  • Provides timely and reliable high-level qualitative and quantitative trend analysis that supports the strategic and operational effectiveness of CSU Pueblo’s major and principal gift programs.
Prospect Development and Research
  • Works collaboratively with CSU Pueblo leadership team and other departments to obtain information on the development and status of projects and major program initiatives on campus.
  • Monitors reporting of proposals, portfolios and progress through the donor cycle.
  • Designs and implement a comprehensive portfolio review process, to be conducted with frontline fundraisers.
Proposal and Collateral Development
  • Crafts compelling and complex written, digital and/or oral proposals for solicitation of individual, corporate, and/or foundation donors or investment prospects.
Ancillary Duties
  • Service on Campus Committees.  
  • Travel 5%. 
  • Other duties as assigned.



 Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights: Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university.
  • Ability to successfully complete a criminal background check.
  • Proven skills in supporting development professionals and leadership teams.
  • Demonstrated effective written, oral, digital and interpersonal communication skills including writing technical and financial reports, creating presentations of information in a clear and persuasive manner, and the ability to analyze, model, and showcase impact results.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the best practices employed in an advancement setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships throughout the university and with outside stakeholders and partner organizations.
  • Proven time management skills, the ability to prioritize, and the acumen to keep well-documented records are essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to work remotely, or on site, as necessary.
  • A minimum of three years of demonstrated success in progressively advanced fundraising support and a record of accomplishments in two or more of these areas: donor relations, prospect development, stewardship and advancement operations.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience supporting Advancement professionals.
  • Knowledge of higher education, including ability to package and sell CSU Pueblo’s vision, mission, and guiding principles; versed in university achievements, infrastructure, and long-term planning.
  • Experience with Raiser's Edge.
  • Graphic Ddesign experience.
  • Experience with Ellucian’s Advance.
  • Advanced analytical, critical thinking, problem recognition/avoidance/resolution skills.
  • Advanced skill to meet predetermined goals and objectives through effective program/project planning, organization, execution and evaluation.
  • Five years of donor engagement, stewardship and prospect management in higher education and/or nonprofit settings.


 Supplemental Information:
All interested candidates must apply through the on-line application system. No other format of application materials will be accepted.

Applicants must attach the following documents, in order to be considered for this position: 
  1. a letter of intent (cover letter);
  2. a current resume or CV;
  3. unofficial or official transcripts showing required degree conferred; and
  4. three professional references with contact information to the on-line application.
Applications submitted without the required attachments above will be considered incomplete and will not move forward in the selection process. Once submitted, applicants will not be able to make changes or add information to their application packet, with the exception of their personal contact and demographic information.

Early submission of application materials is encouraged. Screening of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, though all applications received by 4 p.m. (MST) on Monday, January 18, 2021 will be given full consideration.

About Colorado State University Pueblo
 Colorado State University Pueblo is a comprehensive state university with an enrollment of 4,000 students.  CSU Pueblo provides relevant professional coursework and superior instruction with a small student-to-faculty ratio for an ever-changing global economy.  Students can choose from 35 undergraduate programs with 81 fields of study in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; the Hasan School of Business; the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; and the College of Health, Education, and Nursing; and 13 graduate programs.
 CSU Pueblo is dedicated to interdisciplinary learning and entrepreneurship that elevates our people and our community, creates educational opportunities, fosters unique collaborations, and supports inclusion, access, and affordability as a gateway to the world. CSU Pueblo is equally committed to serving the diverse population of the region; this emphasis is reflected in the demographic characteristics of the student body. Because more than 25 percent of our students are Hispanic, the Federal Government has designated CSU Pueblo a Hispanic Serving Institution.  Besides reflecting our commitment to serve this critically important and rapidly growing segment of the student population, that designation also allows the University to compete for certain federal grant funds to support its ability to better serve all students.   
 Among its unique features, CSU Pueblo is one of seven schools in the nation to offer a degree in mechatronics, which combines electrical and mechanical engineering. The Hasan School of Business ranks among the top 15 percent of all business schools internationally with graduate and undergraduate programs in business administration accredited by the AACSB International Board of Directors. The College of STEM houses an undergraduate engineering program that was ranked in the nation's top 100 by U.S. News and World Report.  CSU Pueblo has an ever-changing campus landscape that features a newly renovated Library, a new general academic classroom building, and a newly renovated and expanded student center.
 At CSU Pueblo, Student Life offerings have increased significantly with the transition of the campus from a commuter environment to a more traditional collegiate experience.  Competing at the NCAA Division II level, CSU Pueblo is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and offers 22 varsity intercollegiate sports and also has active intramural and club sports teams that allow students to get involved in campus life.
 About Pueblo, Colorado 
 The city of Pueblo is a historically and culturally rich, diverse city of more than 100,000, located in the southern part of the state along the Arkansas River near the Wet Mountains and the majestic Sangre de Cristo range. Pueblo enjoys ideal year-round climate with four distinct mild seasons, crisp mountain air and 300+ days of sunshine per year. Pueblo attracts outdoor enthusiasts to a full slate of summer and winter recreational activities, encompassing water sports at Lake Pueblo, biking or running along Pueblo's beautiful river trail system, golfing, tennis, hiking or skiing in the mountains to the west.  The region is heavily agricultural, with large and small-scale farming and ranching, and a diverse mix of service, manufacturing, and technology industries.
 CSU Pueblo is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history (felony and misdemeanor), national sex offender search, and/or motor vehicle history. Candidates who are extended an offer of employment must submit to and pass a background check prior to beginning employment. Some positions depending on the job duties may be required to complete a DMV and/or credit check.
 The University reserves the right to check additional references, with prior notification given to the candidate.
 Note: The successful candidate must provide official transcripts of academic work completed and, under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, be able to submit evidence of the ability to accept work in the U.S. by the day employment begins.
 It is the policy of Colorado State University Pueblo to provide reasonable accommodations for employees and applicants with disabilities.  If you need accommodations, please contact the Human Resources at (719) 549-2441 or
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 Colorado State University Pueblo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Additionally, the University complies with all other relevant, federal, state, and local laws regarding employment practices.