Director of Development, Parent Giving

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 28, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The Parent Giving and Boulder Advancement Programs (PG/BAP) team in the Office of Advancement encourages applications for a Director of Development. Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, this position will coordinate, support, and lead activities as a forward-facing development officer primarily covering the Northern California region. This role is responsible for cultivating key donors and parents and securing major and leadership annual giving commitments. We are seeking a Director of Development with strong fundraising experience and extensive knowledge of major gift work in higher education.

The PG/BAP team is grounded in a donor-centered, “CU First” advancement philosophy which requires collaboration with units, divisions, schools, and colleges. Our campus partners include the Division of Student Affairs, Financial Aid, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement and Undergraduate Education. A key constituency for our office is CU Boulder parents, and we also work closely with alumni interested in contributing to campus-based initiatives and programs.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The office of Parent Giving and Boulder Advancement Programs is dedicated to engaging alumni, parents, and friends with the University of Colorado for the specific goal of securing philanthropic gifts to the Parent Fund and broader CU Boulder campus-level programs. The Parent Fund provides direct support for the programs and initiatives (i.e., health and wellness, career services, academic tutoring, etc.) offered to students through the Division of Student Affairs. Donor contributions to a variety of campus-level programs, i.e., financial aid, veterans, study abroad, etc., provide funding for the most impactful student success priorities and are investments in CU Boulder's prominence as an institution of higher education.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Individual Contributor

1. Serve as a highly productive team member by successfully managing and developing a portfolio of individual prospects, approximately 30% alumni and 70% parents.

2. Responsible for managing a portfolio of 100-125 qualified prospective donors and accountable for achieving annual development goals including dollars raised, number of proposals, visits and assists and other position requirements, i.e. serving as a resource for campus partners.

3. With a "CU first" philosophy, accomplish annual and multi-year performance and portfolio engagement goals, consistently develop assigned relationships towards solicitation of existing and future donors at or above $100,000 with the intent of sustaining and growing donors' impact on CU Boulder.

4. Identify, cultivate and solicit key prospective parents for membership in the Chancellor’s Parent Leadership Society Board.

5. Demonstrate dedication to donor-centered work by coordinating with advancement colleagues in schools, colleges, and athletics in cross-campus donor engagement, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.

6. Travel (minimally 8-10 times/approx. 35+ days per year) in order to meet key prospective donors and parents, coordinate with the PG/BAP Assistant Vice Chancellor, and as needed with the Principal Gifts team including the Associate Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Advancement on the highest capacity prospects.

7. Act as liaison to several “Boulder Advancement Program” offices in areas that include Student Affairs, Undergraduate Education, Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement and Financial Aid.

8. Regularly review portfolio to ensure appropriate mix of donors (discovery, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship) and capacity.

9. Develop strategic plans for cultivating, soliciting and stewarding each donor as appropriate.


10. Document prospect strategies and contact reports consistently, evaluate new prospects, generate stewardship reports and general correspondence to cultivate major gift prospects.

11. Ensure timely, accurate completion of proposals, pledges and fund agreements.

12. Represent CU at events in order to support the University’s philanthropic goals and to engage and cultivate donors.

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $85,000 - $95,000.
Relocation assistance is available within department guidelines.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 3 years of top level, successful fundraising experience.

What You Will Need
  • Deep dedication to teamwork and collaboration.
  • Expert knowledge of fundraising strategies and techniques.
  • Outstanding representative for CU Boulder’s mission, vision and values, including the University and Advancement Division’s dedication to diversity and inclusion.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, and ability to develop and maintain interpersonal relationships.
  • Strong aptitude for analyzing information/situations and problem-solving.
  • Steadfast ability to handle sensitive information discreetly and maintain confidentiality.
  • Capacity to organize and manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously; must have ability to work independently and collaboratively, and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Solid knowledge of current issues facing public universities and interests of current parents, alumni, students, and faculty.
  • Solid understanding of planned giving.
  • Software Utilized: Microsoft Office Products; MS Word, Teams, Excel, and PowerPoint; current donor database and transition to new CRM system.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • 4 or more years of top level, successful fundraising experience.
  • Higher education advancement experience.
  • Graduate work in related field.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

1. A current resume.

2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by May 12, 2021 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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